Review Summary: blood of the covenant
---It's not exactly unprecedented to give a rating that is somewhat influenced by situational outside knowledge.
Upon doing barely two minutes of research, I learned that this release was the brainchild of two sputnik users whose names I am not quite ready to confirm nor even remember because my hourly inward memory recollection is usually focused entirely on Supernatural fanfiction and the latest /r/celebfakes posts.
...anyway, the rating for this comes from a biased point of view that is (definitely a bit too) focused on the building
of this album versus the actual final product. I haven't listened to any of the artists' past works, but if "Zeus..." and "A to X" are any indication of the quality of their past efforts, then I am quite interested. That's what I rated the music as: interested/5. Very useless on a site that (seems to be) trying quite hard to remain overall objective, but alas.
The main intrigue I find with this album? split? ep? is how two completely different users were able to join hands and create something that is both endearingly brotherly as well as inspiringly and inwardly intimate. This is an intimacy that seems to have came from experiential moments shared by the two regardless of the other's physical involvement...truly a definitive case of factual, beautiful idiosyncrasy. They aren't writing the music together
per se, but there is a clear sense of shared creative toe-dipping that gives the duo both personal and shared charm.
I find this beautiful. Isn't it quite incredible to think that not only do we have the basic ability to communicate across literal borders, but we also have the ability to communicate thoughts and feelings across figurative borders? Being able to connect with someone and collaborate with someone who you have not even met is incredibly beautiful. It's actually incredibly poetic.
Borders cannot contain emotions I guess.
The songs on this are good. "Zeus" and "A to X" are particularly good. The overall feel of the album definitely leans towards a strange combination of industrial, minimalist, and I suppose "ambient." Musically, I guess I would give this around a 4. But as my ramblings have shown, the appeal of this is certainly increased by an understanding of the whole project itself. Journey --> destination and what have you. Emotions can sometimes overtake the product itself. I would rather hear an objectively poor album written by passionate musicians instead of an album by someone with a great ear for melody and songwriting but who cannot even begin to imagine an emotional attachment to the finished piece.
It's almost like falling in love (or at least in a certain aspect): you might not have dated the most beautiful girl in the world during high school. But if you fall in love, then you sure as hell will end up being in love with the most beautiful girl in the world. Subjectivity overtakes. Eye of the beholder.
While I may have opened up this page thinking that the album was a 7/10, I left giving it an easy 10/10 with a smile on my face. It serves as a perfect example of the importance of truly connecting: the journey makes the destination all the more sweet.
These two artists could release the shittiest stuff, and it would still have the charm and appeal of legitimate heads-together-companionship. This is a beautiful release that initiates emotions from dark areas you never knew you had, and yet the two are still able to make you giddy and happy. This is a clearly black and white album that somehow snuck off and became grey.
This is about the beauty of companionship and overlapping minds.
No descending, no deprivation, no slow senses. Just emotional music. The album is fine objectively. You don't have to enjoy
the music. You just have to feel it.