BITTER END - CLIMATE OF FEAR CD (MAL 029)
This went completely over my head the first time I listened to it. But a few listens later and in a more laid back environment I was able to get into it more. Now don't get me wrong, this doesn't exactly make me want to run around in a pit, but more of moving my body in appreciation - but chilled at the same time. It's quite heavy, with their metallic hardcore attack. While there are some fast riffage and pummeling blast beats, it's mostly slow to mid-tempo - but played well and you can get into it. Well you have no choice. Just think of CRO MAGS, KILLING TIME, BREAKDOWN, TERROR, but cunningly enough and not really sounding like them they do create their own atmosphere in a way that NEUROSIS do to their own stuff. With a title like 'Climate Of Fear' you would be right in thinking that the songs are based on current society and how fucked up we are. The lyrics protray how certain individuals/groups deal with modern society or try to escape from it - be it religion, mad vigilantes etc, who either try to change society to their beliefs or run away from it.