Acumen Nation
The 5ifth Column


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Willis USER (27 Reviews)
January 27th, 2013 | 21 replies | 1,506 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While being incendiary yet seemingly beautiful all the way, Acumen Nation have improved drastically from their previous records.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Acumen Nation’s fifth album, The 5ifth Column is what you could call a step in the right direction for the group. The album is filled to the brim with chugging, machine-sounding guitar riffs, a noisy rhythm section, and even features a huge array of powerful choruses, where the vocalists takes on an incredible role through most of it. Be aware, however, that the production here is extremely messy and can pack a punch in the ears, but really, this is probably their most accessible record yet if we’re talking musical terms. Arguably said, the guitarist has made noteworthy improvement with this album as well; he exercises his technicality and craftsmanship to an extreme with this one and almost never fails to tone it down a notch. Despite a few unnecessary lengthy tracks that go on for ages, and a few relatively minor inconsistencies reached in the latter half, this album may very well go down as an excellent record for the men.

In detail, The 5ifth Column is by no means a disappointing album, rather a very hate-driven yet passionate album taking loads of positives. For instance, take a gander at the first track Parasite Mine, a song that closely sounds like you’re being blown away by a Boeing 747’s engine. Erupting with head-nodding drums and a supersonic guitar riff, it’s an energy-driven opener (Monster Zero is just a quiet, short ambient piece) and lays a perfect foundation for what the band has in them. Just a Bastard is possibly one of their greatest tracks to date, mostly because of their slick mixture of pulsating electronics and a violently heavy guitar riff. Apparently, this song is thought to rumored about the death of Jamie Duffy with lyrics such as “are you still…down with me?” and “god doesn’t keep his failures from me………..it’s like an assassin for the better half. While the song has an aggressive nature, it can be somewhat emotional if you think about the meaning behind it.

Margasuck is lead on primarily by a fairly simple, enduring guitar riff that doesn’t really change direction much, but it’s a cynical song that even features rapping during the verses. By a stretch, the only real time Acumen Nation spread their wings and take a dwindle step down from the all the intensity, with 100% emotion is on the track Recaster, a very powerful track that serves as the most appealing track for all audiences. The use of the guitar is beautifully enhanced, as it’s very melodic and less heavy and groggy. There’s a better sense of pure emotion here, something that you won’t see much of on the album (definitely not saying that’s a bad thing).

Unfortunately, though, The 5ifth Column ropes in a few somewhat glaring mishaps that can interrupt the state of the listening experience as a whole. While the vocalist can definitely scream his heart out and provide the listener with guttural shrieks, sometimes they can be extremely aggravating and simply too loud. In other words, his use of the vox can become a daunting task to get through. If you’re not a fan of excessive use of the vox, it will be a major inconsistency for some individuals. Examples could be ones like Liquid Hater and possibly Dirty Fighter, as well. Another very little negative about the album is the song Wrath of Calixio, a tedious song that isn’t very musical nor remotely interesting, it’s more so a synth-driven track which I’m sure won’t attract many people, including me. Their unpredictable riff consistency and action-drenched choruses by far separate the album more than the rather than that lukewarm 7 minute track.

Overall, Acumen Nation packs in bone crunching riffs and strong musicianship to deliver a glorious album that drills deep down into their sound entirely. While the rather rough production is a bit of turn off, and a few songs are minor weaknesses as a whole, this is a pretty killer album and a great contender for their greatest album they could have processed.

Song recs:

Parasite Mine
Just a Bastard
Liquid Hater
Recaster



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Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


Awesome, awesome album

Parasite Mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piGwMBaZ1lw
Just a Bastard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5yVVLQ5hyA
Liquid Hater: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7imGrJ3dmU

I couldn't find Recaster, though, sadly. Might upload it later

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


  o 

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


thanks

FrozenVain
January 27th 2013



2367 Comments


[indecent and rude comment]

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


Uh..

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2013



9629 Comments


ay bb gurl u want som fuk

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


nice carrot

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2013



9629 Comments


Thanks, man. Grew it myself

Pos'd

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


Thanks

and nice, looks yummy

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2013



5977 Comments


why the awful name

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


It's an Aphex Twin song!! ;( Pff, I mean only his greatest song he's ever recorded that is

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2013



5977 Comments


o oops haven't listened :[

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


No worries, you iz still rocks

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


"I want that demon baby to swallow my cock whole"

That comment right there, is a submerged spot lurking around



And thanks 'shug

pizzamachine
January 27th 2013



12571 Comments


Great album

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


Agreed, I love it

Acanthus
January 27th 2013



9535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I bought this and loved it, then it just became really dis-interesting to me for some reason.



Digging: Die Sektor - Applied Structure In A Void

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


I bought this at a CD shop along time ago and never listened to it up until like 4 months ago

It's becoming one of my favorite metal albums

Acanthus
January 27th 2013



9535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I went with Amazon, picked up their latest work as well.

Mookid
January 27th 2013



1294 Comments


I was going to buy it on Amazon but I found a copy for like 5 bucks at my (once) record store. I said hey why not

I can listen to this album all day, though, it's that good



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