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The Faint

Doom Abuse

SQE Music

May 23, 2014 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

In their latest release, indie dance-rock pioneers The Faint embrace their industrial post-punk spirit. Their music has always been on the "noisy" end of the spectrum, and Doom Abuse is no exception. Every element dances on the verge of clipping or glitching, and The Faint's brand of controlled chaos holds the album together like a corset.

"Animal Needs" is a thumping, high-octane anthem that reads as both a manifesto and a critique on modern culture. "We don't need soap/We don't need straws/We don't need software to tell us we're lost."

"Evil Voices" and "Unseen Hand" lean toward The Faint's more recognizable dance aesthetic. The former features both catchy guitar hooks and a solid breakdown that drives to the end. The latter plays up the bass and is reminiscent of "Agenda Suicide" in tone and style.

Closing track "Damage Control" is an uplifting (in tone) New Wave number that appropriately acts as the cool down from the fast-paced noise of the album. (

Author rating: 6.5/10

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