10 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fusing thundering breakbeats with mammoth hard rock, Pendulum launched drum 'n' bass into the stratosphere on their second album. From the swaggering blues riffs and searing howls of "Showdown," it's clear that this is a new breed of D 'n' B—more Led Zep than Metalheadz. Throw in horns and surf guitar ("Propane Nightmares"), vocoders and IDM ("Midnight Runner"), and what might be robots playing T. Rex on kazoo ("Mutiny"), and you get an album that could convert even the staunchest rocker to electronic music—and vice versa.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fusing thundering breakbeats with mammoth hard rock, Pendulum launched drum 'n' bass into the stratosphere on their second album. From the swaggering blues riffs and searing howls of "Showdown," it's clear that this is a new breed of D 'n' B—more Led Zep than Metalheadz. Throw in horns and surf guitar ("Propane Nightmares"), vocoders and IDM ("Midnight Runner"), and what might be robots playing T. Rex on kazoo ("Mutiny"), and you get an album that could convert even the staunchest rocker to electronic music—and vice versa.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Sill[303] ,

Not Bad Actually, Entice the limbic system!

Been a growing pendulum fan for the past couple years, and this album is a very different but good change in direction for them. From "Showdown" to "The Tempest", this is a great album. To me, and hopefully others, this is a BIG change from the usual drum and bass, I really like the sound of the songs, and how they really drive, get you into it. Great for getting AMPED!

Gobind ,

Not Better than Hold Your Colour but it's Alright

After listening to every trackI must say this is not a soul shattering release like Hold Your Colour. I'm sure this album will sell more due to Pendulum's name and it being more rockish but it just don't have that replay ability that the first album had. Pendulum was dubbed as a DnB prodigy. This album doesn't showcase that genius well. From the previous album I loved all of the tracks. Hold Your Colour is one of the best tracks of all time, Sounds of Life, Streamline, and Plastic World show the Pendulum's strength when it comes to beautiful melodic songs but still can bring some hard DnB with Slam, Girl in the Fire, and Another Planet. This album just doesn't have creativity. Some people say that Pendulum didn't want to make similar tracks and show something new but my retort is why not make similar tracks since the old tracks were stuff of genius.

Showdown: It's a good opener but you don't "Feel" Pendulum until around 2mins 3.5/5

Different: This track has it's ups and downs but the singing gets annoying at times but then improves during certain parts. The breakdowns for this song are pretty good though. 4/5

Propane Nightmares: It's a good track but for me it doesn't hold the "Wow, i can't believe someone actually created something this awesome" I don't really like the style it goes into when the singing starts 3/5

Visions: This song is pretty good. I really like the breakdown in the song around 2:45. Very enjoyable track but like most of the album it seems they didn't focus on their strengthes 4/5

Midnight Runner: I love the intro for this song. How the voice flows and the beat drops. Wow, it's just aweosme but then after awhile you don't hear the singing anymore throughtout the song which is kinda let down 4.5/5

The Other Side: This is a very cathy song. "The Ship is Coming down." The guitar and drums are pretty good. Vocals are pretty catchy but if I heard it with out knowing it was Pendulum I wouldn't have guessed it was them, if thats good or bad I'll let you decide. 3.5/5

Mutiny: Same idea as the Other Side except you hear a little more of old Pendulum but not so much where you wanna jump out of your seat but it's a ok track nonetheless. Didn't really care for the guitar solo though....but the breakdown at 3mins into the song is awe inspiring. 4.25/5

9,000 Miles: Great song, if they had created more stuff like this for the album it would've been a change but still keeping the aspects that they were strong in. 4.5/5

Granite: Really same response as 9,000 Miles. Great song. It shows their wanting their change but it show it in a great way. 4/5

All in all if I could give them a 3.5 stars for the album I would but I'll just settle for four because I hope Pendulum learns from this album and the response from it. I just hope that we don't have to wait another 3 years for another "That was alright I guess" album.

Bowser Jr. ,

Excellent, though different from Hold Your Colour..

Though some may find this album too different from Pendulum's first release, Hold your Colour, I like the direction Pendulum headed for this album. It's much less drum and bass (though there's still quite a bit, just not as hard as their first album) and more about mixing electronic and 'analog' instrumentation. (Much in the way that BT experiements with the same idea.) If you're looking for blisteringly-hard Drum 'n Bass, you won't find it here, but you can't mistake that Pendulum can write a bloody good hook.

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