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Album Review: SYMBOL - SYMBOL

  1. #1
    aldra JIDF Controlled Opposition
    https://symbolnyc.bandcamp.com/releases

    I immediately regret downloading this 'album' (7 tracks at around two and a half minutes each makes for a mercifully short runtime of 15 minutes or so) in FLAC. I have to check to make sure everything's plugged in correctly because for the first 20 seconds or so, there's nothing but muffled bangs and static.

    After that first pause though, the track explodes into a cacophany of awful. I can't understand a word of the vocals; the combination of the horrible audio quality and what I assume is a very serious drug-potentiated mental disability is like running a crumpled up sheet of sandpaper with flecks of shit and blood caked to it over my ear drums. Speaking of, drums are the only instrument used throughout the album - timing is all over the place, and they sound like they're half full of salt or sand or something.

    The second track is lighter on the drums and more focused on the vocals - I could actually understand what he was saying in this one, but that's because the only two words used in the lyrics are 'bundy' and 'YEAH'. Aside from that, same criticisms apply.

    To my surprise, the tracks do actually progress with the album - the first few are shouty and largely indescipherable, but they're at least cogent enough to conform to a rhythm and beat. This starts to fall apart at Let Me Be - the singer has apparently given up on trying to form words and just starts making noises, which progresses to just pure screaming in Maniac and Breakdown. It's literally "AAAAAA*BANG**BANG**BANG*ARRRHHHHHHHHHHH*BANG*AWOOOOOO*BANG*OOOOO" etc. for five minutes or so. There's actually a point in Breakdown where you can hear him start fucking up his timing and compensating by bashing the absolute fuck out of the drum; I expected to hear him punch a hole in it by accident - the only reason he didn't is probably the length of the track.

    'Dissociated' is an excellent example of saving the absolute worst for last. There are no drums on this track, and very few words - it's mostly just mouth-sounds and clapping. Think the Gregorian Masters of Chant if they weren't masters of anything and had a choir for severely retarded children. The pure pain of listening through it is broken at a few points where the singer apparently tries to switch from sounds to actually saying something but fails abysmally - it's unexpectedly hilarious hearing him go from "AAAAaaawaaaawaaaaoooowaaaaaaayyy oh shhhiiii whyy whYY whhyaaaawaaaaaa".


    If this album was a triangle it'd be scalene.
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  2. #2
    mmQ victim of incest
    I had no clue whose album that was until I read the first sentence of your review. Every sentence afterward was confirmation. Not only have I listened to the "album" before, as it was posted several months ago, I regularly listen to Breakdown no matter what mood I'm in.

    I essentially agree with your review but have nothing but praise for Breakdown. It's like pushing on a bruise or cutting yourself. It just hurts so good.
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  3. #3
    aldra JIDF Controlled Opposition
    Originally posted by mmQ I essentially agree with your review but have nothing but praise for Breakdown. It's like pushing on a bruise or cutting yourself. It just hurts so good.

    yeah it was the standout, I think it went on too long though.

    my perception is likely tainted by the fact that I really, really hate the last track - it's kind of like eating a spoonful of shit will make everything else taste terrible for a while.

    I assume.
  4. #4
    Read what the critics are saying here
  5. #5
    Lanny motherfucker
    Originally posted by aldra Think the Gregorian Masters of Chant if they weren't masters of anything and had a choir for severely retarded children.

    This is a quote worth saving
  6. #6
    snab_snib African Astronaut
    Originally posted by Lanny This is a quote worth saving

    no it's not you moron.
  7. #7
    Lanny motherfucker
    Originally posted by snab_snib I'm a little bitch

    yuuup
  8. #8
    I laughed out loud within 10 seconds of reading this. Fantastic review I'm gonna give it 10/10
  9. #9
    You should become a reviewer for various things. I would be interested in your food review of Bill Krozby dogs.

    "Think the Culvers Butter Burger but if it didnt have any butter and was made up completely of the bullshit parts of the animal."
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  10. #10
    aldra JIDF Controlled Opposition
    make more spastic music please
  11. #11
    Glokula's Homabla African Astronaut
    Originally posted by aldra make more spastic music please

    when i become a bundy addict again i will

    u secretly listen to this album regularly its always on ur mind
  12. #12
    aldra JIDF Controlled Opposition
    RIP
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