mick mercer -
THE EMPTY MEN
William Wilson is unwell. He sings of the contemporary world, and in a band based on E. Republican Street! Where Goth meets and humbles Industrial’s more bombastic tendencies, Legion Within stand straight and proud and castigate pearls before swine. (If that line doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t matter. It sounds good.)
‘Fascisti’ churns and hums like ‘Eighties’-era Killing Joke, mixing sample of dimpled-brained George Bush and the oxymoron of military intelligence. Caressed by KMFDM’s lusciously mailed fist of production it’s as pushy as the sumptuously rising, writhing ‘Wrath Of The Empty Men’ is seductively gruesome, like Chris Isaak with stomach wounds The coyly ringing guitar lights their way through a dark labyrinth the band idle, strum, coo and stager on bleakly, Wilson’s vibrato sometimes making him sound like some supergran.
‘Rise’ comes at your like street-level helicopters, flanked by giant war elephants playing home made drums. Kaboomtatsic, it prances and strides, and you’ll back off. Did I mention Killing Joke? This makes ‘Wardance’ sound like a lullaby. Rah, the lust of the Mohicans! (And if that isn’t an album title somewhere soon, it should be!) RAHHHHHH!!!!!
Comparatively soothing ‘She Chides’ is a comfy chair bound for the heart of the sun, swooning and lurching, where ‘Led Astray’ is a googly-eyed purring synth octopus become hopelessly emotional, the ‘Fascisti (Ultra Heavy Beat remix)’ is wiggly fun and ‘Glass Ships (Mutiny Mix)’ could be Andi Sex Gang turned into a centaur strutting his stuff in a disco in Hell.
Not a long album, clearly, but utterly compelling and addictive. Put this on the walkman and off you go into the world, to be whirled.
I <3 Killing Joke.
It sounds incredibly interesting, from the description anyway. Damned myspace music.
Hazahh.. it is finally loading!
'I love it - thanks for sharing.
I will definitely be putting them up in my top for a while.
Your 'I <3 Killing Joke.' looks like you run around with a parachute on with Killing Joke chasing you! I hope that's not the case.
Not all of the time. I am a busy man afterall.
That's a relief, and make sure it's not silk. Jaz might be allergic.
Alergic to silk?