Thursday, 4 September 2014

Funeral Phrases by The Man With 31 Faces

Artist-The Man With 31 Faces
Album-Funeral Phrases (Instrumental)
Date- July 2014
Country- Stewart,Virginia
Facebook- The Man With 31 Faces
Genre: Nintendocore, Experimental,

1.The Frankenstein Complex 01:16
2.The Apparition 03:57
3.Paranoid Parasite 04:39
4.Technophobia 03:11
5.The Bleeding Machine 02:55
6.Rust 01:34   
7.Funeral Phrases 03:42
8.Volta 05:15   
9.IV 02:47

Review by Matt

Maturity doesn’t always need time to develop, and there is no better nintendocore album to prove this with than the instrumental version of The Man With 31 Face’s debut album “Funeral Phrases”. Hailing from Virginia, TMW31F (Jessie Martin) has managed to concoct a unique mix of deathcore, industrial, chiptune, and ambience that blends together into a dark and catchy album that would make even the best Castlevania soundtrack blush.
The true beauty in this album lies in the progressive song structures and the incredible variety. Ferocious guitar riffs weave in and out of crooning violins, heartwarming chiptune, and jazzy saxophone solos that still leave enough room for ambient interludes and dark industrial sections. If it doesn’t sound logical, that’s because it isn’t. Hell, I’m pretty sure conventional isn’t a word in the band’s vocabulary. The tracks feel less like compositions and more like a free form band practice gone perfectly right. Each song is well crafted and nothing feels like filler.
The production on this record also creates a great impact on how great listening to the album feels. While some synths may seem initially breathy, Martin always builds upon it with either orchestral instruments or deep industrial buzzes, creating a soundscape that is always rich in texture. This allows for epic crescendos throughout the record that help add to its grandiose big band feel. 

However, even the best beginner’s luck can’t prevent a couple of minor flaws The synthetic guitar ever so slightly shows it’s unreal nature from time to time, bass is slightly lacking in the mix, and the triggered drums feel cold, mechanical, and inhuman (the latter of which is more of an issue of personal preference). The interludes, while providing great relief from the heaviness of the rest of the album, drag on for slightly too long and ever so slightly kill the pace of the record. It should be dually noted though that it’s on these tracks that project head Jessie Martin’s electronic production truly shines.

Overall, Jessie Martin has managed to create a great record that’ll only get better once vocals are drizzled on top of it like hot fudge sundae on your favorite ice cream.

Final Verdict: B+
Key tracks:
The Apparition

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