Ones & Zeros

Ones & Zeros

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The home-recording revolution has opened up many new vistas in sound to the creative musician. Unfettered by studio rental costs and the pressure of limited time, artists with access to a computer and some microphones found themselves in the late '90s with an almost limitless palate with which to experiment and come up with new sounds. It also allowed the one-man band concept to explode like never before. Perception Is is a prime example of the latter. Masterminded by Jesse Zero, this record is a fairly by-the-numbers offering of electronica-influenced metal with post-Alice in Chains vocals. The biggest drawback to this record is, ironically, the very thing that allowed it to be made in the first place: its reliance upon computer technology. Every instrument sounds like it was plugged into a computer or amp simulator rather than an amplifier, with the resultant one-dimensional tone expected. Dynamics do not vary at all, with almost the entire record going by in a monotonous blur. This lack of texture is occasionally broken up, as in the Joe Satriani-influenced lead guitar in "Make You See" or the groovy "Killing Time." Unfortunately, it's a case of too little too late, and even the presence of standout tracks like "Why" isn't able to make this record sound like it was recorded in somebody's bedroom. Zero has done an admirable job, but for music like this, he lacks the sort of fire and explosive character that is necessary to sell these songs. This music has all the trappings of being killer live, but here it just sounds flat. A fine effort, but one that was hamstrung from the start by the parameters of the project.

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