Author and Punisher
Ursus Americanus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
May 2nd, 2012 | 83 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A trailblazing fusion of industrial and doom metal created by the new musical prodigy.

Author And Punisher is a stage nickname of Tristan Shone, an engineering and robotics graduate who uses his considerable skills to design, build and prototype a peculiar brand of home-made musical instruments: a set of four devices he calls dub machines. This Arduino-powered gear can be conveniently manipulated to produce a plethora of sounds, loops and rhythms. Contrary to certain presumptions, the idea of composing and performing electronic music in this manner proves far from gimmicky bringing an organic, physical quality to a style that routinely revolves around synthetic sterility.

By means of his own inventions, Shone explores earth-shattering doom metal that has plenty in common with Godflesh due to its evident industrial inclinations. Even more than his debut album, Ursus Americanus is ridden with downright disturbing soundscapes which, along with sinister beats and heavily distorted vocals, make for a truly oppressive, stifling atmosphere. With this overpowering approach to sonic assault, the selling point of the album also lies in the immense diversity the seven tracks encompass. Every one of them retains individual qualities that distinguish it from the bunch. The opener “Terrorbird” juxtaposes heavily distorted, metallic passages with frantically paced beats only to achieve an abrasive result, while “Lonely” boasts a less rapid, lumbering sound design that's equally menacing as the first track. With its 10-minute running time, “Set Flames” is an epic centerpiece that relies on brooding soundscapes coupled with bone-chilling screams.

A full-throttle take on industrial is contrasted with two distinctly mellowed-out compositions that, for a change, evoke a sense of serenity. Aptly titled “Mercy Dub” finds Shone verging into a dark ambient territory, whereas “Below And Above You” merges an intriguing orchestral melody with swift overdubs that instantly recall Nine Inch Nails with their restraint. Closer “ILL Consuming” makes great use of quiet, spaced-out sections that work as an ideal build-up for overbearing doom metal outbursts.

With all compositional dexterity on display, Ursus Americanus is a challenging album that many fans of metal music might find difficult to absorb, especially due to its sheer lack of hooks. However, those who are willing to go beyond formulas will most definitely jump on the bandwagon. Author And Punisher's experimental fusion of industrial and doom metal aesthetics is formidable to say the least, yet it needs to be witnessed on stage to be fully understood and embraced. Tristan Shone is an extraordinary musician whose revolutionary approach to performing may very well be the future of electronic music.



Recent reviews by this author
Kimbra The Golden EchoDog Fashion Disco Sweet Nothings
So Slow DharaviMastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Fire! Orchestra Enter!Ought More Than Any Other Day
user ratings (39)
Chart.
3.7
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
BallsToTheWall
May 2nd 2012


44408 Comments


industrial and doom metal


whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

whoa

whoaaaaaaaaaaaa whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Digging: She Past Away - Belirdi Gece

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream:

http://releases.seventhrule.com/album/ursus-americanus


How does it work:

http://vimeo.com/15829164

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S_ij_l8dzc

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/11/st_obsessed_machines/


Digging: Lo-Pan - Colossus

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


16137 Comments


Balc got me to listen to this, but I wasn't terribly keen after one spin. Might give it another go soon.

Colliiiin
May 2nd 2012


672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HOLY FUCK, he has a new one?

When Drone Machines came out I was obsessed with the whole idea of how it was created and the album itself.

Digging: toe - For Long Tomorrow

PuddlesPuddles
May 2nd 2012


4772 Comments


Hm the doom I don't hear as much as just industrial drone

This sounds like something Mike Patton would do when he's bored, this is cool

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well. I'm not the only one hearing doom influences. Shone even stated it clearly in one of the interviews. This album is admmittedly more doom infused than his previous one.

PuddlesPuddles
May 2nd 2012


4772 Comments


No I definitely hear it, not what I was saying

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. He resigned from drone (to some extent) on this one in favor of doom.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


6114 Comments


Summary got me intrigued...

Will read later.

Digging: Disasterhate - Sacrifice To Eclipse

PuddlesPuddles
May 2nd 2012


4772 Comments


I dig this more than what I've been hearing from first

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's way better than first in my opinion.

Doom metal > Drone.

Acanthus
May 2nd 2012


9543 Comments


I take issue with the name of his machine, however I love the concept of this.

Digging: Falls of Rauros - The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. The music is also not too shabby providing you're into doom/industrial.

Acanthus
May 2nd 2012


9543 Comments


I can see the doom influence easily, this is great so far.

Eclecticist
May 2nd 2012


3863 Comments


This sounds VERY interesting.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's really fascinating. The guy's an epitome of awesome. His concerts must be out of this world.

Acanthus
May 2nd 2012


9543 Comments


Idk about that, as the few noise/industrial bands I've seen (and this is locally so it's obviously not a great indicator) have really bland shows.



greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard his concerts are amazing from a trusted source.

Acanthus
May 2nd 2012


9543 Comments


I'm not sure how one would move to this, slow slam dancing perhaps?

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 2nd 2012


10594 Comments


when is this guy gonna be contrib'd? We all know it's coming

Digging: Grouper - Ruins



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy