Make a Change...Kill Yourself
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4.0
excellent

Review

by Anthemic USER (6 Reviews)
August 10th, 2014 | 41 replies | 900 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Some of the best depressive BM has to offer.

Make a Change…Kill Yourself is a depressive/ambient black metal band from Denmark comprised of two members: Lyricist Nattetale, and Ynleborgaz, who does all of the instrumentation and vocals. Nattetale’s lyrical themes on the album explore pessimism, suicide and despair, while Ynleborgaz’s musical performance follows the depressive black metal template of droning guitars, repetitive drumming, and vocals that sound like shrieks of torment from a medieval torture chamber.

MAC…KYS’s sophomore album is a forty-three minute long whirlwind of some of the most emotionally jam-packed black metal you will ever hear in your life. Even with only two tracks on a full length LP, this album stops itself from becoming boring or overly self-indulgent with beautiful ambient interludes and spot-on instrumentation that complements the unique vocal work found all throughout. The first track, “Life Revisited,” is a twenty-four minute piece that introduces you to the band’s sound perfectly. It opens with an ambient background that picks up a simple piano piece that lasts until the about three minute mark, when a simple drum beat and droning guitars wail their way into the song, kicking the piano out and introducing Ynleborgaz’s harsh vocals that really gives the music the depressive sound it’s aiming for. Thirteen minutes in throws the listener into a serene interlude with the guitars strumming a simple melody, devoid of drums with the vocals really standing out above all else, especially once the chanting starts. After a few minutes of the same, the song returns to the repetitive drums and raspy vocals playing over the wall of wailing guitars until the final three minutes of the track, which takes the listener back to the ambient intro with the keys into a fade-out.

The final track, “Fooling the Weak,” instantly throws the listener into a storm of drums and guitars with the same vocals. There’s more variation in the guitar and drum parts here than in the previous track, making for a more engaging experience. At the album’s twenty-eight minute mark, deep spoken vocals replace the drums and speak over a wave of noise made by guitar for a couple minutes before returning to the harsh singing and dynamic drumming. The same change occurs once more at the thirty-two minute mark, lasts for a few minutes and once again returns to a vigorous beatdown of dark instrumentation and howling vocals that any black metal fan should love. The last minute or so of the album replaces the usual vocals with chants, dropping the drums and guitars into an epic album closer.

Make a Change…Kill Yourself really shows their musical progression and maturity from their debut album to this one, making a bleaker album with more of a unique feeling to it. For fans of depressive black metal, or any type of depressive music, this album is a mandatory listen.



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Anthemic
August 10th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My second album review, pos if you like it, explain why not if you don't.

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ChoccyPhilly
August 10th 2014


6151 Comments


Wasnt too much a fan of their debut but I respect it for what it is. Good review though. Pos'd

YakNips
August 10th 2014


10645 Comments


this band is gr8

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insanedrexl1
August 10th 2014


545 Comments


Gonna check this. Good review.

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Anthemic
August 10th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys!

VaxXi
August 10th 2014


455 Comments


Im not into black metal much, but that intro in the first track is just outstanding. Great review too!

Gameofmetal
August 10th 2014


1087 Comments


Good review. I've been meaning to listen to these guys soon.

"Depressive BM at its finest."

I find this funny because your rating is a 4. Is a 4 pretty much the tip top of the mountain for this kind of black metal? Seems a little odd.

You described it as beautiful often and mentioned a lot of ambiance. That sounds not so much depressive black metal but more atmospheric BM. The vocals I would imagine to be similar to most black metal. Isn't depressive BM very lacking in melody and much harsher?

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah maybe the summary could use some re-wording, and this album is most definitely lacking in melody
and happy sounding rhythms, but it's also full of ambient passages and drones. This isn't typical run-
of-the-mill depressive black metal, but it's certainly not what I would call atmospheric black metal.
When I say beautiful, I mean in a sullen, dreary way, not as one would describe a flowering field in
Spring.

Gameofmetal
August 10th 2014


1087 Comments


Ok you just made me think of stuff like Wolves in The Throne Room while reading. Imma check this sometime soon.

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WITTR is my favorite bm band so it may have been a force of habit situation with how I worded certain aspects of the album, but there are very few parallels you could draw between WITTR and MACKYS.

Gameofmetal
August 10th 2014


1087 Comments


Good as they are my second favorite BM behind Caladan Brood.

MACKYS is the best abbreviation for a BM band lol

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol mackys.


And yeah Caladan Brood is sick, but I don't think I can rate a band with only one album as my favorite.

Gameofmetal
August 10th 2014


1087 Comments


I know, I get that same feeling like I'm jumping the gun but fuck that album is soooo good. The two summoning covers they did were really cool too. I'll be certain when they drop another record. Heard they were doing a split with Falls of Rauros, another awesome BM band.

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wish they hadn't done the Summoning covers tbh.

They're such a good band in their own right, it's a shame when people brush good bands off as Summoning clones.

Hawks
August 10th 2014


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I gotta jam this. Fri is the only thing I've heard so far and it rules.

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Anthemic
August 10th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fri is kick ass. So is this album.

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Accidental double comment that I don't know how to delete.

Gameofmetal
August 10th 2014


1087 Comments


I'm not even gonna pretend like I don't think Caladan does Summoning better than Summoning.

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm gonna give Caladan a few more releases before I make that judgement.

Hawks
August 10th 2014


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Caladan is awesome, but there's no way you can say they're better than Summoning until they've put out at least a few more albums.



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