Release Date: 14 June 2016
Review by Yok Rzeznic
Skin Drone are trying to push some limits, thanks to the ease of communication and music production in these here modern times, two men from either side of USA combined their abilities online to create the noisy havoc that is their debut, Evocation.
I wanted to like this album, I did. I looked for all the positives, but with each positive there was a glaring opposite to level it out. For starters, a good portion of the guitar ideas were great but marred by awful tone. The anger and aggression is palpable, but then come off as cheap and cheesy too often. For every moment there is a glimpse of brilliance, it is surrounded by a confused cacophony of thrown together ideas and riffs. The bass is thick and strong, but oddly absent on a number of tracks, as if it was forgotten.
So here lies the problem with Evocation, the transcontinental duo can’t seem to pull the focus into the best direction for the music, instead leaving it to feel like the soundtrack to cognitive dissonance and a short attention span. While the songs are long and detailed, they sadly flit between timing and riffs too often to settle in and don’t change tone enough for it to have a ‘progressive’ feel, but rather comes off as juvenile pseudo-complexity.
To continue the yin and yang nature of this album, on one side it feels like a wasted opportunity to refine what they had at hand into a potentially incredible debut rather than let it be the tangle mess that it ended up. In saying that, the positive outcome is that, with this behind them, experience and criticism such as this might prove a stepping stone to Skin Drone finding exactly where they belong musically, and if they do, the results could be terrifying…