Dalek
Endangered Philosophies


4.0
excellent

Review

by kingdedethefifth USER (79 Reviews)
September 7th, 2017 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I am content to be your heretic.

There is an unexpected element that has been thrown onto Endangered Species that isn't present off of Dalek's more renowned records. It's definitely safe to say that this album basks in the aftermath of the months following the 2016 election, which means that it's essentially soaked in negativity and has a very "the entire earth is crumbling and we are the propagators of this madness" feel to it. Maybe this isn't anything too new for Dalek, being as socially conscious as they are. What is new, however, is how Dalek manages to maintain the melancholy off past albums while toning down the weirdness. Albums like Absence felt like a puzzle where the pieces all fit together perfectly, and yet the image still felt warped and bewildering to look at. This isn't entirely the case here, however.

First off, this is notably less abstract than previous affairs, being notably more direct in its sound. We're greeted with a thick, dense fuzz and slow, pounding drum beat off of "Echoes Of" , which certainly paves the way for the rest of this record. The track is grimy, like sewage sludge propelling into the Atlantic. Accordingly so is Dalek's rap performance, spewing forth lines such as "Truth's once evident/replaced by vile rhetoric/content to be your heretic/i'm surrounded by my derelict's" in a dark and hazy tone. That is essentially the atmosphere surrounding this album-jaded and drained. The sins committed, morals defiled and chaos that the world has been building upon brick by brick is finally crumbling, and Endangered Philosophies is a creation that coagulated from the black smokes arising from an incinerated earth. Tracks like "Beyond the Madness" prove this further. "let's stop pretending this breath is eternal/precious external/existence in peril". The earth, being pushed beyond known limits, will come to a grinding halt. This will be of our own doing, and our time is running out. We may only have one last breath, and so lets make that breath worth something. This is what Dalek is trying to tell us.

Dalek doesn't throw any punches off this album. They say what is necessary and close the album promptly with "Numb", which is a perfect recap to ethereal shroud that is the other tracks. Despite the immense praise I have given, this does bring about a problem, which in itself is also another positive attribute. The tracks blend seamlessly, perhaps just a bit too much even. There aren't many songs that are distinguishable, which is a minor shame. Another slight irk (incredibly slight, mind you) is that the beat behind "Beyond the Madness" is a literal cut-and-paste from Cannibal Ox's "A B-Boy Alpha". Still, this puts only a slight damper on the record. Dalek has still managed to put forth an album of unrestrained truth, seen through a tired and jaded lens, one that I think the world is looking through. Right now.



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kingdedethefifth
September 7th 2017


4299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm wondering if that little negative bit feels a bit tacked on. Should I change that in a way that might blend in better with the review?

BlackwaterPork
September 7th 2017


1846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd usually keep conclusions as just a summary without any previously mentioned pros or cons of the album, still a good review though. Pos

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kingdedethefifth
September 7th 2017


4299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I tend to write a little too off-the-cuff so my reviews aren't super "structured" haha but yeah maybe i'll do that a little more.

BlackwaterPork
September 7th 2017


1846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The rest is fine structure wise tbh

kingdedethefifth
September 7th 2017


4299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well that's good at least

bloc
September 7th 2017


44465 Comments


Thought the album in 2016 was pretty boring. Might sample this on youtube and see what's up

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kingdedethefifth
September 7th 2017


4299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't heard asphalt so I can't give you my input there unfortunately.

deezer666
September 7th 2017


2801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thought the album in 2016 was pretty boring.'



Ive been a huge dalek fan for a loooooong time and I did too. This is FAR better in my opinion. As soon as you hear the first track youre like 'Ahhhh ok hes back'

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hesperus
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2017


938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

review's a little rough around the edges, but overall pretty solid. the middle paragraph in particular has some neat descriptions. i'd recommend using the forum's proofreading thread or finding a couple friends to help edit in the future, that'll help tighten up your reviews

kingdedethefifth
September 7th 2017


4299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The proofreading thread here is super inactive lol, never got any help from it.

hesperus
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2017


938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ah, my bad. probably best to find a friend or two, then

Relinquished
September 7th 2017


36617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad you're so helpful, contributing writer

bloc
September 7th 2017


44465 Comments


If you're on Sputnik, then all your friends are on Sputnik

hesperus
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2017


938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and a lot of sputnik friends help each other out with a second pair of eyes. i thought that suggestion would be more useful than trying to get into the specifics in the comment section

bloc
September 7th 2017


44465 Comments


But it's the only way to increase your comment count, little one

hesperus
Contributing Reviewer
September 7th 2017


938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i prefer a quality-over-quantity approach

bloc
September 7th 2017


44465 Comments


Fair enough. You are a rare breed.

Relinquished
September 7th 2017


36617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

apparently not

kingdedethefifth
September 7th 2017


4299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey no need to be so hostile towards hesperus he's a good dude

MotokoKusanagi
September 7th 2017


978 Comments


oh a new dalek record... this is going to be depressing



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