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Motion the Massacre — The Enigma of Human Suffering

August 10, 2003

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Motion the Massacre is (by their own accounts) an industrial act with world influences. It’s pretty much that, but one important note is the absence of vocals. They depend on instruments to say whatever they’re trying to say.

Motion the Massacre starts off “The Enigma of Human Suffering” with a piano/strings duet that’s pretty good. Not the most complicated or long thing ever, it’s a good opener.  A breakbeat and some odd droning instruments start “Feeding the Fear”. A heavily distorted guitar drives this slowly grinding track. With the same structure and instruments, this is boring by a minute and a half. “Shrine” features the same penchant for repetitiveness, which turns into monotony quickly. A good intro starts off “Ancestry”, a song that actually shows some interesting turns, but again, falls due to its own repetitiveness.

“From Within” finally features a thumping guitar like you know you wanted. It features some great breakbeats. A cymbal heavy, weighted piece called “Defacement” is also repetitive, but doesn’t get old as fast, making it the first enjoyable song.  “Silence” THANKFULLY reintroduces the piano/strings idea….finally. An empty sounding, would-be ballad (if there were vocals), it’s a definite high point.

“Art of the Masochist” has a definite melody, and it’s pretty good.  A seemingly machine gun sound pulls you into “Fetisha”, a better song than anything else so far, combining the strings and piano idea with the breakbeat/ethereal noise combo to make a much better song.  The title track, a beautiful piano/strings line, is last. When a keyboard pulses out a bassline, it’s even better, and when the two are placed together, it is best. The longest track, it deserves to be, because it’s the best one.

It feels like two bands here….a piano/strings band and an industrial, noisy band. The first would get a 6, the second a 2, because it’s just so repetitive. Together, they balance out a bit. Vocals would’ve helped the monotony a bit, because many repetitive bands have been saved by vocals. This just feels like combing a desert for jewels. 4.5 out of 10.

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