Non-Bio – The Future Is Written

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Self-released/www.downwithfreedom.com/non-bio
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://non-bio.bandcamp.com/album/the-future-is-written
Band Website: www.downwithfreedom.com/non-bio

Band line-up:

Howard Gardner (programming, vocals, visuals, circuit bending)
Mark Greenhalgh (engineering, synths)

Tracklisting:

1) The Servility Device
2) You Reborn
3) Facial Recognition
4) Quit Smoking
5) The Water Cooler
6) Distraction
7) Lose Weight
8) Revenge Makes You Stronger
9) Believe
10) Overcome Anxiety
11) Nourish
12) Dreamstate
13) We Own Your Memories
14) End User Agreement

Review:

Starting from 2009, Howard Gardner the band’s founding member has made Non-Bio, an audio-visual project, as much about experimental animation and filmmaking as it is about industrial soundscapes. He took on Mark Greenhalgh as a member in 2014 to complete the group. Non-Bio took the leap from simply being a studio project into being a live band in 2012 and has since moved away from using computers onstage to using hardware sequencers and specially built or custom-modified instruments to create dense and often improvised sonic environments.

Well, this is quite the album! I put this on with the idea that they will be incorporating noise into their music, and they sure do… on every track. The distorted vocals all sound the same, the distortion on the songs get tiresome, kind of like listening to a radio station that isn’t tuned in completely, and the songs seem to go on far too long. The only song that I partially enjoyed was “Lose Weight” because it was just around a minute and a half long, the shortest track on here. Don’t think that I have no appreciation for industrial, I used to DJ a lot of it and own quite a bit of it, but this is not something that I can recommend to most people because it is tedious listening. The non-stop droning just gets on my nerves and I so want to get to the next track in the hope that it will be upbeat, clear sounding and make me change my mind… nope! “Overcome Anxiety” is the longest song at over nine minutes and exemplifies everything that I can’t stand about this album, too long, so much distortion and non-stop noise.

As a fan of industrial, I know that there are fans out there for this, thank you for being there for this band, but I can’t see me ever listening to this again. If you are interested in this genre, take a listen and see what you think, but don’t blame me if you just can’t do it.

Review by Rick Ecker
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