Make a Change...Kill Yourself
Fri


4.0
excellent

Review

by RATCHET SKANK 777 USER (203 Reviews)
December 16th, 2012 | 106 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most positive album of 2012.

As 2012 is making it's way out ready to ascend into 2013, Denmark's Make A Change...Kill Yourself have become sudden contenders for the year (much like Nokturnal Mortum in 2009) by releasing one of 2012's most important black metal albums in Fri. Those already familiar with the band will be stoked to hear the news and go out and search for it immediately, undoubtedly finding much to enjoy as MAC...KYS continue to take their melancholy, depressive black metal to new heights. Those with no prior experience with the band might scoff at the Danish duo's ostentatious bandname and suicidal artwork. To do so would be a great disservice to both the band and yourself as you would be missing out on a fine album.

Looking at the artwork of Fri you'll see a poor sap hanging from the gallows in a morbid black and white backdrop, indicating that the musical nature of this album will be equally as ghastly, but, rather than succumb to depressive black metal's pretentious faggotry and general lameness, MAC...KY rise above the sea of mediocrity and produce another unique gem for the conscious music listeners out there seeking music that is authentically dark. Featuring four sprawling tracks over a fifty two minute running time, Fri is a expressive, cinematic affair punctuated by strong melodicism, emotional ruin and savage aggression.

This is a strong album, manifesting dark emotions of failure, reject and self-hatred consistently throughout the fifty two minutes. Much of these empty feelings are portrayed by the astonishing guitar work of lone instrumentalist Ynleborgaz. Employing tremolo picking among other simple but effective techniques, Ynleborgaz really sets the tone of the music with his impeccable songwriting and masterful balance of melody and aggression. The music is very distinct in that it's both violent and somber. Tempos can surge up and down at a whim with stellar harmonies and torturous screams providing assistance. Synthesizers are used minimally in a way on Fri that compliments the dark nature of the music rather than overpowering it. Many bands mask their music in synth to hide their lack of talent. MAC...KY on the other hand does not. This is strictly a guitar oriented album that makes great use of rhythms and melodic sequences.

Along with the prominent guitar role, vocals also play a huge part in Fri's greatness. Ynleborgaz has a very distinctive, high pitched scream that is used through much of the album's duration. Having a tone that is neither whiney or over-zealous, Ynleborgaz gives the impression of a desperate man going mad in a infirmary. The hostile nature of the vocals compliment the guitars perfectly. However, unless you have a good translator nearby you won't be able to decipher the lyrics. You probably won't need them though. Suicide and the feelings of extreme pessimism as displayed on this album are universal. The drumming patterns on Fri are proficiently performed with grace and dexterity, flowing naturally with the music's raging tempos. Bass on the other hand isn't quite so prominent but that's a small blemish on an otherwise stirling record.

The production and atmosphere of this record is absolutely phenomenal. Although the production on Fri is a bit more clean and modernized than on II, the signature MACKY sound is still there. The atmosphere is still pessimistic as ever, the songwriting is still morose and the musicianship is still as tight as ever. This is a phenomenal late year treat from one of my favorite modern black metal acts. I highly recommend this to you guys.



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Graveyard
December 15th 2012


5747 Comments


band name = positive message

Digging: Nurse With Wound - Spiral Insana

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2012


50545 Comments


nice summary

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2012


50545 Comments


Do Something Positive For The Environment...Kill Yourself

BallsToTheWall
December 15th 2012


44620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

A shoutout to the disgruntled Caucasian white youth out there jonesing to pull the trigger on a few people.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Archael
December 15th 2012


26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dat carrying capacity mang

bakkermaarten007
December 15th 2012


3601 Comments


"A shoutout to the disgruntled Caucasian white youth out there jonesing to pull the trigger on a few people."
Well, he did kill himself...but only after the evil was done.
I don't think I'll listen to this album, but nice review as always though.

mindleviticus
December 15th 2012


8292 Comments


album sounds really dec

sixdegrees
December 15th 2012


17190 Comments


gotta check this out, great review.

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BallsToTheWall
December 15th 2012


44620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Legit band is legit. All their material is solid.

Wizard
December 15th 2012


19508 Comments


This sounds awesome!

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Tyrael
December 15th 2012


20899 Comments


Oh my god I didn't know these guys were putting out a new album!

Definitely one of the best depressive bm bands atm

TheSpirit
December 15th 2012


17927 Comments


Your most conventional ever

MichaelSnoxall
December 15th 2012


12163 Comments


Awesome band, loved all their other stuff. Will check this.

CK
December 15th 2012


4930 Comments


"The most positive album of 2012."

Looks at band name, then album cover.... I'm sold

Digging: Death - Human

demigod!
December 15th 2012


44721 Comments


what a band name 10/10

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Minus.
December 15th 2012


2680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Funny band name

demigod!
December 15th 2012


44721 Comments


may need to check this out

zaruyache
December 16th 2012


6866 Comments


This band gets thrown around one of my facebook groups a lot, but I always just assumed they were some lame depressive blackgaze thing. If you say it's good, though, I'll check it out.

Digging: Ardour Loom - Demo

zaruyache
December 16th 2012


6866 Comments


First song stars out with samples of a guy throwing up. Interesting so far...

MichaelSnoxall
December 16th 2012


12163 Comments


Dude, they rule.



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