Author and Punisher
Women and Children


4.2
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
May 16th, 2013 | 45 replies


Release Date: 06/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tristan Shone further refines his trailblazing fusion of industrial and doom metal.

Author & Punisher is a stage pseudonym of Tristan Shone, a scientist, sculptor, designer and, most of all, musician hailing from San Diego, CA. His previous release Ursus Americanus surprisingly occurred on numerous metal lists last year proving that the demise of industrial some are increasingly often willing to proclaim is far from imminent. What makes this project so note-worthy then? Shone's secret lies in the seamless synthesis of styles, and the way he renders his music is utterly trailblazing.

An immense set of four devices he calls dub machines can be conveniently manipulated to produce a multitude of sounds, loops and rhythms. This approach to crafting music that combines musicianship with engineering (or even robotics) is so unique and forward-thinking that transforms Shone's live shows into unforgettable futuristic spectacles of one man confronting a machine. The fact that in the process he's capable of composing the most exciting industrial music in years cannot be undervalued.

Women & Children shares many similarities with Shone's previous record. For starters, the artist has worked with the same set of devices, which makes both albums sonically alike. It's still an agile amalgamation of doom and industrial metal that places an emphasis rather on a stifling atmosphere than perfectly timed songs. No matter how raw and devastating the sound can get, it never ceases to feel organic due to the sheer physical force that has been utilized to create it.

Just like its predecessor, Women & Children consists of seven divergent tracks that are linked by carefully dosed aggression. Shone's much improved songwriting is what makes his new endeavor even more tense and unpredictable. The album's way more than a constant sonic assault that's lacking in focus. Instead, the songs ebb and flow with admirable precision swiftly building up from atmospheric to bombastic passages that in turn often unexpectedly dissolve into darkness. “Melee” does just that with its masterful symbiosis of overpowering soundscapes and a killer beat to boot. In consequence, the track feels both immediate and darkly mysterious, much like the majority of the disc's content.

The album also sees Shone expanding his melodic sensibilities, which makes his performance more accessible than ever before. The musician uses his natural singing voice along with distorted screams that propelled his previous effort. This newly acquired vocal diversity makes its presence felt in splendid “In Remorse” which juxtaposes a memorable melody with deranged screams to a gradually unraveling accompaniment. Another novelty for Shone is Trent Reznor-inspired reliance on piano that adds an eerie vibe to the album's latter half. This instrument is employed to the most exquisite effect in “Pain Myself,” a bitter ballad that finds the artist merging a conventional song structure with sudden outbursts of harsh noise.

Overall, Women & Children is an all-consuming trip into the realm of mental destruction that amazes with its potent use of musical machinery. Shone certainly knows how to draw from many influences without making them painfully obvious, and this new album only refines his knack for crafting electronic music that's chiefly ingrained in industrial and doom metal. Both greatly daring and innovative, the record is destined to be one of the most coveted underground releases of the year.




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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2013


31474 Comments


And this is why we avoid ampersands

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NeoSpaz
May 16th 2013


4519 Comments


Ampersand glitch?

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2013


7428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

I agree. We should stop using them.

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2013


23964 Comments


greg84.3

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2013


7428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

New contribs trolling. How uncool is that!

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2013


4452 Comments


I'll look into this. Nice work, Greg.

kitsch
May 16th 2013


5107 Comments


This guy is so awesome. Here is a video of his self made machines to help illustrate the second
paragraph.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGYt88HFpH4

Great review greg, i didn't know you liked industrial!


Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2013


10353 Comments


This is really interesting! Kitsch posted the promo video on Facebook, and I'm certainly interested. Nice work, Greg.

Typhoner
May 16th 2013


891 Comments


I heard parts of his previous album, it was pretty interesting but it quickly lost my interest. But if you say his songwriting improved...

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Colliiiin
May 16th 2013


673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome cant wait to jam this, Ursus Americanus was pretty sweet but I like the debut a fair amount more. Also good review, you make this sound more interesting than the last one and I like that you're saying the songwriting has gotten better as well as more melodies.

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Acanthus
May 16th 2013


9543 Comments


I like this guy, just have to be in the mood for his stuff. Nice review, I'm sure he'd be great live.

Gyromania
May 16th 2013


15964 Comments


this is awesome, greg

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2013


7428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Thanks guys.

I don't think this record will change anyone's mind about him, but you should at least give it a spin when it comes out.

chemicalmarriage
May 16th 2013


1933 Comments


great review man. saw this dude follow Encrust and he's amazing. nice to see him getting some love around here.

Ire
May 16th 2013


41820 Comments


yea this guy is ill

Cygnatti
May 16th 2013


21822 Comments


dug his last album, didn't think he'd make another quite so soon.

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YankeeDudel
May 16th 2013


9313 Comments


^yea ive only listened to his last I think once but it was good.

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wacknizzle
May 17th 2013


13601 Comments


Sweet review. Just got until this guy recently. I'm quite infatuated with the man controlling machine organic-ism with it that sets it apart from being strictly industrial/electronic keyboards/computers what-not, and it's doom metal at the same time! Really looking forward to hearing this.

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halloway
May 17th 2013


684 Comments


I've just been getting into this dude as well. He has some pretty interesting interviews regarding his equipment, I'd post them if I could remember where they were from. Great review, as usual. Can't wait to hear this.

MrElmo
May 18th 2013


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This looks truly amazing. Plus I'm on an industrial binge right so this is just on time, thanks greg



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