Distributor/label: Art Of Propaganda
Distributor/label URL: http://www.art-of-propaganda.de
Released: 15th Dec 2014
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.art-of-propaganda.de/shop/index.php?lang=en
Band Website: http://www.selfinflictedviolence.com/
Adam Magnox – sole member
Adam Magnox is a solo band, playing a fusion of post rock & black metal. Frustratingly there is not much information available about the band but this is his second album, a follow up to ‘A Perception of Matter and Energy’. I am not sure how he goes about playing live, or even if he does, but the sound is not that of a solo artist though it has been created by just one man.
Adam says of the band that it is; “Forged in realism with the real thoughts of human condition, and the true cause of human misery. Yet with the comical view’s of contradiction which we all follow.” This certainly seems to fit well with his style of music, filled with angst and woe, harrowing at times and yet with a wry twist that will raise a smile.
‘Influx’ begins in typical Indie-rock style, but soon develops more of an enigma, layers of sound with strange and mystical flavouring, this is an instrumental track that is neither black metal nor miserable. ‘Duplicate’ has the melancholic vocals that characterise this album, he does not shout but almost whispers, the guitars are more upbeat and create a great contrast in styles, this sort of infuses and blends, washing over you rather than making you sit up and listen. ‘Blender’ wails and howls through the vocals, with a feel of abject misery, the music loops repetitively, without becoming tedious, enough changes along the way to break it up and keep the listener satisfied. ‘Noumenon’ is a mix of agonised whispers and cries of anguish, it infects rather than influences the listener.
‘Siren’ shifts in style half way through, it’s mysterious and sung as if some poor, wretched, persecuted soul has possessed him. ‘Carousel’ is faster, more growly and menacing, intermingled with a lively guitar loop that gallops through the song, lifting the pace and giving it urgency, until just at the end where it shifts to become the theme from the ‘Magic Roundabout’, resulting in a happy reminiscence and a smile. ‘Recluse’ continues the miserable theme, it lumbers heavily through the mire of emotions, depressingly contaminating the listener.
‘Lost’ brings the album to a close, excepting ‘Influx’ these are fairly long tracks, similar in feel, Adam’s voice has a soothing, relaxing tone when not wailing and thus the songs wash over you, I found I listened to the feel of the album rather than picking out the lyrics. It is well put together, but will appeal to a niche market, this is not a commercial album, though that in itself is meant as a compliment, it is deeper, darker and more real than that.
Review by Lisa Nash