Futant Oblivion - This Chosen Madness Review
by Matt Hensch
Now I've been exposed to crazy music before (take 5/5/2000 and Fantomas, for instance), but Futant Oblivion is one of those oddballs that can outperform and conquer everything around it. In order to even understand such labeling, you must understand how avant-garde/experimental music is given proper status: It must be weird but in sync with its background; it should essentially provide its own diversity without grasping anything too out-of-line; and finally, it should be able to provide decent instrumentation regardless of individual tweaks. With all that being said, you can expect This Chosen Madness to be everything a great release of this nature represents and then some. Insanity has never sounded so good!
Tunes like the rhythm-based "Tyrant's Asunder" latch onto atmospheric ledges as other instrumental entities carefully hover above and provide musical support away from boredom. Essentially, this disc takes on an interesting atmospheric-industrial rock approach that really hits the spot if you're in the right mood for thing bigger than your sanity can grasp. But throughout these instrumental twists, the core of this observation briefly exposes itself: Futant Oblivion's personal craziness. The atmosphere is simply mind-blowing; the production twists and turns all these strange numbers into eye-opening observations; the music is way out in left-field, but that's what you're supposed to experience. In order to dissect what lies within these numbers, you have to chart ahead with an open-mind, and if you do so, then be prepared for something that'll take you to places far beyond.
To conclude, what Futant Oblivion is doing on This Chosen Madness is simply revolutionary in the sense that it puts evenly focused amounts on creativity and stellar musicianship; finding a mix as such isn't likely, but this is one of those records. When viewing this esoteric release from a beginning perspective, it might be a little easy to be lost in the crazy instrumentation, yet that's exactly the point; once you look beyond the chaos and discover the inner beauty This Chosen Madness emits, you'll love every bombastic anthem it radiates. If you have a taste for the unknown, then this absolutely astounding CD is the one you'll want.
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