Pin Drop Violence: Compose… Oppose… Dispose…
Pin Drop Violence is a band that Indian metal fans are constantly talking about, so I decided to have a look at their debut album, ‘Compose… Oppose… Dispose…’ to see what the fuss was all about.
On the face of it, the album is solid, in that the music is pretty good, but the recording and overall production, if you will, leaves a lot to be desired. The first track, “Gutterment” starts off with a strange female mumbling something about 20 years (quite needless), before the song actually kicks in. The riffs are good, the drumming, unfortunately, is barely audible, and to say the vocals are incoherent is quite an understatement. Sure, the Sepultura influences are evident (what with ‘Refuse! Resist!’ being part of the lyrics), but someone ought to tell the vocalist that, metal or not, the listener would really appreciate it if he knew just what he was saying.
“Krapolitix” and “4″ baffle me, to be honest. It’s almost as though Pin Drop Violence were somehow forced to make the album exactly 41 minutes and three seconds long, and had to implement these pointless interludes that serve no purpose. They neither bridge the songs, nor have any meaning whatsoever, so the jury’s out on that one. “Absurd” has a simple, yet effective riff, strong vocals, and a great guitar solo, making it worth another listen.
All in all, a decent album for the average nu-metal fan, the only major drawback being its below par production values.
“Skinless Substitute” is a good song, with good riffs, decent vocals, and rather bizarre lyrics. “Full Body Burn” is a good song, but the listener is once again reminded that the vocalist can neither pull off clean vocals, nor should he even try. “Pulling Out Glass Over a Basin Of Blood”, which I’m sure sounds like a lot of fun, is well done, but at 1:34 is a wee bit short. “Cold Walls”, up to this point, is pretty much the best track on the album, where everything, for once, seems to fuse well, from the riffs, to the lyrics, the vocals and the drums.
“Tower of Silence” is perhaps worthy of being called an instrumental track, since it’s about a minute and a half long, has actual instruments being played, and doesn’t involve some sort of Haiku about foreplay, foreskin and forgiving (listen to “4″ to know what I’m talking about). “Stand Your Ground”, “I’m Gonna Fight Back” and “Perfect Defect” exhibit a bit of variety instead of the same old riff-and-growl technique, and are a step in the right direction. Finally, “Get ‘em Off” is a good song that could have been much better, if not for the weak clean vocals and poor recording quality.
So, to sum this up, the album isn’t bad, but it won’t quite make you jump with joy either. There’s not too much wrong with the music overall, but the clean vocals are quite discordant, and the recording could be much better. The drums need to be much louder, perhaps at the cost of reducing the vocals, and perhaps trying to make them a bit more coherent. I’m honestly not a fan of the whole nu-metal revolution, so I doubt I’ll be giving this album another listen anytime soon, but those of you who are might like this album, raw as it is — although you might want to wait until you listen to Pin Drop Violence’s next album ‘Right II Riot’ before you pass a final verdict.