May 4, 2013

The Psyke Project - Guillotine

Review by Majbritt Levinsen.

1st of April 2013 the album Guillotine from Danish sludge/hardcore metal band The Psyke Project was released. This is brutal blackened sludgy post-hardcore at it's finest. Martin Nielskov's vocal is raw anger/angst filled roars, that suits the music just perfectly. The massively rumbling bass, delivered by Jeppe Skouv, vibrates and chugs along together with drummer Rasmus Gajhede Sejersen's skilled playing, creating a stable rhythm section. This gives a firm structured contrast to the guitars that plays with your ears and brain in a most tickling way. Behind the guitars are Mikkel Vadstrup Schmidt and Christian Bonnesen.

The album offers much variation among tracks, but also within each track. They are all connected by the same overall sound and feeling though, making Guillotine a very homogeneous album. If I have to pick a favorite it would be the eerie "Partisan". It's Dark and haunting, and the repeated outcry from Martin "And we pray for something that will never happen", just feels so right and so perfect. When "Partisan" releases it’s grip on you "The Mute" firmly reels you back into this darker corner of this album. The track 'Empire' continues in the same vein, but after these three darker tracks, the album continues in the angst-filled brutal pounding hardcore style. In the later part of the album we get a little breather with the instrumental ‘When Man Became God’ showing a lighter side of the band.

The lyrics are very much on the dark side of life, the internal struggle of mankind, the ever searching for something better, anger, discontent, meaningless life. Not happy lyrics I tell you! And to finish this off, I leave you with the final lines from the final track "Menneske" (Sung/yelled in Danish):
Vi prøver at finde den rytme, den dans, den form der gør os tryggest.
I sådan fuldkommenhed vil døden lure
And isn’t it just so...

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