Review Summary: While not for everyone, Doll Doll Doll is filled with intense and emotional factions4 of 4 thought this review was well written
Upon listening to Venetian Snares for the first time, I felt like my head was going to explode. I was about to rage and scream in agony “What the hell am I listening to??!!!” But after a while of playback, his constantly changing rhythms and ferocious melodies began to slowly grow in my body. It didn't take much time, and I was beginning to actually grasp onto Venetian Snares as a whole. It came as an acquired taste, and once my mind settled in with the taste, I was in for a chaotic adventure.
Let me just clarify something to all the newcomers of Venetian Snares; his music is extremely tough to get into. It’s fast, its absolute chaos, and for some it might signal plain glitched up audio rape. His music is mind-boggling, and is constantly evolving/devolving left and right. It’s almost like a huge fat mess that is supposed to happen. While for most this may seem like too much to handle, other people may find it as an energetic rush, or an intense roller coaster ride.
Doll Doll Doll drives the energy and coaster tours out the window, and even blotches in a serial killer/evil twist. This album almost feels like you are being placed in a horror movie, with its pulsing gabber kicks, scorched melodies, and violent themes (mainly involving the killings of children). These are all formed in a highly complex manner and at times are difficult to comprehend all in one sitting. An afterburning leftover may crawl onto you, and leave you in a different state of mood. While this is common, it may just entitle that you’ve had your fair share of intensity for the day.
The songs themselves are all intense. While there are atmospheric interludes throughout, the sheer brutality will outweigh the quietness. These dynamic songs are also very lengthy, with typical 5-9 minutes to carry. Many jazz influenced sections are also prominent here, with spin-cycling parts repeating themselves onto the actual beat. There’s a variety of horns like the Saxophone and Trombone as well. Some might even entail the emotional factor increases, with a few noticeable springs of soothing pieces that are rather brisk and to the point. You aren’t going to find 12 minute long Miles Davis solo’s here not even in the sixth sense. But those horns make this album worth listening to at least once a go around.
So what I’m trying to point out is, this is definitely not an album for everyone. Many people might feel this album is just ridiculous, while the other side will feel it’s wicked yet tasteful. Doll Doll Doll is not accessible whatsoever (or Venetian Snares for that matter), but having the right set of ears for this type of music (breakcore, IDM) just may feel like a delightful treat. So get your headphones and get ready to destroy your eardrums!
Also, this album is insanely loud, even on the lowest volume.