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Vinyl, Import, September 8, 2011
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Glorious, splinter-thin moments when a sound is both free to do whatever it wants and still functioning as a new power source... -- The New Yorker
Nero's Joe Ray and Dan Stephens ache to bestow post-dubstep with its can-you-believe-this-sh*t? flash of stadium-size euphoria, enhancing (or defiling, depending on your perspective) the genre's bass-heavy payload with trancey synths and wailing vocals." -- SPIN Magazine
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My personal favorites for this album include "Doomsday", "Innocence", and "Scorpions".
But really, I recommend this to anyone; it is so beautiful and so surreal. This music will surely wipe you off the ground.
The album begins with "2808", an appropriate title because the numbers "808" refer to a drum machine called the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. This instrument was one of the first electronic and programmable drum machines. These machines were known for their low frequency bass drum sounds, which is a vital characteristic of the dubstep genre today. Thus, the title "2808" incorporates the history of drum-step bass sounds and a futuristic theme that is evident throughout Welcome Reality. For example, in the second song "Doomsday", one can hear evidence of heavy bass drops and well as a consistent drum beat. The next song, "My Eyes," uses similar techniques (including looping) that were evident in historical electronic music, such as analog synthesizers like the Buchla.
The middle of the album sets the scene for a deeper trance into Nero's reality. "Fugue State" is a critical song in the collection because it transforms regular bass beats into pseudo "outer-space" sounds. The song begins with a heavy bass loop mixed with cut-off vocals; the song then dives into a high-pitched keyboard-esque solo (almost like the Hammond Organ). Notably, the characteristics of "Fugue State" mirror early electronische muzik for its rendition of an ultra-reality. Carrying on the theme of another reality, "Me and You" presents singing vocals against a backdrop of sounds that could have been created by Max Matthews in Bell Labs.Read more ›
While surfing on Amazon last night, I found this album. Based on the preview clips, I immediately ordered the CD. I've listened to some of the tracks on YouTube in full, and man -- powerful stuff. Good rhythm, some nice hard beats. It's a sound that up until about three months ago, I was mostly unfamiliar with. In a way it takes me back to my childhood, but it's just different enough to be genuinely intriguing.
What I like about the tracks I've heard thus far is Nero's ability to balance smooth melody with throbbing rhythm. My major criticism of dubstep has been the way some artists rely almost entirely on the rhythm, to the point it begins to feel like discordant noise. Nero does not appear to fall into that trap.
I can't wait to get the disc and hear all of the tracks. For anyone new to dubstep (or electronica in general), I suggest this as a good starting point.
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I love this album! I have heard it many times already, but I'm still waiting for it to come though, but it should be here soon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacob Lehn
Welcome Reality by the group Nero features some brilliant electronic hits that run the gamut from Promises and the opening of 2808. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stella Carrier
By far one of the best albums as far as electronic music goes. I bought this cd for my car because its a good one to drive to. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cobracommand
Excellent album can't wait to hear the follow up world to worldPublished 5 months ago by Derek A. Anderson
These guys are awesome, one the best dubstep albums i have heard.Published 7 months ago by wilman monsalve
There are some really good tracks on here, and then there are some really bad tracks. I would say the good definitely outweighs the bad.Published 7 months ago by Reimius