Pyogenesis - _Unpop_
(Nuclear Blast, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (
Why can't I like this record? Why can't I like this band anymore?! WHY? Damn... I really liked the last record, _Twinaleblood_ (1995), and some earlier songs, but _Unpop_ just doesn't cut it. I hated the EP (out last year, entitled _Love Nation Sugarhead_) and I am feeling the same way about the alt/punk/pop feel of _Unpop_, a record that by large has allowed Pyogenesis to abandon all of their harder edge/metal roots. The album has a lot of samples, strong melodies, and poppy riffs - they're everywhere on _Unpop_ - and while there are a few good songs (the ever-amazing "Love Nation Sugarhead", "All the Pills", and "Get Up") the record just drowns in cutesy, pop numbers, no real intensity anywhere. But again, "Love Nation Sugarhead" rules, so I guess that would be my only reason for getting people to hear this LP.
(article published 7/6/1997)
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