Love Sex Machine
Asexual Anger


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arche USER (90 Reviews)
February 21st, 2016 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unapologetically heavy but surprisingly listenable, Love Sex Machine's second release builds on their brutalising debut without losing sight of its appeal.

Love Sex Machine's self-titled debut was a monstrous, caterwauling mire of low-register abuse. Lacking any form of subtlety, either musically or in relation to its 'provocative' song titles, it was found by many to be enjoyable for that very reason; bringing in-your-face sludge to the listener at an animalistic standard. With this in mind, their follow up Asexual Anger carries itself slightly differently.

This isn't to say that Asexual Anger is entertaining the niceties; the focus still seems to be on seizing the listener around the throat and shaking them violently. Yves' vocals are largely a vitrolic, acidic rasp that sit deep within the mix, bearing resemblence to ex-Lord Mantis' Charlie Fell in his bile-spewing delivery. The sludge influence is the outstanding feature, mixing choppy, buzzing riffs with a deafening bass presence, but 'Infernal Spiral' is probably the closest to an unfiltered sludge experience the listener will face here. Their modus operandi is largely a peculiar mixture of the aforementioned, doom and hardcore punk, one which sees the different styles take prominence on a track-by-track basis; 'Aujeszky' yields an almost Nails-like sound and 'Silent Duck' is a great showing of grim doom atmosphere, to give but two examples. Arguably though, it's the production that provides the real drop-kick. Balancing the noisiness seen on their-self titled with a surprising low-end clarity, it allows the riffs that give Asexual Anger so much traction to stand out. The result is an album that is still punishingly heavily, but carries with it enough intelligibility that each track sounds strangely invigorating in conjunction with one another.

However, perhaps contradictorily to the previous point, Asexual Anger's most prominent asset is also its only weakness. Very rarely straying into higher territories, Love Sex Machine seem intent on staying within the boundaries of the thicker two or three strings of their instruments. Admittedly, while listening this is no problem as the Lille trio pull it off fantastically, but after 'Silent Duck' finishes, trying to remember any more than a track's basics even 5 or 6 listens down is a struggle. Whether or not catchiness was ever the intention is up for debate, but this does show that Asexual Anger is only really suitable for filling a hole when the listener wants something to pulverise their brain tissue for 40 minutes or so.

But then, what's wrong with that? Would a hammer be bemoaned because it's nigh-on impossible to saw wood with it? From the word go, Asexual Anger fulfils its purpose to a fantastic standard, while managing to distance itself from its predecessor through a well-balanced mixture of genres and a clearer production style. Although it may not cover a wide breadth of emotional response, for when venomous aggression is the order of the day, Love Sex Machine bring the goods with the greatest aplomb.



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Archelirion
February 21st 2016


5901 Comments


2016's heaviest album? Certainly up there. It's on Throatruiner so it's practically a given that it rips! Any comments, corrections and the like as always welcome :] Stream/name-your-price download here -> http://music.throatruinerrecords.com/album/asexual-anger

EvoHavok
February 21st 2016


7702 Comments


Once again you make stuff with funny names sound interesting. Good job!

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Archelirion
February 21st 2016


5901 Comments


Haha, I try ;] Cheers!

climactic
February 21st 2016


22445 Comments


yoooooooog gotta get on dis

wacknizzle
February 21st 2016


14525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for reviewing this, album rips

Archelirion
February 21st 2016


5901 Comments


It does indeed! How do you feel about this one in relation to the self-titled? I think I prefer this overall, but Love Sex Machine is just unreal in its intensity.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2016


11746 Comments


Excellent review, definitely gotta hear this now

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Archelirion
February 22nd 2016


5901 Comments


Hope you have fun with it :] And thanks, I must admit I'm quite happy with how certain aspects of this one turned out.

wacknizzle
February 22nd 2016


14525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think this album has more feeling, the s/t was just straight up heavy

romulanrancor
February 22nd 2016


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review ma bro, im gonna check this out m/

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Archelirion
February 22nd 2016


5901 Comments


Cheers brah :3 Hope you have fun with it!

romulanrancor
February 22nd 2016


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuuuck, you weren't lying about how heavy this is

wacknizzle
February 22nd 2016


14525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

band is heavy is fuck, so much fun

Sniff
February 25th 2016


5883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Band sounds like Black Sheep Wall a whole lot tho.

Archelirion
February 25th 2016


5901 Comments


Wouldn't know, but if that's the case I need some Black Sheep Wall in my life.

tacos n stuff
February 25th 2016


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only weak track here is atrocity, and its still sick

Archelirion
February 25th 2016


5901 Comments


Yeah, I feel the same. It's awesome, but kinda fades a bit in comparison to the rest. This might get a bump at some point, great stuff.

Flugmorph
February 28th 2016


21959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

drone syndrome





hehe

trilo
February 29th 2016


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

devolution is just too good

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ComeToDaddy
March 5th 2016


1805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds delicious, downloading now. No idea how you knock over reviews of this quality at your pace, hard pos.



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