December 2007

9th December, 2007

alecI’M NOT really sure what Alec Empire’s self-proclaimed “sonic vision” is. I know that my sonic vision is the most engaging, complex, rewarding, emotional epic of a track featuring cryptic yet meaningful lyrics and the best instrumentation since Oceansize’s new album.

Alec Empire’s “sonic vision”, as far as I can tell, seems to be the following: boring drum patterns, boring lyrics, boring bass lines, boring melodies, boring sound, and if you’ve been bored by reading this review, then that level of excitement is the highest you’ll ever experience in terms of this record. And just in case you haven’t got it yet; The Golden Foretaste of Heaven is boring.


Published in Student Direct, December 2007


2nd December, 2007

‘I WANT everyone to stop pretending’. There is only so many times that you can repeat that lyric before it becomes justifiable to phone the singer, arrange a meeting and ram it down his throat, and after listening to the rest of the EP, a dictionary of rhyme as well.

‘Still’ also annoys me irritating; bashing an E powerchord for one minute does not make a good intro, and the vocals really do sound like he’s suffocating on something. There’s a lot of alternate picking for riffs on this EP, and for someone who wants to be challenged by music, this isn’t nearly enough. ‘Bombs’ is probably the most enjoyable on here; a decent lead, decent melody, decent riff. But that’s another problem with this, its components are either only decent or provoke wonder as to how they ever got off the production line.


Published in Student Direct, December 2007