Jul 2012 22

Death of Self - The Things We Hate About OurselvesDeath of Self
Category: Power Noise / Electro
Album: Embracing the Things We Hate About Ourselves
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: A schizoid meshing of the experimental lunacy of Merzbow with the controlled mayhem of Terrofakt, making for a harsh, challenging, and hardly entertaining listen.


Following the release of the free digital single Accepting the Truth, Death of Self unveils a blistering debut in Embracing the Things We Hate About Ourselves, hitting hard right from the get-go of opening track “No Control” with scowling distorted vocals and scorching synth leads. An atmosphere of absolute sonic terror fills the speakers, unleashing a slow marching assault of terror EBM that, in the band’s own words, “explores the sociopathic tendencies with, the absurd struggle to find some sense of happiness or at least acceptance of one’s self.” A noble concept, if a familiar one given the conventions of the genre, and unfortunately, Embracing the Things We Hate About Ourselves does linger a little too close to the precipice of banality.

From the samples buried beneath slow beats and synthesized overdrive on “Solitude” to the mournful melodies atop a mélange of distorted textures on “Empty” evoking a feeling of decrepitude and despair, to the noisy stutters of “The Edge” underscoring slithering vocals and synth leads, the album is a malicious, consistently paced helping of aggressive electronic atmospheres that are as schizoid as its themes. Traces of melody amid sample-laden ambience struggle to penetrate the miasma of industrialized noise and electrified distortion, making for an experience that may be perhaps a little too harsh on the ears, though with the subtlest hints of musical introspection. This is especially so as Bugs Crawling Out of People founder and spoken word artist It-Clings spouts an antisocial tale atop the simplistic, crawling clang of “More Interactions with People,” while “Realizations” ends the album with an incendiary and unforgiving barrage of noise beats and synth harmonies that threaten to rupture one’s ear drums.

One thing is for certain: Death of Self knows how to create an unsettling sonic environment, punishing the listener with a vicious range of noise and melody. Embracing the Things We Hate About Ourselves lives up to its title and its theme, sounding like the unforgiving incoherence that must surely drift through the mind of a mental patient in those moments of reflection – silent to all but one who can hear the noise in one’s own head. As such, this album has a tendency to drift with precious little to distinguish one track from the other, making the replay value somewhat limited. Of course, those who actually find comfort and revel in the noise will enjoy Death of Self’s debut as a bridge between the experimental lunacy of Merzbow and the controlled mayhem of Terrorfakt. Embracing the Things We Hate About Ourselves… oh, so many things there are to hate and to love about this album.
Track list:

  1. No Control
  2. Solitude
  3. The Machine
  4. Empty
  5. Now You Know
  6. Meaningless
  7. Broken Glass
  8. The Edge
  9. More Interactions with People
  10. Stories
  11. Realizations

Death of Self Website http://www.death0fself.com
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Bugs Crawling Out of People Website http://www.bugscrawlingoutofpeople.com
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Bugs Crawling Out of People Bandcamp http://bugscrawlingoutofpeople.bandcamp.com
Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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