- World Eater

Blanck Mass - World Eater
CRITIC SCORE
80
Based on 21 reviews
2017 Rank: #39 / 227
USER SCORE
79
Based on
123 ratings

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100
A.V. Club
On his third proper album as Blanck Mass, Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power finally cements an identity separate from his main gig.
86
Paste
The mixture of gentility and dissonance is somehow more unsettling than if Power was to go full on into harsher, angrier territory. The balance that he maintains throughout is what makes the album work. It never veers too hard in one direction or the other, staying within a similar tingling middle ground where the best horror movies and thrill rides reside.
85
The Line of Best Fit

It might not hit Dumb Flesh’s dancefloor highs but with decent headphones and a windswept night there’s points on here that are damn near-transcendental, although the damage left might be permanent.

81
Pitchfork

On World Eater, the coexistence of melody and belligerence, of fragility under an invincible veneer, speak to the constructive and destructive capabilities of man. Power is completely honest about which instinct is winning right now.

80
The Skinny

World Eater is ferocious and intense, but it's also thrilling and bristling with life – and it’s these contrasts that make it such a blast to listen to.

80
Loud and Quiet
It is visceral (synonyms: explosive, impassioned) and it is punishing (severe, relentless), and yet it is much more than Thesaurus.com’s noble attempts at adding colour to my descriptions.
80
musicOMH

World Eater thrives on the tension between anxiety and peace, nihilism and love. That’s tough stuff to reconcile, but Power attempts it in muscular yet heartfelt fashion. This is an album that will shake you senseless, eat you up and spit you out. And it’s worth very minute.

80
Exclaim!
It's an album that's hard at work exploring stark, apocalyptic visions — and yet, there's room for beauty amidst the desolation.
80
DIY
‘World Eater’ finds itself skipping around kicking up the ashes of the terrain it just razed, equal parts intimidating and scatterbrained. It’s an engaging listen and a jarring template that perfectly captures a disquietened and uneasy era.
80
The 405
It’s coherent, exciting, and strong, and it gives you an in-depth idea of how you can articulate experimental soundscapes with rough portions of sound that cause commotion.
80
God Is in the TV

World Eater is an exercise in building something expansive, lyrical and emotional from a deliberately limited palette. It’s a testament to realising that less can be more, that pointed restraint can open up fertile creative avenues.

80
AllMusic

Considering his legacy, it's all the more impressive that Power found even more challenging places to go with his music, but World Eater's focused chaos is some of his finest work yet.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

It does a solid job of scaring the living daylights out of us, retaining some of the dramatic ambient drones from Blanck Mass’s self-titled solo debut and the intricate programming from the EPs, but burying them in the walls of noise pursued in 2015’s Dumb Flesh.

80
Resident Advisor

If Dumb Flesh was a dance record about the fragility of the body, then World Eater is, perhaps, about the fragility of people. Power's frustration is clear.

80
No Ripcord

It may be Power’s most fatalistic declaration, but also his most engagingly diverse, and his marked exasperations do reflect a not-so-distant dystopia that suitably aligns with today’s societal disconnect.

77
GIGsoup

World Eater isn’t aspirational, it’s nasty. it’s the sort of music you pause when someone knocks on the door. it’s the sort of music you listen to when you need to wallow in your anger, not assuage it; when you want to feel righteous and charged up and weird.

70
Drowned in Sound
Above anything else, it is probably this fragmented, disorientating rush from one thing to the next which reflects our times most accurately of all.
70
PopMatters
While there are thrills to be had with the sheer rush of the powerful music contained here, the greater sense of conflict that Power documents in his outward looking opus is the real success of the record.
60
The Independent

Wreathed in loops and samples, swaddled in stacked vocal sounds, World Eater is former Fuck Button John Power’s response to the turbulence of 2016, and what he regards as “the inner beast inside human beings”. Unsurprisingly, it’s not a pretty sound, though there are moments of transcendent grace.

60
The Guardian

World Eater is a brutal record, but there’s humanity in it, because Power is drawn to melodies: even at its most pummelling it offers sweet spots and moments of instant gratification. Even without those, its unrelenting nature gives it a hypnotic power.

60
Crack Magazine

Despite its impressive moments, World Eater seems like an experiment that left the studio too early, marking a crossroads for an artist who has mastered one field and can’t decide whether to keep digging where he stands, or to go out looking for new territory.

BuffaloStaple
90
Personally, I think Blanck Mass' World Eater is a massively enjoyable experience to listen to, in fact it's been a while since I last enjoyed an electronic album this much. For some reason i've just been incredibly enamoured with this record since it came out and I haven't put it down at all. I've come to the conclusion that in my opinion, Benjamin uses repetition, clever pacing and hypnotic sampling to create an experience that is truly mesmerising. I just kinda get lost and immersed in this ... read more
EMR
52
British electronic producer Benjamin John Power continues with his hybrid solo project Blanck Mass, delivering a sonically diverse new album that uses everything from vocal snippets to drum-machines to a handful of synthesizers intertwined and translated into seven surreal electronic pieces. While Power definitely presents a few interesting moments with occasional bits of experimentalism and post-industrial soundscapes, the final results are far from what one could expect from such an ... read more
boniverski
85
I haven't felt this exhilarated and liberated in quite some time. It's like life cycle in fifty minutes. Softness and anger at once always work for me.
exception
87
So much energy and raw power can be felt from this record. World Eater is the soundtrack to a fucking riot and I love it. Fast paced beats mixed with airy and ethereal atmosphere (almost like vaporwave at times) makes for a really crazy collection of songs. Blanck Mass took some tips from producers like Daniel Lopatin and Blanck Banshee and created something even more genre-bending than his counterparts. By far one of the best and most well-rounded releases of the year, I can't wait to see ... read more
thisisabtlgrnd
86
This is a gem. I love Fuck Buttons, and I also enjoyed the last release from Blanck Mass, though I felt it was a bit too scattered in how many styles it tried to tackle for it really stand out. This is not the case with World Eater. With this release, Power has found a way to synthesize every style he's ever played in the past (noise, vaporwave, industrial, techno, trap, chillwave...) into one heaving, sparkling monolith of an electronic album.

This is also the first release from Power in ... read more
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Track List
  1. John Doe's Carnival of Error
  2. Rhesus Negative
  3. Please
  4. The Rat
  5. Silent Treatment
  6. Minnesota / Eas Fors / Naked
  7. Hive Mind


Added on: January 10, 2017