Jute Gyte
Perdurance


4.5
superb

Review

by Claire Q. CONTRIBUTOR (56 Reviews)
July 30th, 2017 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most delicious mouthful of glass you will ever chew

At some point, I decided I would become an unlikely champion for the creations of Jute Gyte. I had already engaged in multiple bouts of self-flagellation for having failed to enjoy Oviri - and then I realised, far too late, that I was in fact a masochist. Perdurance is ever so slightly more tuneful than Oviri, though it stays true to its microtonal black metal roots. It’s certainly enough to put a Glasgow smile on my face.

Perdurance is built on layers upon layers of mathematical intricacies (“33-beat hypermeter”, “process-based gradient structures”) which really showcase Jute Gyte’s attention to rhythm and detail. Not that my opinion on that matters, of course. You’ll be lobotomizing yourself without anaesthesia to the tinnitus-inducing hums of “I Am in Athens and Pericles Is Young”, spasming and flailing your limbs to the disgusting grooves of “At the Limit of Fertile Land”. How Jute Gyte manages to inject groove, out of all things, into his needle-ridden sandpaper riffs is beyond my comprehension. It is all grating, so inherently revolting, but I can’t help but reach for seconds, and thirds, and fourths until I’ve established my 7:8 ratio of pleasure to pain.

If I’m sounding a bit insane, it’s because I am. Some amount of insanity is essential to the Jute Gyte experience - one half to begin listening in the first place, and the other half to lap up an entire record with glee. I’ll gladly trepan you if you consider yourself to be too sane for this record, but then Perdurance does a pretty good job of that itself. “Consciousness Is Nature’s Nightmare”, "we are damned by the will to live”, so why not carve out your own brains with the jagged knife that Jute Gyte has so kindly provided you" The succession of notes that concludes “Consciousness is Nature’s Nightmare” is positively nauseating, so harsh and unrelenting is the dissonance conjured by Jute Gyte’s sadistic guitarwork. And the man himself, well, I’ll let him screech to me until I’ve lost all memory of human language. Interestingly, Jute Gyte is quite well-informed when it comes to his academic references. He borrows from all sorts of literature for his lyrics and song titles, but the irony isn’t lost on me that I can distinguish very little of what he says and will probably forget how to read by the time I’ve finished my 10th listen of Perdurance.

Underneath all the hell-raising, though, lies an oddly beguiling thread that is omnipresent throughout Perdurance. There are moments of almost-harmony - the sinister saber-toothed twangs of “I Am in Athens and Pericles Is Young” are grinning nonetheless, and “The Harvesting of Ruins” actually features chimes. Eerie chimes, of course, but chiming can only sound so dissonant. But even when it isn’t so evident that the songs contain actual pitches, there is a perceptible logic to the way that the notes are arranged. The demons are wrangled into their place, so to speak. For instance, the rising sequence in “Consciousness is Nature’s Nightmare” is calculated to evoke “dark” up to “bright”, and for once, application of an abstract concept translates into sensory cognizance. The tracks of Perdurance, despite their sprawling lengths, are packed with buzzing ideas to which you cannot simply habituate; for a whole lot of noise, it’s very diversified noise. Even better, the noise gets a lot of room to breathe - there’s a generous amount of dynamic contrast that was surely intended to scare those who turn the volume up during quieter parts.

In order to compensate for my past transgressions of judgement, I’m issuing a formal apology to Jute Gyte. For my punishment I will float in a sensory deprivation tank, because I clearly can’t be trusted around weapons.



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VaxXi
July 30th 2017


4392 Comments


self commentary can be slightly toned down a bit, such as the use of phrases like "which I think" because they undermine the certainty of the points you make in this review. thats my two cents at least, I'm not a writer.

Chortles
July 30th 2017


21364 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i like the personalized style here. goooood review, couldn't get into this one though

ianblxdsoe
July 30th 2017


1911 Comments


i'm mildly intrigued to give this a spin now but i'm not sure i'm qualified 🤔

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BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2017


2759 Comments


What a shift, and so soon after cylinder gave Dialectics a 4.5. Claire, blink twice if Jute Gyte is holding you against your will, and another three if the mouthful of glass isn't that delicious.

Wonderful review, mate. Your output is inspiring as usual.

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clavier
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2017


835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you Blush < 3



and i don't know if i can blink anymore

hansoloshotfirst
July 30th 2017


1183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you changing your perception of Jute Gyte like:

https://media.giphy.com/media/u4DnvVypp0q8U/giphy.gif



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clavier
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2017


835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yup, that's me

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2017


11661 Comments


Great review, I believe the personal tone works well here too. Nice to see this one get a review.

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verdant
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2017


2364 Comments


yeah nice this is good and there's a few pretty funny lines i like well done

AsleepInTheBack
July 30th 2017


5917 Comments


Also love the personalized tone. Exceptionally informative one this and a lovely read

AsleepInTheBack
July 30th 2017


5917 Comments


Quite the contrast from your oviri review too

dbizzles
July 30th 2017


12830 Comments


Shit's fucked.

Nice review : )

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clavier
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2017


835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you all, i hope my attempts at humour were at least partially effective

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2017


2918 Comments


pos

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2017


24331 Comments


"Not that my opinion on that matters, of course"

???? ur opinion matters to me!

loved the insanity paragraph tho, lovely stuff. I rly like the personal tone as well but I agree with Vax in that it couuullldd be cleaned up a tiny bit so it's not tooooo self-discrediting but just my opinion, pos.

cylinder
July 31st 2017


1399 Comments


ahhh I snoozed, I losed. Good review haha glad you enjoy this one. Album makes me forget how to tie my shoes

Shadowmire
August 1st 2017


4595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cool!

i think the music is actually too logical and rigorously constructed to be so insane as you present it to be, but i understand the interpretation. keep it up

the riff 25 seconds into fertile land is such an earworm – reading this review got it stuck in my head

GhandhiLion
August 30th 2017


3474 Comments


Holy shit.

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cylinder
August 30th 2017


1399 Comments


^ basically

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2017


11661 Comments


J00t g00t



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