Author and Punisher
Beastland


4.5
superb

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (118 Reviews)
December 11th, 2018 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A degenerate rabbit led Alice to Beastland.

Mother of all clichés, I’m going to start this off with a Webster dictionary quote:
- original
--a person of fresh initiative or inventive capacity
Now that we’ve established that, let’s meet Tristan Shone AKA Author and Punisher. This man is a musical innovator and engineer. He creates his own instruments from scratch. His own design, his own engineering, his own purposing. And all that to create the most hellish and frantic music out there. Beastland might as well be his most fully realised and cohesive record to date.

That is not to say that it is somehow his best, because that is always debatable with anything in the world. What it is, is an album where Tristan managed to finally move past the aesthetic of “weird guy with his own weird instruments and here are the bleeps, bloops and screams it created” to first and foremost great music with its own original sound that just so happens to have been played by a madman with personally built instruments. At the core here is the memorable song-writing and the unsettling atmosphere of apocalypse and dismay.

The album oddly enough manages to get surprisingly emotional every now and then, like the gargantuan dieselpunk of “Nihil Strength”, similarly dizzying “The Speaker is Systematically Blown” or melodic “Nazarene” (which also has a mildly disappointing finish, where it just suddenly stops, but that doesn’t ruin the experience). Other songs reach more for a disturbing eccentricity and hard-hitting instrumentation like “Ode to Bedlam” or “Apparition”. Or a combination of both on the epic “Night Terror”. And all then is topped off by the haunting, dreading and disorienting title track, which in its almost anti-musical aesthetic mirrors album’s opener “Pharmacide”.

Perhaps the biggest mishap of the record is that its sound can sometimes come off rather obnoxious and headache-inducing. After all, the idiosyncratic industrial noise that dominates the production is not necessarily the most pleasant sound to listen to, but much like with many other extreme or unconventional styles and genres, if you get through the surface level rattle, you can sometimes be greeted to an outstanding performance and engrossing song-writing. It is a ride that can be swallowed in one sitting with unease and simultaneous unquenchable intrigue. A difficult to examine journey through the insane, toxic and polluted world of Beastland. Rather a disgusting tour, but one that needs to be experienced.



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Papa Universe
December 11th 2018


19653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Relistening for a review made me bump the rating.

https://authorandpunisher.bandcamp.com/album/beastland

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2018


14139 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn i really wanted to dig this when i first heard nihil strength, but most of the other tracks just felt a bit repetitive to me. still, good review

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Papa Universe
December 11th 2018


19653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why, thank you

Relinquished
December 11th 2018


38997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review ye, considering that it's .5 off tho I guess the last paragraph is ok

Papa Universe
December 11th 2018


19653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

or maybe you are .5 off. how about that?

Relinquished
December 11th 2018


38997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not if I hit at the right angle

Papa Universe
December 11th 2018


19653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

can't argue with that

dbizzles
December 11th 2018


12830 Comments


Didn't even know this was incoming.

Digging: Archgoat - Whore of Bethlehem

Relinquished
December 11th 2018


38997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well now's your time to get acquainted

dbizzles
December 11th 2018


12830 Comments


Oh shit. I didn't check his last one either. What am I doing?

Papa Universe
December 11th 2018


19653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wasting your time.

Papa Universe
December 11th 2018


19653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no upvotes, no downvotes

am I a contributor already?

dbizzles
December 11th 2018


12830 Comments


I don't usually read reviews until I've heard the album. I guess I could refrain from commenting too :'(

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2018


49317 Comments


Gotta hear this. Great work.

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Papa Universe
December 11th 2018


19653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank yee. cool dig, balls

Dewinged
December 11th 2018


14434 Comments


Love the summary Paps, thanks for taking care of this. Industrial is a bit out of my league though, it gives me instant headaches sometimes, but I do enjoy some of it. Will check it out.

Edit: Oh and pos'd!

Digging: Motorpsycho - The Crucible

MarsKid
December 11th 2018


8518 Comments


Seems like potentially entertaining, might give it a go. Not a bad write-up my man, as is the norm.

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Papa Universe
December 12th 2018


19653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yous are darlings, bubs.



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