Album Review! The Behaviorist – ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

The Behaviorist - ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Jimmy Rowe is the mastermind behind this grind/prog experiment and everytime I listen to it I just enjoy myself. Rowe runs the almighty Heavy Blog Is Heavy website and when he isn’t doing that, he seems to be just constantly recording and working out new ideas. One of the first things to come from his work is this demo/EP simply called             “( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)”. An internet meme that lasted an entire 2 weeks yet I still find it hilarious and use it to this day! Oh and don’t let the swastika offend you, it’s just a grab. I mean, who DOESN’T like swastikas? Exactly, you have to listen now, you’re so curious…

Each track is just a “卐”. Track one is “卐”. Track two is “卐卐”, etc. The first track just starts like a SWAT team kicking in doors and walking in with riot shields and shotguns aimed at your fucking head. It’s short lived and flows into a ambient massage…for nearly two minutes and then BAM! Ninja’s come out of the woodwork and assassinate the SWAT team and vanish. The ending to that song is very heavy…is the point I’m trying to get across.

“卐卐” sounds like it could have been used in a SNES action platform game. “卐卐卐” is a nice little tribal drum track which is pretty damn chill. “卐卐卐卐” is another ambient piece over someone talking. Reminding me of something you would hear out of an old Mudvayne album or something from The Berzerker. The overall feeling is pretty damn deep.

“卐卐卐卐卐” brings back heavy guitars, fuzzy tone and aggression. After a drunken solo wank, the song ends pretty strong with a cool riff. “卐卐卐卐卐卐” is 12 seconds of pure grind frenzy with no vocals. Now onto my favorite track of “( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)”. You guessed it right! “卐卐卐卐卐卐卐” is a trip down genre lane with all of the riffs he pulls out. Beginning with some terrific Russian Circles, Alcest riffs and sounds…then moving onto a gnarly far out there breakdown. Something you would never think would sound good back to back, but then it does. The breakdown evolves and moves onwards and never loses character. You can just feel the riffs flowing out and then right at 1:48 it’s as if I’m playing DOOM again on the PC. That riff and keyboard effect definitely sounds like a level of the old school FPS. I fucking adore it so much! Then right back into that alien breakdown…followed by a trip back down post-rock lane. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! I love the way this song is written!

Take what you will from the title, track names and cover art. Jimmy has something going on here and you not only need to pay attention to his site….you need to pay attention to his music. Bravo Mr. Rowe!!!!!

4 out of 5

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