Nerve Exhibit The Horror of
By Marcus Pan
The Horror of
Amusement contains some of the better arranged music I've come across for a
debut release. Released in May, 2004 (and admittedly I'm late due to some
wonderfully orchestrated postal debacles), this is the outfit's first release
besides appearances on compilations such as Strange as Angels (tribute
to The Cure), Revolution Vol. 1 and New National Anthem. It's
unusual to find a band put out a well orchestrated collection as a debut
that kind of confidence and talent usually doesn't rear its head until later in
a band's career.
At first spin, Nerve Exhibit may seem quite simple. But as
you listen you realize just how well placed and smoothly arranged the
electronics are, such as the strong bass loop of the opening Sky Ripped
Blue. Simple, at first, but with the added sliding electronics and the
complicated rhythmic pulses that break through, what was once simple becomes
complicated and more interesting. Vocals are vox-laced, which applies nicely
against the clean musical arrangement and synthesizer work.
New Order fans will drop a load with Taste for
Futility. A poppy, star-striking piece with electro-pulse synthetics
anchored by a simple but effective back beat. This, again, is a cleaner track
against which metallic vox are pressed up against creating an interesting
juxtaposition with the music clean, poppy rhythms and keys raped
lovingly by a harsh vocal arrangement.
Warmth is the only miss of the album. Here, Nerve
Exhibit continue their simple style, but without the vocals, as this is an
instrumental piece. There simply isn't enough meat on the bones of the music to
create anything more than a droll feel. For those that like dark ambient work,
this is perfect. And while I've been known to enjoy same, stuck in between
moving pieces like Taste For Futility and The Blue Below it
looses it's appeal. Maybe it might have been better as a short instrumental
break since it does segue nicely into The Blue Below, rather than being
a full length track in its own right.
It will be very interesting to see what Nerve Exhibit can
provide in the future as the band further matures. After all if they're
producing such quality with their debut release, their sophomore release will
hopefully be that much more.
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