It’s their first release in seven years and I’m not going to lie, you can really tell they have been out of practice for some time.
Imperial Teen has come out with a new album called “Now We Are Timeless”. It’s their first release in seven years and I’m not going to lie, you can really tell they have been out of practice for some time. The album is definitely nothing special or exciting, and it lacks a lot of creativity.
It sounds like they cant decide if they should update their style of music or not. It’s great if you want to stick to a specific sound, but then I feel you shouldn’t dabble in other things without fully committing. Each song jumps from one style to another in a very jarring manner that I couldn’t get a grip on.
There are a few songs that have what suspect is a cheap drum machine playing super simple beats and clean guitars, and in the very next song, they have no synths at all, and walls of distortion on the guitars. This would be okay, there are albums that jump back and forth like this to great effect; but it just doesn’t feel well planned and executed. Instead of feeling like an artistic choice, it feels more like they can’t make up their minds on weather to either reinvent their sound, or stay the same.
Musically its just too simple, and after hearing a few tracks, the record becomes very boring. They use the same exact riffs and play them non stop through the entire song; to the point where I honestly couldn’t tell where the verse ended and the chorus began. For the most part they use the exact same drum beat through each track, the hooks in each track are even similar. I found it getting a little obnoxious at times to be honest. Their voices are mixed strangely, like they were recorded in a tunnel; a super whiny sounding tunnel. My biggest issue with the mix in general was that when the drums and bass are playing together, I couldn’t decipher one from the other. There was so much low end, it muddies everything up to the point where it makes some things totally incoherent.
Ultimately, the album does not totally suck, but it is also not great either. Super simple indie rock works a lot of the time, but this outing just felt disjointed and unfinished. Each song isn’t horrible on its own, but as a whole it could have been a lot better with just a little more creative energy.