Who cares about genre when the music is this good?!,
This review is from: In Silico (Audio CD)
Is it Drum `n' Bass? Is it rock? Do we care? The answer is no. Whatever you may have heard about Pendulum, whatever you're opinions may be regarding one genre or the other, put them away and give this record a listen. If you like your music heavy, with a pulsing, rib-cracking beat, then this will be you're new favourite album. Hold Your Colour was a debut album of D'n'B mixed with rock sensibilities underneath, enticing a few of the long haired horn-throwers onto the dance floor. Imagine that album on steroids. In Silico presents both genres, feeds them a bunch of performance enhancing supplements, and watches them bash ten tons of awesome out of one another. Rob Swire's vocals feature a lot more on this record, but they're anthemic, simple and made to be shouted whilst pogoing like a loon. The guitar work here is exemplary, backing up the breakbeats and the pounding bass riffs, with the volume set most of the time to 11.
The opener `Showdown' sounds off like a call to arms with a riff that threatens to rip your face off. `Propane Nightmares', much overplayed but for good reason, is a visceral affair that leaves you wanting more. Even the slight lulls in this album are worthy of note, with `9000 Miles' proving to be a frankly excellent night driving track, one part atmospheric acoustic guitar and one part building bass beats. Finally the album ends with epic track `The Tempest', a seven-and-a-half minute long behemoth of a track that starts relatively slowly before kicking into a riff that threatens to bring the sky down. And just when you think it's all over the best, most effective riff sequence of the entire album kicks in to leave your head spinning once playback is complete.
Pendulum will probably have alienated some of their hardcore underground fan base with this album. But with the millions of converts this will bring - those who like their music fast, hard and chest-beatingly adrenaline-fuelled - they probably aren't too bothered.