Failure
In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind


5.0
classic

Review

by Flashmobba USER (23 Reviews)
December 9th, 2018 | 82 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Album of the year, from the band with the most tragically ironic name ever.

Failure is the perfect example of an underground band that never gets the attention it deserves - this can be taken as ill-fated, sure, because they’re definitely one of the 90’s most enthralling rock bands. However, their obscurity can also be interpreted as what makes them so endearing and excellent. Keeping expectations low and the music consistently great, Failure has finally released a record that showcases the apex of their ability - a record that is as superb as it is fascinating.

The Californian trio’s name is quite the misnomer, and even their fifth record’s title does a number on the tongue. Another potential disservice is the fact that 75% of the record was released prematurely in the form of EP’s. This may provoke some hostility from fans who think this is an ineffective and disjointed way of releasing a record. However, frontman Ken Andrews sees it as a way to impress and excite the fans with Failure’s dynamic and exquisite sonic palette. And honestly, it’s quite a genius way of marketing your fifth record, especially when it’s this darn good. In The Future... (I won’t even try to say the whole thing) comes together as much more than a sum of its glorious four parts; it’s an anthology of the band’s evolution from their mechanical, embryonic debut Comfort to their critically-acclaimed stunners such as Fantastic Planet and their most recent success, 2015’s The Heart Is A Monster.

Dark Speed kicks off the 62-minute epic in excellent fashion; featuring a thick bassline, sprawling feedback and an automated drumbeat, the groove of the song is immense and quickly registered, atop with lush acoustic guitar passages and inversely distorted melodies. It’s an anomaly, but it’s a brilliant example of announcing how this record is atypical for Failure, but still superb nonetheless. The record is filled with strikingly different textures and subgenres of Failure’s mastery of space-rock, yet what is common among each track is the extremely high quality. You get high-quality acoustic pieces like Pennies, you get blistering rockers such as Solar Eyes and Found A Way, and you get a cinematic closer in the form of The Pineal Electorate, which is the perfect curtain call for this monster of a record.

Aided by top-notch production, In The Future... also features meticulous ambient segues, a tradition started from Failure’s landmark album Fantastic Planet, which do a great job of tying the whole record together with their mystique. In terms of standouts, the record’s got quite a few, most notable of which are the incredibly spacey songs Paralytic Flow, Heavy and Blind and Apocalypse Blooms, each of which could be a serious contender for song of the year.

The record’s theme, as described by frontman Ken Andrews, describes the consequences of “the surrogate reality of the internet” and how we’re prisoners of advanced technology. The theme is a bit heavy-handed, sure, but never oversteps itself as the lyrics of each song are abstract and open to interpretation; something that many artists should incorporate into their music (I’m looking at you, Matthew Bellamy). However, the lyrics are clearly not the focal point on this record - that is helmed by the marvelous, shapeshifting music.

Alas, Failure’s ironic misnomer may cause many to not check out their 2018 masterpiece, but anyone who’s a fan of the band and wants to be impressed yet again, or any fan of superb music, should definitely check this one out. It’s a near-perfect record, and a perfect example of a band staying true to its roots while experimenting adequately to keep things fresh and alluring. Encore, you tragic superstars.

Recommended:
Dark Speed
Paralytic Flow
Heavy and Blind
Apocalypse Blooms
Solar Eyes



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Flashmobba
December 9th 2018


1233 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You guys have to check this one out.



Pos's and feedback appreciated!

JS19
December 9th 2018


7267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Honestly this slaps agreed

Gyromania
December 9th 2018


28184 Comments


would i like if i think fantastic planet is boring

SandwichBubble
December 9th 2018


9988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Woah, someone got the full title to fit. How nice

Underflow
December 9th 2018


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album.

Underflow
December 9th 2018


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

solar eyes, sooollar eyessss

grannypantys
December 9th 2018


2037 Comments


Didn't know this existed. Thanks for the heads up.
Sounds good so far.

Source
December 9th 2018


12707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still need to check this

sizeofanocean
December 9th 2018


1309 Comments


Great review. But the suggestion are kinda off... i mean i love all those bands but why not suggest something that is more closely related to the space rock that Failure pull off so amazingly?
Cave In - Jupiter, Hum - Downward is Heavenward (or You'd Prefer an Astronaut) and Shiner - The Egg would have been some natural choices imo

HarryBoBerry
December 9th 2018


611 Comments


Great review, if it wasn't for this website I'm not sure if I ever would've discovered this awesome band. Best kept secret of the 90's. Album makes my AOTY list.

Flashmobba
December 9th 2018


1233 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cheers guys! @size well I kinda heard similarities b/w this, OKC and Absolution cus they all sorta mish-mash genres together and come out with a cohesive product, whereas white pony and this have that space-rock shoegaze feel. but yea your suggestions are better, hum definitely sounds like this

sizeofanocean
December 9th 2018


1309 Comments


Well yeah they are clearly not completely out of place relating to Failure, but they are more commonly compared to them and tbh Cave In's Jupiter owes quite a bit to Failure.
If you haven't listened to them do it, they are a must for any space and prog rock fan

Flashmobba
December 9th 2018


1233 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yea I've heard a bit of Jupiter, commerce and big riff are awesome

Source
December 9th 2018


12707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jupiter rules

Flashmobba
December 9th 2018


1233 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dis rules most

Underflow
December 9th 2018


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Distorted Fields is so good.

Source
December 10th 2018


12707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is awesome

JS19
December 10th 2018


7267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Distorted fields for catchiest song of 2018

Flashmobba
December 10th 2018


1233 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

whole album rips, what makes it easy is probably the weakest but still a 4/5

Underflow
December 10th 2018


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've had Dark Speed on repeat for so long.



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