Sound — 9
Festival-ravers Pendulum have always been a band that have divided opinion amongst music fans. They seem to have broken away from their 'Drum and Bass' roots throughout the last few years and have become experimental and somewhat genre-straddling. This album epitomises this change (any album which features collaborations with 'In Flames' and Liam Howlett from 'The Prodigy' is bound to be one which is slightly controversial), however they seem to have broadened their overall sound and seem more like stereotypical musicians on this record more than any other so far. The band is known for its innate attention to detail, with each song containing as many as 500 different instruments and melodies. This shows as 'Immersion' feels more polished and organised than their previous efforts, and showcases the band's producing and songwriting ability. One thing that cannot be doubted, though, is Pendulum's sound. When they play live, for example, they are accompanied by 50 computers, processing the bands vivid soundscape.
Lyrics — 7
Rob Swire, the frontman of Pendulum, appears as though he struggles with lyric writing (there are often long pauses between syllables and a general feeling of choppiness), however upon closer inspection, the lyrics are often very deep and meaningful. This does not, unfortunately, show above the music and the lyrics come across as manufactured and unoriginal. Swire's voice, present on all of the fifteen tracks (albeit not always in the forefront) comes across as very versatile in this album and you get a definite feel that he means every word. Where it lets him down is the lyrics he seems to mean so much.
Overall Impression — 9
This album, all opinions of genre aside, is a technical masterpiece and deserves credit purely on that alone. It is also a stereotypical 'grower' and sounds better every time you hear it. It is probably the 'American Idiot' of Pendulum and shows how versatile the band is. Their metal roots can clearly be heard in songs such as 'Crush' and drum and bass roots clearly heard in songs such as 'Salt In The Wounds'. 'Witchcraft' and 'Crush', in particular, are real standout tracks. There does seem to be a few filler tracks on the CD, namely 'Comprachicos' and 'Under The Waves', however the majority of the tracks would sound at home blasting out of loudspeakers to thousands of people. This album is a very worthwhile addition to your collection and would be worth every penny.