Plutonium -- Born Again Misanthrope

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Band Plutonium
Album Born Again Misanthrope
Country Sweden
Genre Industrial Black Metal
Link https://www.facebook.com/thetrueplutonium
Release date (album) 2016
Release date (review) 2016/08/14


Review

What resonates with the title of the release is a certain reverberation from the past of said person that might have been "born again" and has become a new kind of person or reached a new state of mind. Whatever it may be, there is always the aspect of the past and to what degree one is actually able to free oneself from it. Is it really possible to shake it off entirely or will some of those old habits, interest and mindsets have moved on to this new person as well? Something like this should be discussed, especially in regard to psychological aspects of the mind. And also when it comes to the music on this release.


Yes, indeed. Thankfully a wide variety of sounds and concepts, atmospheres and styles have found their way on this recording. Sometimes switching from one to the other from one composition to the next as well as for no apparent reason whatsoever. The same would be true for the transition of one track to the other; see The Inverted Panopticon Experience. Therefore, Born Again Misanthrope is more of an amalgam of numerous ideas thrown together, than anything but a standard set of industrial black metal. Conceptually, it follows in lead with the general settings in this subgenre and combines sterility in the sound and distinct patterns in the progression of the music.


As should be of no surprise, there lies a problem. Whether one should generally advocate a strict level of consistency can be argued and debated endlessly. Nevertheless, it is this aspect that provides some amount of comfort to the listener and it can be a nuisance should this strict adherence to one particular kind of music be broken or ripped to shreds. As is the case here. Flow is an important aspect and on this album it is only created in a certain reduced kind of way. Compositions appear broken up in style as does the album itself. The sixth and the eighth track are not even metal at all. Plutonium find it challenging to provide music of a type that in its total could fit into some framework. The listener is simply too much thrown around and has to put too much effort into actually grasping the meaning of it all.


The music itself not even bad and has some good moments. Casque Strength has a nice main riff as well as interesting solo elements. The same can be said of the second track Cortex Vortex. It is without a question that this band wants to deliver a certain type of music, which has a certain sound and vibe. Thorns, Satyricon (later) and DHG can be found in style on this recording; to point to some prominent names. The croaking vocals, the well executed guitar work and the solid production are characteristics that make this release actually good, would those aforementioned facets not have their impact. One might even go so far and to ignore the slightly annoying drum-computer. There is a general idea on how this black metal has to evolve, there is enough variation -- also in tempo -- to keep them interesting and there are enough counterpoints in the music to spark some interest in it. Nevertheless, these small moments feels detached from each other. Like the mind of a Born Again, all feels slightly confused and chaotic.


Maybe for a connoisseur ... maybe. Maybe the grand scheme of the music only reveals itself to the person, who happens to have the proper motivation, time and energy to analyze each riff and segment. Neutrals however might find it difficult to thoroughly appreciate the performance of this band from Sweden.