24 November 2010

I bought this on Amazon for less than a pack of cigarettes

The Acacia Strain - Wormwood (Prosthetic 2010)
(Writer's Note: I didn't buy this, but rather it was in the apartment. I smoked through several packs while listening to it though, so that at least counts for something.)

In the liner notes to Wormwood, on the last page there is a small note. It reads, "If you think you know what these songs are about, you're probably wrong." This may be true, and other than the four dudes in the band, no one can really say that they know for certain. There are two iron-clad facts, however. "The Hills Have Eyes" is about the scourge of reality television programming, and "The Carpathian" is a Ghostbusters reference.
There's a certain clarity to the lyrics, with no room for misinterpretation. However bleak, alarming, and shocking they may be, there is still a degree of validity to it all. It's unapologetic in this regard as well. "Jonestown" probably references the suicide massacre of the same name, and with that comes the common stigma of deathcore. Songs about total destruction and people dying. In the wrong hands, certainly problematic but if one keeps their shit together it isn't an issue. At the end of the day, music is still an outlet for expression and there is no denying that this is music. If anything, it would be irresponsible to pretend that the world is all peaches and cream.
"awareness is inevitable" - ("Terminated", track 5)
The guitar squall makes hair on the back of the neck stand up, and the bass and drums behind it keep everything grounded in an unshakeable reality. It can't be ignored, and coupled with vocals telling you everything you don't want to hear, its a very arresting experience. Without getting too specific, it has the power to make everything manageable. Good days and bad nights are melded together with each cut off this record. Pretend fantasy time is over, whether that can be admitted or not, and this album is the first step to accepting that. They've already seen the world fall apart.

1 comment:

  1. The accacia strain straight piss me off. Maybe in a good way some days..