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Serotonin
Future Anterior
Bifocal Media

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
A line in the press release statement for this album reads, "This is Serotonin's highly anticipated 12th release." Being my first intake of the band, I am obviously riveted to finally get my grubby hands on the righteous number 12. Already these guys are built up to be the Stones of the underground rock world.

Upon first listen there is some justification for the album to be anticipated, though not enough to blow minds or change the world. Serotonin has definitely found a niche and continues to explore it with Future Anterior. That's actually quite a good point to jump in with- the niche. Serotonin's sound can be pinned up adjacent At the Drive In or, at times, Thursday or maybe even the earlier, more brash Piebald. While comparisons have become quite a mainstay for evaluating contemporary music and artists, it is those musicians/groups who make this activity a challenge that are the most intriguing of the bunch. In some ways, Future Anterior achieves this genre-placing ambiguity.

The challenge starts with the individual characteristics that make up the album's broader identity. Up-tempo drum beats, distorted guitars and screaming singers must mean punk rock or hardcore, right? Well... not completely.

The technicality of instruments and songwriting of Future Anterior never lends itself fully to the simplicity of punk rock or pure emotion of hardcore. You rarely see songs over five minutes long on a punk album, yet Serotonin throws in four on their six song set. More lengthy songs of the album lend space for heavy elements to stretch out and not always be the collective pairing of the short-timed dynamic encapsulated in punk and hardcore. Gradual transitions and stop-on-a-dime changes constantly throw listeners into a virgin sea of pounding bass lines and cutting, angular guitar licks.

After several rounds spent listening to the album I realize that the music is most importantly full of life and rawness and a desire to create a great sound. After 11 albums that I have not heard, the band still sounds fresh. And this, unlike any other characteristic that might classify Serotonin one way or the other, entirely defines them into a specific and sincere category beyond all others.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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