Nineteen years is a long time to build up a fan base. Failure was a cult band back in the day, and they’re a cult band now. Though often credited as kings of the 90’s rock movement, they’ve never received the limelight like their peers. It’s a shame, too, because Failure’s second and third records stand heads and shoulders above the competition. “Magnified” proved the band could rock with heavy champions Soundgarden and Alice in Chains while “Fantastic Planet” proved they could be just as elusive as Pearl Jam’s weirder excursions (and leagues more successful to boot).
“The Heart is a Monster” finds the band picking up right where 1996’s “Fantastic Planet” left off with “Segue 4,’ a nod to the band’s in-album continuity. Lead single “Hot Traveler” kicks the album into high gear with sinister, snaking grooves and a lyrical menace straight out of the grunge era. High octane doesn’t do it justice. Of course, I’d be remiss to neglect “Counterfeit Sky,” one of the band’s best songs to date. Part alternative prog rock, part spaced-out ballad, it’s the perfect snapshot of a band rising from the ashes. This isn’t just a worn-out throwback to a time when rock reclaimed its backbone – its the sound of veterans waking up from a decades-long slumber and setting fire to expectations and amplifiers.
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