The Physicists is a Finnish group that mix science and industrial elements with their aggressive metal. The band has released two EPs prior to their debut album "Observation." Both of the EPs' songs are featured on this album as re-recorded versions, and since the first EP was released in '07, it's easy to tell that the songs have been crafted with a good amount of time and effort.
The band's expression is rather untraditional, even unprejudiced and experimental. The songs employ a raw-sounding guitar riffs to execute rhythmic bits of riff to give the songs their aggression and basic structure, and a strong, just slightly distorted and rather skilled bass guitar serves as a more immannent pulse that drives 'em forward. The drums sound strong and give the songs a powerful and highly appealing backbeat, and serve as a major factor in the songs' catchiness. In addition to these traditional band-instruments, the songs are sopped in electronic loops and effects. Synth-loops, samples, sci-fi-bleeps and bops and some additional programmed percussions are present for most of the time, giving the songs a massive amount of their character, structure and memorability. The effects are not added on top of already finished band-instrument compositions, but rather form the songs in a solid synthesis where everything has its place and reason of existence.
The songs are crafted to suit their lyrics, so it's recommended to read 'em while listening to the album. The songs vary from fast blasts such as "Oppenheimer" to slower, nearly doom metal-paced pieces such as the song "Come to the Sabbath" which tells about a physics class (and is not a "Mercyful Fate"-cover). The vocals range from spoken bits to full-out lunatic screams with more or less distortion, again depending on the lyrics' themes and approaches. "High Frequency" features some female vocals to spice up the album, and truly are a nice addition to the song's otherwise dull chorus. The band hasn't got a particular style or frame of composing, so the album holds a lot of variation from electronic calmness, strong rhythms, bizarre scifi-bits, metallic onslaughts and and a few solos. All the songs sound different from each other, but still come together to form the whole that's entitled "Observation."
As said, the lyrics deal with science; more precisely said, they are rants and thoughts of a fanatic and a lunatic that range from pure pleasure received from explosions, devotion to different theories, and something close to fetishist's stories. The lyrics don't try to make a point, they "merely" give glimpses of the darker side of science from a point of a mad physicist. "Hail my totem, LHC." It's bold and enjoyable, even if there are many parts that I didn't get due to not knowing the scientific theories behind 'em.
The Physicists is a band that doesn't compromise, a fact which manifests itself as highly original compositional and instrumental choices, as well as the album's overall relentless attitude. The fact just is that the songs come from a long time period, and for that reason they don't fully come together. There are a few too many longer and slower songs amidst the offense, making me feel unsure of what the band was aiming for with the album. My guess is that they didn't have a greater goal than making a strong debut, and in that they succeeded. The album's lenght is just right, too, as in a longer form it might've fallen apart. I just hope that "The Physicists" now have a stronger image and grasp of their style, aims and capabilities, so that their next album would be more solid and coherent. Hiring a graphic artist might not be a bad idea either.