MetalBite Review by Anna on 7/25/2010
This is the first true album of Mine[thorn]
, self-described as "bio mechanical disturbance metal". Yes, that it is. It can also be described as absolutely crushing, apocalyptic Godflesh
-worship with an expansive, texturally-rich, layered sound that immerses you entirely. "Junk Hive Noir"
has a loose yet palpable presence, like that of giant rainclouds rolling lowly overhead. The songs are hard to tell apart, making this feel like a mind-altering journey rather than, an "album". With its emotionless and apathetic tone, this would make the perfect soundtrack for one embarking on a terrorist plot, or the ruthless unleashing of cruel and unusual punishment.
The album does feel a bit monotone, but such is the psychology of "Junk Hive Noir"
. I do feel though, that some psychotic vocals would make for an excellent enhancement of what's already here, cutting through the murkiness without changing the soul of the music.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.8 out of 10