Momentum
Herbivore


4.0
excellent

Review

by Michael Snoxall USER (47 Reviews)
May 21st, 2013 | 13 replies | 1,616 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Balls to the wall hardcore that makes you feel like a jerk.

Alex CF came into the spotlight with his all-vegan band, Fall of Efrafa, in a raw style of blackened crust and post-metal, and from the influence of FoE, CF has spawned two bands: Light Bearer, which is a band that leans solely on the post-metal spectrum of the FoE sound. And then there’s Momentum, which focuses solely on the hardcore side of the FoE spectrum. And, like all his projects, Momentum has a concept. Fall of Efrafa had a concept based around the ideas and stories in the classic children’s novel Watership Down. Light Bearer’s concept is “an allegorical tale which directly derails monotheistic mythology”. And this leads to Momentum, which has two concepts. The band’s first album, Whetting Occam’s Razor, is another atheistically themed affair. 2012’s Herbivore is themed around veganism. Here on Herbivore, Momentum provides balls to the wall aggressive hardcore with the simple idea of drilling vegan ideology into the listener’s head, the only way Alex CF knows how.

Musically, this album is as solid as it could ever be. Herbivore’s sound is a fast, lean, hard and melodic. The first seven tracks clock in at thirteen minutes, and band doesn’t waste any time bursting out a bunch of one-minute burners with explosive riffs and d-beat drumming all under Alex CF’s throaty and powerful vocal style. His lyrics don’t beat around the bush; he has a message to spread to the listener whether they like it or not.

”Their lives are in your hands,
they’re in your throat, rotting inside of you.”

“When did we crown ourselves overseers of their fate?
Speciesism permits us to disregard emotion,
it belittles and objectifies those unable to dissent.
To prostitute their bodies,
to suffer indignant deaths,
to bleed their lives away,
to satisfy a taste.”


You can go into this record just for the blasting hardcore jams, but you can’t get away from the message. Whether it be the sampling throughout half the tracks involving little sound clips of people discussing the subjects of eating meat and its effect on the planet (the final track featuring a nine-minute speech by Philip Wollen), or it be the confronting lyrics, comparing such affronting issues to that of racism (“the same rule of thumb applies to generations/who considered some inhuman based on the colour of their skin”), and rape (“Forcefully impregnated/no consent/denigrated/forced to present a vast milk yield/through mechanised enslavement”), among other things. It’s surprising just how much scrutiny CF can pack into such a short runtime. The final track essentially ending the album at the fifteen-minute mark, before a five-minute silence and a hidden track (which includes the aforementioned nine-minute speech), musically the album is somewhere between fifteen-to-twenty minutes of unabashed hardcore that will take the listener aback.

And while the album’s concept does feel rather pretentious, or obnoxious, it doesn’t fail to get the listener thinking in the final moments of the hidden track, an unsuspecting cover of The Smith’s ‘Meat is Murder’, where Alex CF wailing Morrissey’s iconic lyrics, “It’s not natural, normal or kind/the flesh you so fancifully fry/the meat in your mouth/as you savour the flavour of murder/no, no, no, it is murder/oh, and who hears when the animals cry?”. This one won’t leave you to just enjoy it for its meaty hardcore riffs and fiery solos, no, it nags at you, and if you don’t have the patience to listen to what it has to say, this isn’t for you.



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MichaelSnoxall
May 21st 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review's kinda scattershot. Eh.

ButteryBiscuitBass
May 21st 2013


10001 Comments


Opening sentence is a bit of a monster, but otherwise POS'd.

DanielNightLewis
May 21st 2013


552 Comments


I like Momentum a lot but a lot of the vegan diatribe is a bit cumbersome. But it's a fun listen, especially while eating bacon.

XingKing
May 21st 2013


10561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stylistically, I like this more than their first album, but it lacks a real standout track (I.E. Theory). That ferocity is delicious though. Unfortunately, the lyrics are straight cringe inducing

DanielNightLewis
May 21st 2013


552 Comments


Agreed, the lyrics are heavy handed even by vegan hardcore standards.

tommygun
May 21st 2013


24920 Comments


steak rules

Digging: Broods - Evergreen

Gyromania
July 14th 2013


15681 Comments


bland and pretentious

XingKing
July 14th 2013


10561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They should have stuck with the "Science rules, religion drools!" aspect of the first record

Gyromania
July 14th 2013


15681 Comments


this album is actually pretty cool

Gyromania
July 14th 2013


15681 Comments


They should have stuck with the "Science rules, religion drools!" aspect of the first record

that sounds really dumb, glad they didn't

XingKing
July 14th 2013


10561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Are you not familiar with the lyrics on the first record? They are ten times better. Read some of them and you will see. They aren't as straight forward as the lyrics here so they don't feel like you're being suffocated by them

http://momentumband.wordpress.com/lyrics/

Gyromania
July 14th 2013


15681 Comments


this is actually my first experience with momentum, but if the lyrics in older stuff are anti-religious sentiments, chances are i'm probably not going to like them. i'm an atheist, but there should be no conflict between the ideal of science and the ideal of religion - i hear it enough on fb and other idiots peddling their elitist views

XingKing
July 14th 2013


10561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's not "fuck god" anti-religion. It's more like, open your eyes and understand that this universe is vast and beautiful and you don't need gods. The universe is one giant organism and we are just a small part of it. They also talk about animals and gender roles a bit.

"Consider; we are the mouth piece
sensory organs of this universe
the culmination of countless increments
forged in the furnace of disparate stars
consider; we are the cosmos
we are the fabric observing itself
our very nature, deliberation
an infinite lattice of sentient thought"



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