Filament 38 Fractured
By Marcus Pan
Filament 38 Ive heard of for some
time before actually getting a CD by them mailed to the Legends office off of
their Negative Gain label. A one man project akin to Nine Inch Nails (just off
the top of my head, of course, as there are others that will come to mind if I
sit and think about it a bit which I wont) commandeered by Ash.
Fractured is their debut release. Their most recent claim to fame is
being nominated for the 2004 Cleveland Scene Music Awards.
Recollection opens with a heavy-handed guitar riff
that melds itself into more of a rhythm combination. Vocals are more laid back
than, say, Rammstein or good 'ol Alain; more spoken word than screaming word.
Somewhat stock, but enjoyable. Pawn, which follows, plays up a little
more melodically than the previous opener, but retains the industrial static
that was set as precedent when the CD opened up.
Most of the album continues along the same vein, with stock
rhythms, obvious melodies and simply applied guitar patches over whisper-spoken
vocalizations. The end result is yet another electro-industrial CD
which is surprising, because I have heard a lot of good about Filament 38 up
until now from the occasional word that falls from the mouths of the public.
Sacred is one of the highlights stepping up the snap beats and oozes
into me, reminding me of work by Nothing Inside.
Dissolve applies more melodic attitude finally,
stepping if only for a tracks length away from the pure-downtrodden
sounds of previous tracks where low tone bass and rhythms are key. The
brightest sounding track thus far, and I cant help but once again mention
at least some enthusiasm for the Nothing Inside comparison yet again. It ends
abruptly almost in a never got to finish it fashion, but following
it is one of the CDs definite highlights. Still Frame ups the bar on
Fractured with intelligent combinations of chord progression and
application of back beat and brush-style rhythms. It also finds itself riddled
with interesting samples as well, one of the most complicated and better pieces
of the recording.
Smoothing out a bit to close with Ember, Ash throws a
taste of ambience into his rhythm-lead mixes. This is a great track to stomp
about to, whether folks get in your way or not. Lacing the techno-industrial
with a trance atmosphere, Ember is another favorite on
Overall Filament 38s Fractured is certainly not
a bad CD. As a matter of fact its quite good. But its just that it
doesnt stand out higher or above the rest musically or technically.
Its, as I said, yet another electro-industrial CD along with
many that have been crossing my desk. I dont mean to put it down because
surely its a worthwhile recording, and fans of this genre should consider
picking it up straight away, but maybe this genre has become so infused with
more and more that Im finding nothing new or overly interesting to keep
me happy. Its almost as if Fractured has a bunch of decent songs,
but only the ones that other bands would use as the fillers between their
really good tracks.
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Phone: (610) 595-9940
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