Monday, July 7, 2008

i refuse to be caressed by stone

Misanthropy PureThe truly weak spread venom.
The truly strong digest it.
Rotting from the inside, this agonized form resembles a man.
Scorn burst from the heart, rancor cracking ribs.
Coating it's recesses in toxins.
Base loathing within the loins seeps malice through its pores.Ashing tissue, blackened with contempt.
Pestilent, corrosive to the touch.
A blight on humanity.
Never must it speak.
Never must it bled.
It mustn't even breathe.
by that of course i mean, the new shai hulud album has been out for several weeks and i'm still not sure what i think.
"misanthropy pure" was supposed to be the new super pissed off offering from the boys after "that within blood ill tempered" did the unspeakable and inspired people to be better human beings. i know, it's fucked up to think that anyone would want to make themselves a better person especially when they listen to music that could be taken in such a positive way (that is to say that the last album was filled with hate aimed at people who care little for their surroundings and their impact on the lives of others). this album on the other hand is filled with hate aimed at everyone, fan and foe alike. that's not the part that bothers me though.

the hope for shai hulud was that this album would have the same impact that their albums "a profound hatred of man" and "hearts once nourished with hope and compassion" had on the underground hardcore scene. i can't possibly see this happening because they've managed to take several full steps back in their song writing. the typical everything but 4/4 break downs are still there, but the rest of the album is almost 80s thrash. there is little variation in song structure or melody and frankly the album just becomes stale and boring about two songs in. i listened front to back several times in a row and i honestly couldn't tell you the song order because there is that little difference in the over all timbre and structure.

it's really too bad because i've been a huge fan of these boys since profound hatred reared it's ugly head on crisis records. they've helped me through some otherwise completely shitty things that have happend in my life so i hate to say that this album just isn't up to their usual standard. if you're a fan, check out the preview songs on itunes and see what you think before you buy this.



1 comment:

amberdexterous said...

i have *ahem* acquired this album, but i am as yet to listen to it, once i do, i'll get back to you on what i think. also, did you ever get the re-issue of 'a profound hatred...'?
<3 a.