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File-13 Records

Rating: 8.1/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I'm not quite sure where to go with this review. On the one hand, this is a good double album that I enjoy listening to. On the other, it is terribly, horribly, ghoulishly disappointing. Let's get the bad out of the way.

When their EP came out last year I thought they would take the rock to new heights, that they would be the next huge thing. Intricate, dreamy songs unwinding in a very slow burn yet having an abstract sort of punch to them. The new 2xCD isn't, however, so much about the rock. Instead, it's all about a millenial take on the 80s. Even the album artwork is a bit of a letdown after the EP. But, in all honesty, I guess my affinity for the EP had to do with it's very Christie Front Drive-esqueness. The 2xCD isn't anything like CFD, unfortunately.

The cool thing about this record is that it is loads of interesting. I really like how Antarctica uses the album length for the title on a regular basis. I hope they continue to do so. The main point of disillusionment is also this album's greatest selling point, and that is the electronic/synth aspect of it. I would have preferred a less 80s new wave sound in exchange for a more early 90s industrial/techno sound, but what the hey.

The new emphasis on the new members is very apparent on "Return to Omma Dawn" and "Exisis," which are basically electronic breakdowns with little or no vocals. The closing track "Arctikal" (without which the album could have fit one one CD, which is rather annoying) seems to be everyone's least favorite but for reasons beyond me I rather enjoy it. Not as much as "Tower of Silence" or "Ultra NÝrsk," however.

I don't know. The jury is honestly out on this record, despite liking it. I guess it's kind of like dating your best friend - it's still cool but it isn't at all as great as you thought it would be, based on previous experience.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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