Pogrom
Multicultural Degeneration


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kevin K USER (56 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2012 | 24 replies | 2,360 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mental earthquake

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

It was kind of hard for me to describe this album without just spewing out every synonym for “chaotic” and “coarse” I could think of, but here it is: wow, does it pay off to go into things with an open mind. Let me just first admit this being my first power-electronics album (“congratulations Kevin”–sputnik userbase), and that I never thought I would understand, let alone like, something quite like this. Probably the closest thing to noise rock I have ever truly loved was “Fainting Spells” by Crystal Castles, and even that had an underlying melody and rhythm buried underneath the cacophony. This time, I didn’t have anything to associate to another feeling, nothing to listen and say “hey, that sounds like “Song” by Band”, and quite frankly, nothing to really like, or at least I expected as much. It’s a far cry from something I would normally listen to, but going in with zero expectations and taking a sheer leap of faith (I was given duties to review this album, after all), I can safely say Multicultural Degeneration is a worthy, if a little disturbing, ensemble of controlled chaos.

At first, the album cover intimidated me a bit. Looking at the [insert politically correct word for “retard” here] and the pornography, reading song titles like “Racism As A Weapon Against Degeneration” and of course the band’s name, I feared I would have to dig for some underlying socio-political message to sell this album. After all, what aural sensations could one perceive from a sound that admits itself to be just noise? I smelled a concept album at one point too, but frankly I gave up caring about the fact, exactly when track 4, “Trash”, first played for me. At this point the album reveals its heritage to industrial music, with minimalist rattling and steel-banging playing out a tense vibration of paranoia. Hearing this song in the dark all alone comes highly recommended from this reviewer, and despite the clichéd setting, you won’t feel anything like you would being told to listen to an album like Grace or Homogenic in the same manner. No “oh my God it clicked” moments, just intensity so scattered and sparing that it leaves you in a cold sweat. Which brings us to the fact that yes, moments of respite exist on Multicultural Degeneration, just not in a Resident Evil-save room kind of way. After the blistering opener “White Barbarian”, track 2, “Hung”, can be best described as the true calm before the storm. It’s anything but peaceful however. There’s a sense of dread throughout the entire piece, a sense of being followed or hunted that can’t even be confirmed except by your own masochistic imagination. From here on out is a cold, relentless visage staring you down only behind the smog that fills your head; it never reveals itself to be real, but the threat haunts you persistently.

Chaos burns onward. One-hundred percent of the time I did not understand a single word being screamed agonizingly where there were vocals, but who cares. The thing that surprised me the most was the ambiance; it’s remote and vapid, terrifying at points, but the fact that I could even perceive that from such overtly, uh, noisy album left me pleasantly surprised. Then again, how could something this raw and abrasive have been executed by any other sound? It’s remarkably powerful with its subtlety, and by that I mean it knows exactly when to strike and when to relent as not to actually come across as sheer cacophony. With that said, I found it an accessible entryway for a very inaccessible sound, which alone just sounds impressive, but it certainly doesn’t stop there.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
WashboardSuds
July 21st 2012



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

for Weepingbanana/RiffOClock. surprised by how much I liked the album, and by how the review turned out

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 21st 2012



49955 Comments


woah the album riff picked is good?

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MO
July 21st 2012



18418 Comments


rules

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WashboardSuds
July 21st 2012



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"woah the album riff picked is good?"

at first I would have said no, but I ended up enjoying it later on

CaptainDooRight
July 21st 2012



28685 Comments


heard a lot about this

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Fugue
July 21st 2012



7352 Comments


So I just downloaded this. Expecting it won't be my thing but I'll go in with an open mind.

CaptainDooRight
July 22nd 2012



28685 Comments


not my style of enjoyment but yea

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2012



23800 Comments


pos

recommended by reviewer
how should I know


+1

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2012



23800 Comments


i need to write my "assignment"

I listened to the album and it was pree cool.

/review

aok
July 22nd 2012



4386 Comments


it's a little long in parts and i think you used the word 'i' a little too much but cool stuff overall dude (pos). don't picture myself liking this too much though

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WashboardSuds
July 22nd 2012



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks man, I really don't think this would be your thing either, hell it's barely my thing. haha

Havey
July 22nd 2012



9642 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A PE review

WashboardSuds
July 22nd 2012



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

huh?

Havey
July 22nd 2012



9642 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry, I was in shock. Thought I was just seeing things because I've never seen a PE review on sputnik before

aok
July 22nd 2012



4386 Comments


what's a PE review?

WashboardSuds
July 22nd 2012



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

power electronics. lol I didn't even realize that when I read his comment

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2012



23800 Comments


what the fuck is "Power Electronics" anyway?

WashboardSuds
July 23rd 2012



4990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I guess noise created with electronics? according to what I've read it's a loud, violent precursor to industrial music

eternium
July 24th 2012



16332 Comments


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_electronics_%28music%29

Graveyard
July 24th 2012



5675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos'd

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