Head Control System

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Murder Nature

Head Control System - Murder Nature ©2006 The End Records
1. Baby Blue
2. Skin Flick
3. Masterpiece (Of Art)
4. Blunt Instrumental
5. It Hurts
6. Watergate
7. Seven
8. Kill Me
9. Wonderworld
10. Rapid Eye Movement
11. Falling On Sleep

Head Control System is the side project of Daniel Cardoso (ex-Sirius, and the not the satellite radio network, mind you) and some fellow named Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver, Arcturus, Borknagar). While surely much attention will be focused on the fact that this project is yet another venture for Garm, Murder Nature really appears to more the brainchild of Cardoso. For the most part, the vocals are simply the final piece for Cardoso's music. But with Garm being the "media giant" (all things kept in perspective; the guy isn't going to be sharing headlines with Paris Hilton anytime soon...I hope), it's going to be next to impossible to discuss Head Control System without extensive jibber-jabber on his contributions.

Being somewhat of a contrarian, I will attempt to distill Garm's contributions down to a brief summation. Murder Nature finds Rygg simply laying down his fairly strong, melodic voice over some heavy rock tunes, offering possibly his most accessible and least weird singing contribution to date.

Onto the rest of Murder Nature, then. Cardoso's music dwells within the territory of the occasional mood of mid-career My Dying Bride (mostly in some of the guitar leads) and more modern heavy rock bands (Tool is often mentioned by reviewers, but let's not get carried away here). There is a touch of experimentalism in some of the effects, as well as the sometimes dissonant guitar, but on the whole Murder Nature is quite straightforward in approach. For those who have a hankering for thick and chunky, songs like "Rapid Eye Movement" offer slabs of big riffs. The album is paced with occasional softer mood pieces, particularly "Blunt Instrumental".

On the whole, Murder Nature is a fairly good effort, although at times the songwriting lacks enough hooks to really pull a listener in. No doubt the Garm Army will have to check this out, but in the context of the bigger picture, this album rates as pretty good, but not mandatory.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/2007

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