And now for something completely different – and when I say ‘different’ I mean I’ve honestly never heard anything quite like this before. I present to you Annihila by Subsist: an experimental mix of metal, atmospheric electronica jams. This five-song EP is one of the most unique things I’ve heard in a long time. The people who are familiar with my work here at MEB probably know that I am a big fan of both metal and electronica, so naturally I was very intrigued when I heard about a guy who brought them both together. Those who dive into this will emerge either glad they checked it out, or the complete opposite.
Annihila starts out with a track called “That Day Will Come,” a track featuring screaming over an atmospheric, echoed backdrop with soft vocals singing the name of the track in the background. It is one of the more sample-based tracks on the album and a good choice for a first track as it really prepares the listeners for what they are getting themselves into.
Then things turn heavy with the next two tracks, “Eyes Flood I (The Wolf)” and “Eyes Flood II (The Crow).” These are probably the most abrasive tracks on the album. They are more metal but the bass, the drums and the guitar are all played in dissidence, creating a feeling of tension as the vocals progress. While these might be the low points of the EP, they’re still fascinating to listen to.
“Annihila” takes things to a faster pace and leans more toward the electronic side as much of the tone comes from the samples and synths laid on top. It’s another one of the highlights of this album – kind of like if Panda Bear did metal (really reaching for a comparison here). The final track of the album is “We Cannot See and Do Not Know,” an instrumental track that shows off how good of a union sample-based electronica and metal can be. And fear not – this is not by any means poppy or even remotely like any of those miserable “Trancecore” bands last.fm keeps recommending.
To hear screaming over some more chill, atmospheric tones is really interesting to hear. Annihila really is as experimental as it gets; some of the songs are more metal while others are more sample-driven. A couple songs don’t quite get it right while others are truly interesting to listen to. Assigning this album a rating was an incredibly difficult task as I have simply nothing to compare it to. I’d be fascinated to hear everyone’s thoughts on this in the comments. If you’re in the mood for something completely different, check it out. People are either going to think it’s pretty cool, or just hate it. I’m the former.
You can check Annihila out for yourself here: http://subsistmusic.bandcamp.com/album/annihila