Reviews

Danse Macabre

08/28/2001 | City-pulse.org | www.city-pulse.org | Album Review
THE FAINT
"Danse Macabre"
Geez, is it already time for 80s nostalgia? It seems like yesterday that the world celebrated the end of that excessive decade. However, just when we thought that we would never have to deal with legwarmers and supply-side economics again, along comes a band like The Faint. The Nebraska new-wavers are back, once again poised to start an '80s revolution. While "Danse Macabre" continues the same synth-heavy sound of their last release, the Faint has not made another "Blank Wave Arcade." That much is apparent on the opening track: "Agenda Suicide." Instead of angular synth lines, the song prominently features death-metal guitar riffs and a frightening breakdown with warped vocals worthy of a zombie from "The Evil Dead." The industrial influences of the opener are all over the album, but The Faint has not just been mainlining Ministry records. They have added a healthy dose of electronica to their bag of tricks, from the sampling on "Total Job," to the riffs ripped off from Daft Punk's "Da Funk" that kick off "Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat." All of these divergent influences come together best on "Posed to Death," the clear highlight of the record. The track sounds like a head-on collision between Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People" and the theme song to the Nintendo classic "Castlevania." Despite such dark influences, the song still manages to be by far the catchiest on the album, smuggling in copious hooks under its unabashedly goth lyrics. Songs like these prove that The Faint have once again created an album that proudly displays its influences, yet manages to transcend them. If this is the shape of the '80s revival to come, hand me my Flock of Seagulls T-shirt.
Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre

LP / CD / MP3