The Glitch Mob
Love Death Immortality


2.0
poor

Review

by Will Robinson STAFF
February 10th, 2014 | 78 replies | 11,861 views


Release Date: 02/11/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When tried-and-true becomes too tired.

All things considered, “Can’t Kill Us” proved a pretty succulent introduction to Love Death Immortality. Naysayers all over the Internet were quick to propagate criticisms, slamming the track for its remarkable similarity to everything on the trio’s previous outing, Drink the Sea, and its starch-heavy, arena-filling lead riff. In this reviewer’s opinion, however, “Can’t Kill Us” is everything anyone has ever wanted from The Glitch Mob - big, bombastic, overblown music. Drink the Sea resemblance be damned - the song is a fine representation of the epic, movie-score nature of the group, which is the reason most people listen to their music in the first place. Anyone going into a Glitch Mob album should throw any expectations of subtlety and brilliantly-crafted sonic structures out the window, and their fans (a group of which I am a part) wouldn’t want Love Death Immortality any other way.

And then the full album came out.

If Drink the Sea was attractive because it showed a talented group squeezing every last drop of liquid out of the metaphorical sponge of “excellent saw-toothed synth lead over thumping, huge drums,” Love Death Immortality is essentially the same thing. Unfortunately, while Drink the Sea proved a fruitful endeavor, one where The Glitch Mob found their musical soul of sorts, that metaphorical sponge is now completely dry, and the group’s efforts here are fruitless at best and irrefutably bad at worst. Most of the album is made up of derivative, aimless brostep and electro house, and while I’m of the mind that interesting mid-heavy music is possible, Love Death Immortality is miles away from that. Instead, the album revolves around some sort of half-hearted mix of utter absence of midtempo experimentation and the exact same synth lead the trio employed on their first LP. By and large, the dubstep on the album sounds like a weaker version of a Seven Lions “trance-step” sound that’s gotten to be so trite that even Seven Lions himself has mostly put it behind him, and the electro house material is no more than the other side of the coin, about as faceless as possible.

Making things worse, The Glitch Mob have already pumped all possible life out of their trademark synth, and Love Death Immortality is a demonstration of what happens when that long-since-beaten-to-death synth sound is resuscitated. Needless to say, the results aren’t pretty. Although some might argue that the supersaw is what the trio needs to employ as their defining sound of sorts, the total lack of creativity for which it allows is staggering. They can hide their strict adherence to bland EDM standards - the washed-up electro house of “Skullclub,” the boring-as-fuck brostep of “Skytoucher” - behind the facade of the “unique” synth leads, and the frequency with which they employ this tactic seriously detracts from each and every song here.

I suppose the point which clinches this album’s failure is that there’s absolutely no furthering of the group’s sound. And obviously, many producers have made their living pumping out the same bestseller ad nauseam, but this is The Glitch Mob we’re talking about - they’re a talented group of guys. The least we should reasonably expect is something that hearkens back to the days of yore when edIT was making cool hip-hop- and IDM-leaning stuff, pushing his sound forward all the time, always avoiding the status quo. Instead, Love Death Immortality feels like an lazy cash grab, intentionally lethargic so that the majority of their fanbase doesn’t go home disappointed. It’s disheartening to see where The Glitch Mob’s path has led, another act lost to the nether of the electronic industry. Unfortunately, at this point it doesn’t look like much can be done to save them.




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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



3442 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Can't Kill Us: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKxDzyHPo0o

BREAKING: Will hates music. More at 11

Also s/o to someone inevitably calling out my username at some point in the comments

Azn.
February 9th 2014



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

im sad this is bad cos I enjoyed the first album

anyways nice review, seven lions >

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



3442 Comments

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ye seven lions is actually pretty good

Azn.
February 9th 2014



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yh he's a fantastic remixer and he puts plenty of thought into his compositions

Azn.
February 9th 2014



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

also are you saying that this is too similar to their first album?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



3442 Comments

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I'm saying that damn synth sound is too similar but everything else is mad derivative of other EDM tropes whereas their first album actually had some pretty cool beats

Azn.
February 9th 2014



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ah, I see

darn.

Rinx7
February 9th 2014



14 Comments


So Glitch Mob made the same mistake Feed Me did with his album. I just hope that Koan Sound doesn't drop the ball with their EP that is coming out next month.

Rinx7
February 9th 2014



14 Comments


[Crap Double Posted]

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



3442 Comments

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WAIT KOAN SOUND HAS AN EP NEXT MONTH

WHAT

WHAT

YES

Departures
February 9th 2014



876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

What is really sad is that these guys mega-hyped this record since the release of their debut album. They kept posting photos of them working on creating new tracks and boasting about the breadth of its new sound and then... they stream it and it turns out to be crap.

I had a feeling it would be crap though because they posted a list of their favourite remixes of 2013 a little while ago and it was all really benign and uninspiring EDM.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



3442 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Mind linking to the remix list? Would love to give it a look

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



28466 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

somebody feature this bad bitch!

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



3442 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I'm gonna ask nearer to release date, since it's not technically out till Tuesday even though the
stream came out last week. thanks for the support though means a lot =]

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



10328 Comments


great review. prefer these guys in small doses

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2014



3442 Comments

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just like your avatar ZING

actually I could probably watch your avatar for a while but I thought that would be a good joke idk

fromtheinside
February 9th 2014



18097 Comments


is this worth listening to? i like that one ediT song - u know the one...

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2014



31096 Comments


First album was just as terrible and insipid

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2014



3442 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I actually liked the first one a good deal but maybe that's just because I have good memories tied to it

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2014



3442 Comments

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Speaking of nothing in particular, did you get my shoutbox post Dev? I'd love some recs - I DL'ed some Dusky EPs and have been enjoying them a great deal but I know they're in no way essential



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