Medulla Nocte - A Conversation Alone
First one word album review I've done.
What, you want more than that? Sheesh, some people are just hard to please. Or convince. Well, ok then.
Theres a lot of bands that live can generate an intensity and groove which they never even begin to come near capturing in the studio. Medulla have somewhow managed it. This is a tough album. Brutal. Whatever words you wish to use to describe something this heavy and extreme. Its also classy as hell.
Its heavy. Fast. In the face. Opinionated, shouty and with an attitude, yet lyrically with intelligence, and some humour (Hooked on masturbation). But, it has good songs as well. Even though it doesnt strike of subtlety the first time you hear it, or see them, there is subtlety in there. The second time I saw them live, I still didnt have the album, but, I recognised all the songs they played. That doesnt happen very often with me.
The subtlety is in there because you can identify different things. Different songs. Its a blur, but its not. It contradicts itself. Yes, Paul shouts. A lot. But theres enough variety there to keep even me happy, to break things up. Shh, say it quietly, but you can make out the lyrics as well a lot of the time. It all ensures that, well, if you do listen to any hardcore, then you should be able to appreciate that it doesnt all sound the same. Maybe thats what makes it so good in my opinion.
Musically its tight. Fast accurate drums from Jammer, locking in with Bones bass, and bloody impressive back up barks, and Neals guitar, adding all the little touches that it deserves.
And its British. Oh yeah. Think the UK cant hold its own. Think again. Better still, get along to one of the gigs, watch it, get the CD, go home, put it on, and then watch as a new door appears in your wall, as you are systematically blown through it.
Its pretty much the live set at the moment. 9 songs. 32 minutes. Some music isnt designed to outstay its welcome. Sometimes it can be too much. The trick then is to know when to stop. Medulla know how. Shame Soulfly didnt.
Some people may be familiar with the first single, All Our Friends Are Dead. Its been on compilations as well. And its great. And its also not the best song on here. So if youve heard that song, and like it, then thats the only recommendation you should need to go and get this. Hooked On Masturbation has a classic intro. Not a bad song either. All That I Ask, which finishes the album, has the atmospherics added that Machine Head would be proud of. Spat On is a classic opener, A Conversation Alone features an intro which is sure to find a place in the heart of many of the moral majority with its proclamation of Today I think Ill kill myself, its what the Voices tell me
Britain likes to pride itself on quality. Anyone remember the British Kite mark for quality and safety? Just been awarded to Medulla Nocte. How good is it? Well, as far as Im concerned, the challenge is now down to the big boys like FF, Machine Head, Seps etc to come up with something to beat this for all round sheer intensity and quality.
Had to nick the pics from the CD as well. Well, you have to see the people responsible for this work of noise dont you. Yes, you do. No go see them live.
Or, you can try and get hold of the Org CD, the or the Household Name records compilations that theyve been on.
And just to destroy the image, theyre not half as scary as they sound. Now someone give them the chance on say the next Fear Factory tour.
So, thats One Minute Silence, Pulkas, Breed 77, Liberty 37, Bullyrag, King Prawn, and Cynical Smile at least that have all released something bloody good in the last few months. Britain aint so bad after all is it!