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Gravity Kills
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
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In the wake of Nine Inch Nails' ascent to superstardom, a gaggle of bands usurped at least seven of Trent Reznor's nine inches and crafted catchy electronic metal songs that festered with brooding angst. One of the best of...  more »


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All Artists: Gravity Kills
Title: Perversion
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 12
Label: Tvt
Original Release Date: 6/9/1998
Release Date: 6/9/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: Goth & Industrial, Alternative Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 016581592025

In the wake of Nine Inch Nails' ascent to superstardom, a gaggle of bands usurped at least seven of Trent Reznor's nine inches and crafted catchy electronic metal songs that festered with brooding angst. One of the best of these groups was Gravity Kills, which balanced melody, noise, and grooveability in equal parts. But the band's second disc, Perversion, lacks the immediacy, dynamics, and hooks of their self-titled debut. The songs are constructed in the same mechanized dance framework, but they don't build and dip in intensity, and they rarely create any atmosphere but radio-static overload. There are a few exceptions. "Wanted" shifts from a jaggedly lumbering surge to a buzz-saw grind, and "Disintegrate" features some compelling drum & bass beats and a pretty decent chorus. Overall, however, Gravity Kills have slipped from their perch and are now nearly indistinguishable from any other bar band with samplers. --Jon Wiederhorn

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Not as good as the first, but solid.
Zen Station | The Graceful Swans of Never | 09/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I know, I told you in early 2002 that it was great. But at that time I was also like 14 or 15. In years to come, I've listened to this again in occasion, and I realize that it is not really the wonderful album I though it was. Oh, and now since I'm 18 I've heard so many other albums that things put it in perspective.

But also, what many forget is that music is in fact subjective. That's why bands like this have a fan base. What the band lacks is made up for in good overall songs. Contrary to popular belief, I think people will compare anything angry that has keyboards to NIN, no matter how it sounds. The first time, it was partly faulted in production, which was done by the same guy who produced "PHM". This, the second GK album, while not perfect does have its moments.

Sadly, you can sort of hear a lack of edginess, which can be blamed on the record label, TVT, which is why they left after this album. It's definitely got its moments. I like the more electronic tracks on the album. Particuarly with "Alive", which is really edgy, with heavy bass and drum. While the drums were simple, the song turned out to be a pretty good one. "Disintegrate" has a repetitive yet addictive synth riff. It makes the song, as does the verse beat. It also ends on a great note. While not really electronic, I particuarly do enjoy the rhythm of "Belief (to Rust)", which shows that some of the lyrics here are really great. It also surprisingly ends with some chimes.

Some songs are in typical Gravity Kills formula, so if you wanted some of what you heard the first time around, there is some of that. "Drown" and "One" are good examples of this. Neither track is particularly spectacular. However, it does show a metal side to the band. Just don't expect any guitar solos or anything in Gravity Kills.

But what makes it great is that while it's not completely talented, the songs themselves were written well enough and some of the members did show some talent. Doug Firley had some great keyboard lines and synth riffs while Jeff Scheel was a great singer, and in spite occasionally sounding like Trent when getting nasal, he was rather unique. As for the other two members, they don't get involved enough with their instruments, but I do like a lot of the drumming anyway. Although I still absolutely love the first album, this one is good but has some tracks that don't stand out quite as much. If you like what you know from Gravity Kills, I recommend it. If you don't, I can't guarantee that you'll like it."
Gravity Kills Rocks
Zen Station | 06/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What you got here is failure to recognize good music. People try and compare bands these days to just about anything. The truth is this band went from their first album, which popped out three good singles which both hit TV and dance clubs. This band crossed two of musics most popular sounds and created one heavy hitting sound. From Mortal Kombat to TBS promos this band got through on their first and didnt disappoint on their second. Instead of trying to copy something, they built on what they started from. Making some of the guitars heavier and more dominant, while keeping the vocals and mixing where they should be and taking the beats to a newer level. This is a great album and one of the greatest follow-ups in music."
Well Rounded Industrial...
Mental Concept | Atlanta, GA | 02/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can't lie, I can honestly and truely say that I like this album. I know that I have heard all of this before, but I just can't take it out of my C.D. player. The songs are short, catchy, and addictive. And the quality of the music is jst astounding. I mean this is just a great Reznor influenced album that rises above the rest of the breed. Songs like "Crashing", "Alive", "Falling", and "Wanted" just completely out and out rock. I mean the synthing is superior to most of the modern day music out there. The vocals are clean, but not so clean that it makes the lead singer sound like Ned Flanders. The guitar work is phenominal. Along with the perfect drum work and the excellent bass lines, the album is just everything that you have ever wanted in an industrial album. I know that people think that this band is a sup-par Nine Inch Nails rip-off, and though this is not as good as their first album, all of "Perversions" songs are great, not a single track that you will need to skip on the C.D. player. And what makes this band even better, they [really shine] live. Basically, I have fallen in love with this band, and will continue to buy their albums. I would reccomend this to everybody...-MC"