Fear and the Nervous System "Choking Victim" Song Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 05 Jul 2011 07:13:02
Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer is the architect of a vicious and vast sensory assault with "Choking Victim", the debut track from his Fear and the Nervous System project.
Shaffer exorcises raw emotion from a veritable orchestra of riffs and sonic textures, all emanating from directly from the guitarist's soul. A flood of distortion rises into an entrancing, enthralling hum. His signature seven-string slaying fuels the song, but he pulls back at all the right moments creating an airy space for industrial darkness to envelope listeners' psyches completely. Shaffer's work bridges the gap between Nine Inch Nails-style noise symphony and David Gilmour's redefinition of the instrument itself. It's a mind-blowing pummeling musical poetry and some of Shaffer's best playing yet.
Over this seven-string wizardry, Repeater's Steve Krolikowski paints an elegantly evil portrait, seguing from harrowing screams into a haunting verse. His lyrics evoke raw emotion, locking in with Shaffer. Faith No More bassist Billy Gould lays down a guttural groove that creates a spider web of tone for everything to fall into as Bad Religion's Brooks Wackerman powers through a punishing beat behind the kit.
Fear and the Nervous System is the place where metal, industrial, goth, and psychedelica converge. It's the place where experimentation has no bounds. It's the place where music gets dangerous and fearless again.
You can practically see the edges of traditional metal fraying with the birth of this project, and it's a beautiful sight.
Have you heard "Choking Victim" yet? What did you think?
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