Music Reviews

Artist: FMTA (@)
Title: In the End, You Don’t Exist
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
The website describes this EP as "not recommended for the faint of heart, with in-your-face punchy industrial percussion, sharp guitar riffs, dark ominous synthwork and surprisingly aggressive vocals." Maybe I have different definitions of "industrial percussion" (Einsturzende Neubauten, Test Dept., Throbbing Gristle) and "ominous synthwork (Skinny Puppy, Das Ich). For the most part, the synthwork gets buried by the guitars, with the exception of "Mistakes," which is the least aggressive track on the EP. In other words, this sounds more like a harsh metal album to me. Perhaps it is the screaming vocals that do it for me but this doesn’t even seem like industrial metal a la old Sielwolf, Ministry, or Acumen. For the most part, the lyrics are a bit difficult to understand (with the exception of "Time Out of Mind" with its refrain of "I fucking hate you"). Crunchy guitars and overdriven screamed vocals figure prominently here. If you are looking for angry, aggressive music, this will suit you well.

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