PLUTONIUM “Devilmentertainment Non-Stop”

Release Date: June, 2011

Label: Self Released

The so-called industrial blackmetal had a brief period of popularity back in the early 00s following the current created by exceptional works from bands like SATYRICON, DHG, THORNS and MAYHEM. Then it became another trend with very few notable albums and was quickly abandoned by the hungry zombie-consumers that are widely known as “fans” (or, “the public”).

As with every decaying (sub-)genre, the answer was given once again by the underground. Away from publicity lights, bands continued to study the works of the truly great artists and at some point provide their own point of view on such sounds. PLUTONIUM’s “One Size Fits All” debut came as a gift to those seeking in their blackmetal something different than the graphic depictions of Satan. Acquiring their (musical and lyrical) inspiration from works like Orwell’s “1984” or Huxley’s “Brave New World” mr. J. Carlsson and co. captured modern society’s utter coldness in it’s pure essence.

Now, after some years of label troubles and the band transformed to one-man-project –at least for the time being- we finally get the successor entitled “Devilmentertainment Non-Stop”, which is self released from J. Carlsson himself. Wisely thinking, he avoids copying his previous work and progresses with his sound into more broad compositions. This is achieved by incorporating various elements within the nine tracks of the album. Be it noisy industrial bridges and electronic music in general or more ambient parts (like the haunting “Peace Keeper”) or be it straight-out rock vibes similar to those in “The Misery King” or the (personal favourite) “Zero Swarm”, this record is throbbing with diversity. Now what about some excellent THORNS interpretation like the opening riff on “Unintelligent Design”? And of course the post apocalyptic, sweltering tunes that we admired in the debut are here too; just listen to the inexorable misanthropy of the title track or the closing with “Hell Is All Around” (totally true, isn’t it?).

All in all, this is perfect evidence that the sound described as “industrial” blackmetal still breathes. And for a band with practically no support from major or even underground labels, to provide two consecutive records that are no copies and both have something memorable to provide is not so common in these days. Support PLUTONIUM and listen to it by night, alone at home or walking through your cities more abandon streets.

~ by antifleshnimbus on July 16, 2011.

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