Black Light Burns
The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
August 13th, 2012 | 47 replies | 10,800 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Because I want you to.

Along the years, a lot of people learned that there was more to Wes Borland than his monolithic riffs with occasional spacey detours present on Limp Bizkit albums. Black Light Burns is the product of his imagination let loose and after a 4 year gap since Cover Your Heart And Anvil Pants Odyssey, Borland came back with an entirely new lineup and an expansive new record that is The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall.

Much like Queens Of The Stone Age's Songs For The Deaf or Nine Inch Nails' Fragile, The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall is an insular record that if understood, can be better enjoyed on its own. There are some catchy songs that are clear highlights and easier to get into, such as the drivingly mechanical "I Want You To" or the sparse and quiet "The Colour Escapes", but the majority of the record is a grower that flourishes when listened to as a whole. Even the preview tracks, "Splayed", "Scream Hallelujah" or "How To Look Naked", that have been released to the public sound a bit odd outside the frame, but they really find their place here.

Musically, Borland gathered his influences and molded them here to create a 65 minute odyssey. While some of the tracks are influenced by punk, such as the manic "We Light Up" and the fuzzy "How To Look Naked", odd metric Zappa-like rhythms and detours found on "Torch From The Sky" (that breaks from a scorching riff to a mellow, spacey guitar solo over an almost lounge background), "Because Of You" and "Burn The World" (this one being more similar to Tool's dynamics) or more exotic influences, like the bouzuki accompanied "The Colour Escapes", everything here is tied up by an overall industrial tinged feel akin to the aforementioned Nine Inch Nails or Marilyn Manson (most evident on the slow burner "Bakelite", that boasts a bass led rhythm reminiscent of 2003's Golden Age Of Grotesque's "Para-Noir"). Whether the ambient touches or hard hitting riffs of these two bands, none of the tracks on The Moment... feel out of place and that's a positive aspect, because at its length, the record might get a bit exhaustive.

The production is dense and features a lot of keyboard trickery that accompanies the overall guitar led melodies, creating a brooding atmosphere, especially on the title track that slowly grows from eerie synths to rather dissonant guitar solos and epic choir chants. Also, for those who are interested, the band has released a really cool trailer featuring an edited version of "The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall" that is worth checking out.

Borland's schizophrenic vocals also add a lot to the nature of the record and will easily divide opinions among fans and newcomers as well. Ranging from a whisper to a Manson-like high pitched outing, he intentionally sings out of key at times, adding some theatrics and eccentricity to the tracks, often working really well. Some examples are the sprawled and noisy "Splayed" or the aggressive "Scream Hallelujah", that would easily fit on Nine Inch Nails' 2005 effort, With Teeth. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, because Wes easily manages to create something of his own, so the songs aren't carbon copies of others.

Overall, this is a really interesting and fun record to listen to, but at the same time it can easily be dismissed by those who don't have the patience to give it a few spins (or Limp Bizkit haters that won't even bother checking it out). Wes should focus full time on Black Light Burns and release more records under this moniker, because this band offers a lot more thrills than his main one does.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



3336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08S4wclThSY
I Want You To - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oblceu3a7AA
The Colour Escapes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D58sHHG3Q5A
Because Of You - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUx-frLYEbI

Sorry for posting it so early BassDemon. I hope you won't hate me.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



4382 Comments


I guess I should check this out. I've never heard these guys before.
Very well-written review, by the way. POS'd.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



3336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey Paperback! Thanks man. It's surprisingly good, check out the songs in the comment box, they are the best, but the whole album kicks ass.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



4382 Comments


I'll give them a listen, mate. Thanks.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



7321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

The record's very interesting indeed. While I'm quite sure it doesn't top Cruel Melodies for me, it has definitely a lot going for it in terms of variety and sheer eccentricity. You've got plenty of musical references right imo. The album in places does sound very similar to With Teeth and some of Manson's work... also yes, his vocals are purposefully off-key many times. Great review.

Digging: Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



3336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Greg! Many times when I listened to it some Manson and NIN songs kept popping in my head. I really dig it and so far I feel it's tied with Cruel Melody for me. That album has some really great songs, but there are some missteps on it too. On the other hand, The Moment is better as a whole. I just hope it won't take him another 5 years to release a new record.

Also, thanks mods for featuring this!

MrElmo
August 13th 2012



1950 Comments


Big fan of mad vocals and industrial so I'll give this a try....

chambered49
August 13th 2012



1727 Comments


SOUNDS COOL GOOD REVIEW

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



3336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks chambered. The album is really cool, you should give it a try. At least the tracks I put the links to.

chambered49
August 13th 2012



1727 Comments


def will after work man

BassDemon333
August 13th 2012



3351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Congrats on the feature and good review, take a pos.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



3336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Bass. I thought you'd be mad I submitted this on the same day with yours. Haven't you asked for a feature ?

ZedO
August 13th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good work man, gonna give this a listen asap..

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



3336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Zed, check it right away haha.

There's a link to a stream on AOL Music for anyone who won't bother to search for the whole album or just wants to hear it online - http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds#/9

ZedO
August 13th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha thanks Raul, checking this now..

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



3336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just kidding man, I've just found the stream and wanted to put it on for easier access to the album.

Acanthus
August 13th 2012



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review, will get this I think.

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DatsNotDaMetulz
August 13th 2012



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I wanted to do this album but oh well. did new While She Sleeps instead.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012



30882 Comments


Haven't you asked for a feature ?


Maybe he was planning on waiting more than 5 seconds after posting his review before asking for one

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Mendross
August 13th 2012



369 Comments


Well that's stupid.



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