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N.A.M.E.: Internet Killed the Audio Star
Experimental Death Metal, Grindcore
Lifeforce Records
February 16th, 2010
Release length: 1:17:41
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Internet Killed The Audio Star is the debut full-length release by the Experimental Death Metal and Grindcore outfit N.A.M.E., which, for those who do not know, stands for “the New Approach to Matyrs Expressions”. As soon as this CD kicks in, you realize that, yes, this is a very Experimental sound, perhaps Avante Garde even. Either way, N.A.M.E. has some really off the wall material on this release, but a good chunk of it just sounds like some of today’s more experimental Hardcore from acts such as Psyopus, as well as the melodic aspect that bands like Between The Buried And Me bring to the table. This is also evident by the rather long winded song titles that scream “Hey! I’m smart!”. Either way, the album has it’s moments, but there’s a lot here to give you a headache too.

The first track “Killer Whales, Man” sounds like a dead ringer for something in today’s Hardcore scene, and starts this effort off on a very annoying as hell note because of it. While the music on here is not that bad, it’s just the way that everything is presented winds up clashing and sounding absolutely horrendous. The second track, “My Sweetheart, The Whore” is better, but not by much. As it nears the end, the band breaks down into this somber moment that includes singing and some decent Melodic Death guitars that give off a feeling of satisfaction. It isn’t until “The Spark of Divinity” that you’ll actually sit down and really start to embrace the album for what it is thanks to the track’s heavy driving guitars and melodic moment similar to the closing of “My Sweetheart, The Whore”.

The album also features a group of tracks that, really, are just one song but split into four different tracks to try to make the listener embrace the feeling set throughout the song. The “Empathic Communicator” tracks are actually reall good and the best aspect of the album, especially when you sit down and look at it from the perspective of it’s just one song. The only time this set of tracks gets at all dull is during the end of “Empathic Communicator, Part III: Your Sun Machine, Your Space Embracer (Conscious Competence)” going into “Empathic Communicator, Part IV: How to Murder the Earth (Unconscious Competence)” which is moreso just the strumming of the guitar quickly going into what sounds like a drawn out feedback sort of distortion on the guitar which kicks off “Part IV” prior to any singing coming in. However, “Part IV” does a very good job at creating an almost astral feel to it, making it worth suffering through that guitar distortion. Another let down about this is not with the music, but rather where this set of songs were placed. The “Empathic Communicator” tracks would have done the album more justice at the very end to close it out then right near the start of the release.

Sadly, after the “Empathic Communicator” tracks, the rest of the album is hit and miss. Right after these very impressive tracks that boost your hope for this album, it starts going downhill right away with the rathing droning and bland “Mare”. Sadly, there just isn’t a single track on here that can compare to those tracks. The track “Dave Mustaine” showed great promise as another killer track, but the song winds up going into this Techno/Electronica moment with what sounds like some Jazz influence that really just throws the song off. If you look past that moment, the song is not that bad, really, as are the tracks “You’ll Never Die in This Town Again” and “Charmer”, the latter being less experimental and more of a straight forward Grindcore influenced Death Metal track.

When you look back at Internet Killed The Audio Star, it’s really not that bad an album. Sure it starts off insanely rocky, but once you hit the “Empathic Communicator” section of the release, which takes up a good chunk of time in itself, it’ll start to grow on you more and more. After that, there’s only two other tracks that will have you rocking out through the end of the album, maybe another one or two here and there depending on just how well you embrace the album. That’s not to say all the songs that make up the rest of the album are horrible, but just not as well constructed. N.A.M.E. doesn’t bring a sound that is absolutely horrible, but needs to be fine tuned a bit and have a little more structure, regardless of the band’s experimentation aspect. If you walk in expecting a heavy focus moreso on the “core” factors of the Grindcore influence found here, then your first time through the CD will be somewhat pleasant. But, if not, the album will take a few listens for it to grow on you.

01. Killer Whales, Man – 3:45
02. My Sweetheart, The Whore – 5:41
03. The Spark of Divinity – 6:23
04. Empathic Communicator, Part I: Homage to the Hunter (Unconscious Incompetence) – 2:33
05. Empathic Communicator, Part II: Beebee (Conscious Incompetence) – 3:56
06. Empathic Communicator, Part III: Your Sun Machine, Your Space Embracer (Conscious Competence) – 6:26
07. Empathic Communicator, Part IV: How to Murder the Earth (Unconscious Competence) – 7:01
08. Mare – 9:01
09. The Sycophant, the Saint and the Gamefox – 10:13
10. Dave Mustaine – 7:00
11. Avaler l’Ocean – 5:03
12. You’ll Never Die In This Town Again – 5:24
13. Charmer – 5:15
Overall Score: 5/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Lifeforce Records.