Anhedonic Common Placed Disease
By Marcus Pan
Made up of Shawn May and
Chris Jones, Anhedonic do a brooding kind of goth rock and black metal. The
downfall of their Common Placed Disease release is mostly in the muddy
and unclear production and its a bit amateurish maybe, but since the
bands demo release of Turning Point in 1999 theyve dealt
with a lot of set backs that most bands havent. They have a high end
schedule coming in 2006 with two CDs and a DVD planned, so one can hope that
they rise above what theyve showed us here on Common Placed
Disease to give us something a bit more mature and riveting.
Anhedonic are not the tightest outfit out there, the music
sometimes losing itself a bit. And its hard to tell who does what within the
confines of the group. Blood & Lace give us a brooding opener with
lots of high-hat hits and slow moving music with washed out whispery vocals.
Lost in Grey bring in a heavier guitar structure and a bit more
tightness to the make-up, linking better with the different sounds. But the
vocals remain background and whispery. Chord progression is a bit
Without the low level production values, we might not notice
the predictability of Anhedonics music as much, but the combination of
these makes for a killing of Anhedonics capabilities. Can I Sleep When
Im Dead lies on track three and uses more of a keyboard overlay with
swirling chords and movements. The drums are back to the high-hat tapping,
giving it a much too bright feel that is more annoying with a track like this
than strong, which is what Im guessing they were going for. The constant
high-hat hits are distracting from the background slow moving ballad itself.
Theres also too many breakdowns, which instead of adding to a mystery
about the track it instead breaks it up too much.
All tracks thus far, including the now starting
C.P.D. on slot four, have begun with samples. This track then goes into
an amateurish thrash attempt with heavy bass rumblings that are muddied and
unclear. Vocals are muted and muddy also, adding to the tracks make-up as an
amateurish rumbling and uninteresting mess.
Anhedonic have a long way to go. Two CDs planned in 2006
could be improvements if they increase the production level of their work, but
they also have to move away from the predictability of the chords, and tighten
up quite a bit which is unusual considering theres two of them. Mixing is
very off and the volume level on Common Placed Disease itself is so low
you need to up your stereos volume to more than half to hear everything.
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