REVIEW: Apathy - A Silent Nowhere
Artnoir Productions, 2008
Itís sad enough to encounter a band that features such a nondescript name as the one here, but itís downright angering when said handle couldnít be more incongruous. Creative mover and shaker Viktor Jonas chose the name Apathy for his creative outlet, but even a cursory listen indicates that the dude of the hour is anything but apathetic. He cares deeply. On a tangible level, heís written all the material, performed nearly all of the instruments besides vocals and bass, produced and engineered it and even handled the artwork and layout. On an impressionistic level, heís clearly spent many hours immersed in Katatonia, Opeth, Insomnium and a host of other melodic-prog-death-doom luminaries, yet has still come up with something of his own. On a developmental level, heís improved upon every minor shortcoming from his earlier three-song demo Cold Endless Winter, even declining to re-record any of those perfectly fine songs here. Finally, on the most important level, that of merit, A Silent Nowhere absolutely lays waste to anything else Iíve heard lately. Those sobbing riffs, those embittered growls, those plaintive acoustic melodies all converge powerfully to invoke wave after wave of despair, introspection, catharsis. A host of emotions and states of being are on the menu here, but in the name of all that is good and just in this world, apathy is emphatically not one of them. The word simply does not enter Viktorís head when he creates music, nor mine as I write this laudatory tripe.