Beastmilk
Climax


4.5
superb

Review

by kathartic USER (2 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2013 | 62 replies | 10,533 views


Release Date: 11/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beastmilk have created an irradiated gem, forged in the fires of a dying world.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Immediately when the first song is launched off one is caught by the sense of something eminently well-done: the song-writing manages to salute the past greats, without being captured by them. Old British punk, Joy Division, The Cure and The Killing joke are the more easily discovered points of comparison. But Beastmilk is a leviathan of a different caliber entirely, it shrugs off the chains of category effortlessly and works its alchemy with, among others, black metal and post-rock.

The artfully unpolished production of the record works excellently with the post-apocalyptic theme that is covered by the lyrics. Everything is destroyed, scoured away by Nuclear Winter, but a germ of something greater and infinitely more aware remains: the groove of the survivor. The survivor has left behind all pretense and vanity, he is as scarred as the music he creates. The fires of a dying world have etched themselves unto his wreck of a soul. His musical offspring is rock'n'roll, burnt to a crisp, that finds the strength to go on in the intense and mutating glow of radiation. He composes his soundtrack to the apocalypse, not to please, but to share his pain. He is the historian, reminding us of our past hubris and subsequent errors. We have destroyed, we have reaved, we have slaughtered; but are we eternally doomed to repeat our mistakes?

Climax is an off-kilter masterpiece, a true homage to the futility of human strugglings; we do all die anyway. But in the end one is left with a sliver of hope. In the forlorn but resolute words of the singer Kvohst: "Holding on to love in a cold world/I'm holding on to love/Crying out in a dead universe/I'm holding on to love".


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kathartic
December 3rd 2013



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

P.S. for now it's still streaming on the finnish music mag Rumbas homepage at http://www.rumba.fi/artikkelit/darkthrone-kehuu-converge-ylistaa-nme-esittelee-kotimaisella-beastmilkilla-menee-lujaa/

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2013



6013 Comments


Active album stream - http://beastmilk.bandcamp.com/



Album's great, opening track absolutely kills, review is short and sweet, pos.

This, The Missing album from Vaura, the Distance album from Ceremony (USA-VA) and the Sister album from In Solitude (partially, because the Swedes are primarily a heavy metal band) are among the best post-punk yields of this year.


One suggestion:

hubris

hybris

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BlackLlama
December 3rd 2013



1653 Comments


Good to see these guys getting some attention. I'm not sure if I like this better than their ep or not yet, I still need to let it sink in.

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sapient
December 3rd 2013



1962 Comments


Misread the band's name as "Breastmilk"

DropdeadWHA
December 3rd 2013



577 Comments


Wasn't too keen on this...might try it again.

Mad.
December 3rd 2013



3708 Comments


Not usually a fan of post punk but the band name and artworks on both their releases have me enticed...

Great comment from the EP review: "Band name makes me think of Beast Wars and Breast Milk; two things I liked as a little tike."

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toxin.
December 3rd 2013



12326 Comments


"Beastmilk have created an irradiated gem, forged in the fires of a dying world."

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2013



7365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

The album is quite good. Death Reflects Us, You Are Now Under Our Control and Love in a Cold War are killer songs.

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deathofasalesman
December 3rd 2013



5824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Waiting for this to come in the mail. I'm stoked on it.

tommygun
December 3rd 2013



24641 Comments


joy div? sold

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ZippaThaRippa
December 3rd 2013



2416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Beastmilk have created an irradiated gem, forged in the fires of a dying world."

haha right?

foxblood
December 3rd 2013



6797 Comments


looks alright

laughingman22
December 3rd 2013



1581 Comments


this album looks really cool

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deathofasalesman
December 3rd 2013



5824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou of Converge.


Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2013



7177 Comments


Thought the band's name was Breastmilk at first ahahahaha

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2013



6097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Amebix Sonic Mass
Joy Division Closer

Recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou of Converge.

sold

Parallels
December 3rd 2013



6641 Comments


that summary

Yazz_Flute
December 3rd 2013



18770 Comments


what an awful band name

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ZippaThaRippa
December 3rd 2013



2416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're the only one that thinks that

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2013



6097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

nope i agree



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