Friday, May 18, 2012

Chrysalide : Don't Be Scared, It's About Life [2011]

The self-proclaimed electro-punk-noize-terrorists Chrysalide have returned with their second full-length album, “Don’t Be Scared, It’s About Life” – and what a release this album is! Though many people will make obvious Skinny Puppy comparisons (a great deal of this being how eerily close the vocals seem on some songs), this album is no mere clone.

The whole of “Don’t Be Scared, It’s About Life” is jarring, intense and powerful and continually keeps you on edge. It provides aggressive, angry, punky electronics throughout, but also provides the listener with enough variety and ‘softer’ moments so that your ears are not completely bled out by the time you’re done listening to the album. Each successive listen shows a new element or sound I didn’t pick up previously, like the subtle orchestral sounds in “They Won’t Get Us”, the slightly Asian influences in the track “Cybernetic Babies”, or the dubstep elements found in “I Do Not Divert Eyes”. Also, soft piano melodies on some songs provide a sharp contrast to overwhelming aggression and anger. There are few introspective songs dispersed throughout to give your ears some rest, such as “Lizzie and the Charming Prince” and “Lovetape”. No matter what the song, though, there is always an element of madness, fear and a menacing aura in each track – sometimes it’s just below the surface, other times it hits you right in the face.

01 Who's Still Alive
02 Traders Must Die
03 Cybernetic Babies
04 I Do Not Divert Eyes
05 Anger Is A Show
06 Fucking Doubt
07 Let The Bombs Fall
08 Let's Talk About This During Dinner
09 Lizzie And The Charming Prince
10 Not My Word
11 Give Me Something Stronger
12 The Last Candle
13 Gemini
14 They Won't Get Us (heART IS MY Resistance)
15 2010
16 LoveTape
17 Rest In Silence My Friend


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