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Immersion - Pendulum
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Immersion - Pendulum
Advantages: A couple of big tunes
Disadvantages: Still very similar to their last
Pendulum brought out their third album in 2010 when they dropped "Immersion". The record finds the Electronica act, which began as a Drum & Bass outfit coming to show more of how they 'developed' as a unit beyond standard D&B group which allowed them t break into the mainstream (which not many in that field manage to do with "Hold You Colour" as their debut, and towards more experimental material. The Australian act manage to draw in Drumstep, Dubstep and Metal this time around as they keep the progression running.
1. "Genesis" (Intro)
2. "Salt in the Wounds"
Moving on from a slow and steady introduction, we're found thrown right into the mix of the album as we move towards this one. This is a high-powered Drum & Bass piece with an empowering feel which simply takes you over with the energy of the ascending synth work before the breaks finally find their way in. I thought that it was very generic and the format was far too simplistic. To me it was nothing more than a remake of "Slam".
This one came as the lead single to the album and so stands out as something which was able to gather quite a bit more attention than others on the album simply because it was used as promotion for this release. I thought that it had no defining feature to it whatsoever as it's very straight-forward mainstream Drum & Bass with no real connection to the dirty roots of the genre and is far too clean to get anything from it.
4. "Set Me On Fire"
They seem to change the format slightly for this one as the structure isn't as text book as had been heard on the couple of cuts which preceded it. Here we have them experimenting with Dubstep a little as they try out how they can manipulate sub bass and other things together with their signature sound to make for what's found here. I thought that the water-down nature of it was rather annoying (for someone into Dubstep) and it never seems to reach any real climax.
On this one we have them coming to just get loose with it as they return back towards the Drum & Bass. They kick it all off with raw Breakbeats to act as a direct contrast from what was heard on the last one. For me, this one was just as plain as what had just been heard on the other couple of D&B cuts and so wasn't really going anywhere all that significant and wouldn't appeal to real bassheads.
6. "Under The Waves"
As this one comes in, we find that Pendulum haven't really changed anything at all and are to continue with the generic way in which they've put together at every other stage through the release. This is one didn't say much for me at all and I thought that it was pulling them down even further with the lack of anything meaty in the music - it seems to just be gradually getting cleaner and increasingly like annoying Electronica.
Liam Howlett (of The Prodigy) comes to help them out on this one and i felt that his assistnece way just what the act needed in order to get just a little something out of the msuci and show that it wasn't all terrible on this album. What's found here is gritty and much harder than the rest up to this point. Although it still wasn't moving that far away from this post-"Hold Your Colour" song, it's a big improvement to the course of this release.
8. "The Island" (Part 1)
The first half of a two-parter gets going with this one. To me, they were taking things down the wrong route once more as they go out there with an Electronica tune. It's a move away from hte Drum & Bass elsewhere as they show that they're down for a little House and aren't afraid to do so when this is a time when that kind of Euro-Dance/House sound rose back into prominence. Although this is the case, I still haven't found a liking for it and thought that the mindless, monotonous thumping was all that was needed to make me want to skip it.
9. "The Island" (Part 2)
They move on towards the second part of the last cut (utilising the same synthesizer melody looped through the cut). However, this one differs from it in that it's done in a Fidget House style and so takes on slight Dubstep elements to it. I felt that it was a big improvement on the last and is nice to see how they worked off a past idea to make another one, but it still wasn't quite doing it for me.
Rob Swire is on the vocals here (as on a few others on this album) and I thought that he did a nice job at holding things together on this pretty choppy record. Here we're given a very disjointed track as we find that Drumstep is attempted by the act (a mix of Drum & Bass with Dubstep). I thought that their trial was successful as they manage to make for a raw tune and one which draws in more of the true Drum & bass fans than what else is found here.
11. "The Vulture"
I thought that what the act did was this one was a little too much. Here it seems that they come to bring a track which builds from the mix of styles seen on the last one and is intent on going in hard with quite roughly-cut sounds, but I thought that the generic synth which they drop over the top undermines all of this and so will draw out those who thought that their style was getting much more intense.
This is another of the singles from the album. I have to say that I liked it a little more than the other one found on the thing, but still really isn't anything worth getting excited about. Here it seems that they opt for some Electro-Rock as a bit of a switch-up, but I can't say that it was really doing all that much for me because the sound is far too much alike what was found throughout "In Silico" and that simply wasn't to my tastes at all.
13. "Self vs Self"
The Melodeath (Melodic Death Metal) band In Flames come to show some support by linking up with Pendulum for this track. I thought that it was a great time to lay down such a track after the last, in which they went for a little Electro-Rock and I have to say that I enjoyed what they did this time around. This won't be to everyone's taste, but I welcomed this offering as they do a Death Metal track with added electronic breaks.
14. "The Fountain"
Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson comes to aid with the vocals here and I thought that it was a welcome extra added element to this one. We find that here we're taken right into a pretty standard cut. It's simply a piece of relentless Drum & Bass and rips through the cut harshly here to a pretty nice effect. Having said this, it's once again nothing you couldn't find elsewhere and seems to be nothing more than filler.
The album comes to an end with this one. I thought that it did very little at the closure of the record, where you may expect to find something fresh to give you a reason to return to their music in the future. This is nothing more than some very plain work from them and something which actually sounds as though they're simply re-vamped "The Tempest" from their last album and so haven't really tried at all to do anything new.
I have to admit that to some, I was impressed by this album as they've sorted out a couple of problems that the last one had. Although this may be the case, it's generally quite weak and not what I'd look for in a Drum & Bass album (but they'd fight this by saying that it's not the genre they're about anymore and probably say that they can't be 'pigeonholed'). It's far too clean and commercial for me, but has the odd one to make things exciting.
Summary: Pendulum's third album