Album: Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt. 1: Lust
Genre: Rhythmic Noise
The new album from power/rhythmic noise artist ESA. Apparently there will be at least one more album following the carnal empowerment theme. This is a more straight forward rhythmic noise album than his previous effort The Sea & The Silence; the songs are more straight forward 4/4 club style with a focus on heavy beats, basslines, and crunchy noise. Unlike the previous record there are no hints of tribal or metal.
+ The production, which I found to be one of the few flaws of the past release, is much better this time around. The levels are very even, the kick punches through, and the high end noisy percussion sits perfectly balanced with the heavy low end. The record was mastered by Yann of Iszoloscope and it is certainly evident in the sound: everything is quite reminiscent of the latest Iszoloscope album, except sadly without the atmosphere. "Carved Scares of Carnality" sounds like a missing track from The Edge of Certainty.
In some ways better than his last effort, though in some ways lacking. There is a serious drought of good, club-y power noise, and this certainly fits the bill. Definitely worth checking out for some tracks, though as a whole it's overly same-y. None of the songs are bad, but there aren't any standouts either. If I listen to any 2-3 in a row they are enjoyable, however beyond that I start to lose interest and want to turn to something else. Hopefully next time around he combines the strong, driving sound of this album with the atmosphere of The Sea & The Silence.