Acylum
The Enemy


4.5
superb

Review

by Acanthus USER (46 Reviews)
January 17th, 2012 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Acylum have crafted a thing of noise, sounds of torture, pain, and German sensibilities.

Acylum have crafted a thing of noise, sounds of torture, pain, and German sensibilities. This thing is the bands third album The Enemy, and it's a ride through madness.

Band members Pedro and Nadine Engel hold no punches, right away The Enemy opens with the aptly titled “The Enemy [Kopf durch die Wand];” a hauntingly atmospheric track that uses interweaving female high vocals and a rather stompy delayed beat to instantly grab the listener. Spoken word lines are spit out in German while off in the distance a woman wails as the beat pounds through the speakers. The only recognizable line in English is a harsh distorted hiss: The Enemy Pedro proclaims, The Enemy! The track lets the brief beauty of a piano interlude color the drab black/gray soundscape but once before dragging the listener down again.

Moments like this are found throughout the album, and if the reader finds themselves fist pumping and salivating for more know then they've more than likely found their new favorite band. The harsh commanding lines of “Raise Your Fist” are adrenalin enducing, while the borderline noise static of “Hetzjagt” is a nice home away from home for the industrial noise fan. This will be the drawback that many find upon listening to The Enemy; its unabashed noise/dark industrial pacing can be hard to stomach, especially at the albums 15 track length. Brief respites can be found, but nothing completely drops the bands signature atmosphere and it can become unrelenting if the audience is not prepared.

Adding to the albums repertoire are the Engel's; they make a perfect duo. Pedro normally uses the harsh distortion favored in aggrotech acts while Nadine uses her vocal beauty and feminitiy to deadly effect, gracing the listener with both cleans and moments as dark as her partners. Surprisingly there are some truly catchy synth lines to be found here (see “Crazy”), but they can be overlooked quite easily once the dark vocals and hard-to-make-out samples are added into the mix. Tracks like “Lightning Child” show that the duo isn't a one trick pony, accomplishing softer, more beautifully haunting tracks with the same ease and grace which they go about making utter musical insanity.

Fit for the club or dark abode The Enemy is an album that surprises. With so much going on at once finding new moments and elements to each track is assured on future listens, if the audience wants to revisit. Though the atmosphere is a big selling point many will be put off by its sensibilities and dim setting, although that just helps secure the albums uniqueness. Acylum have gone slightly softer on their latest release, Karzinom, but The Enemy shows that the band has a long way to go before they can ever be accused of “selling out.”



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Acanthus
January 16th 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Any issues hit me up, this was a feverishness writing session.

Love this album, it always surprises.

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bloc
January 16th 2012


35025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I'm scared : (

Acanthus
January 16th 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I read your sound off way before I got this, but I liked Karzinom enough so this sounded good;
I was not disappointed.

pizzamachine
January 16th 2012


12572 Comments


Oh ho! Reviewing this and not Karzanom? Shyamalan twist!

jayfatha
January 16th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album rules so hard, probably gonna have to bump up my rating

Acanthus
January 16th 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like this better, but I've also the deluxe version of Karzinom so there IS a limit to what I can listen through : P

pizzamachine
January 16th 2012


12572 Comments


Yeah it's pretty tough on the ears. And the soul.

Acanthus
January 16th 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It definitely isn't for everyone that's for sure, I remember Willie rec'ing it way back.

pizzamachine
January 16th 2012


12572 Comments


Good ol Willie.

Willie
Moderator
January 16th 2012


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yeah, I rec's it. Fucking awesome album.

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Acanthus
January 16th 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, sad that he's so busy now with life/upper lvl Sputnik - miss his industrial lists.

Edit: There he is!

pizzamachine
January 16th 2012


12572 Comments


But he does show up now and then ;)

KevinKC
January 17th 2012


218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn ! I too wanted to review this ! Karzinom feels harder to review. ES and Wynard are my favourite tracks. I thought it would be a Willie review. I'm glad someone's done it though, it is an awesome album which deserves to be talked about.

Horsehammer
January 17th 2012


550 Comments


love these song titles

Acanthus
January 17th 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice to see this getting love, I knew the band had some fans out in the wood works somewhere ;]

MisterSteel
January 17th 2012


453 Comments


This is actually the only Acylum I've never heard, so we'll see how this goes.

Acanthus
January 17th 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've just got this and their latest, with a few remixes thrown in between of course.

jayfatha
August 16th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just upped to 4.5, me and this album go back

Acanthus
August 17th 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It IS a fun album for sure, kinda sad but I'm burned out on industrial for the foreseeable future.



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