METRONOME: the music reviews
Kill Switch... Klick - Organica
This, reportedly Kill Switch... Klick's final album, is a bit of a departure. A departure, because the Seattle industrial group (well, not group-KsK is, or was, primarily one guy, dA Sebasstian) who once proudly proclaimed on every album's liner notes "No Guitar," on this album uses almost nothing but. And, what's even more atypical for an industrial band, acoustic guitar. That's right-as the album title implies, Organica is basically entirely acoustic and organic. None of KsK's staples-none of the standard electro-industrial instruments, and not even Sebasstian's invention the slambar-appear on this album. Instead, we have acoustic guitar, bass and drums, with the occasional banjo, trombone or bagpipes. Yes, bagpipes. Ah, some would say, how the mighty have fallen! Kill Switch... Klick once founded the Northwest Elektro-Industrial Coalition. Now this?
Well, that's what some would say. I say, fuck them. This is a great album. It shows off Sebasstian's not-insignificant musical talents very well, and is probably the best-sounding KsK album. Every other one, incredible though they were, had this muddled, muffled, recorded-in-a-closet-under-some-clothes sound about them. Not this album. And the comparisons between synthetic and organic become easier to make, since Sebasstian thoughtfully spent half of the album remaking songs off of the first album, Beat It To Fit, Paint It To Match. One one hand, this is really cool-it's great to hear songs reconceptualized and recontextualized in this new unplugged fashion. On the other hand, did I really need a fourth version of "deCanonized?"
Criticisms aside, this is an excellent album, both old and new material. Not for industrial purists, perhaps, but who the hell cares what those closed-minded fucks think anyway? I'm only sad to see that it's the final Kill Switch... Klick album, though I will certainly look for whatever Sebasstian does next.