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Methadrone : Better Living (Though Chemistry)

Methadrone presents a journey into opiate sedatives, both through the lyrical themes as well as the drugged drones.

I currently (i.e. the year 2013) work in a subdicision of the Norwegian public mental healthcare. Part of my job is to administer drugs to people who have opiate dependency and who are part of some drug rehabilitation program; the drugs in question are primarily Methadone (also known as Biodone, Polamidon and Dolophine) and the buprenorphine formulations Subutex and Subuxone. These drugs are a primary theme in 'Better Living (Through Chemistry)', and I feel closely connected to it because the users of such drugs are a large part of my everyday professional life - an occupation I've had for the last two years. Having said this, I can to a degree understand how the relaxed music on this album fits together with the theme, but in most cases I find more smiles than the gloom found herein.

However, should you ignore social context and focus on what I understand is the psychical effect of opiates, then 'Better Living (Though Chemistry)' hits something central. Now, most users who I've asked say that these drugs do not sedate as much as they relieve; they calm the mind and allows the users to focus, and in a sense they allow their users to live more active lives that feel more normal than drugged. Nevertheless, the effects of opiates are sedative, and the effect a person would likely experience if already in a "normal" state is precisely sedative in the same sense as this album is sedate: The slow, calm drones and quiet, dreamy vocals create an aura of something sleepily pleasant. It is sleepy in its almost inanimate calm as well as it has this dreamy feeling of being slightly out of touch with the world. The feeling is enhanced by strong elements of etheral electronica, creating a borderless symbiosis between Until Death Overtakes Me and Faithless. With such a minimalistic approach one would assume there would not be much variation; it is quite true that the individual tracks flow into each other and make it hard to distinguish one track from another, but somehow I find that the album remains mysteriously fascinating throughout. Perhaps I can best explain this by describing the music as meditative, because I find that the relaxed drones function like some sort of meditative focus which narrows the listeners attention onto itself, thus allowing the listener to be ensnared into the slow pulse of this opiate drone.

To achieve the feeling of this album, Methadrone left the realm of doom to focus solely on the pleasant flow which dominates here. Hence I would not automatically assume that a fan of doom/drone would find anything of interest here. First and foremost 'Better Living (Through Chemistry)' is an atmosphere which, in true opioid fashion, promotes relaxation and sleep. In fact, playing this album is an ideal beginning to find perfect sleep

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Flight to Nowhere
2. Biodone
3. Cold Deep Blue
4. Polamidon
5. Better Living (Through Chemistry)
6. Buprenorphene
7. Toward Elysium
8. Dolophine
9. Slough Realism
10. Spiritual Synthesis Pt. 1
11. Spiritual Synthesis Pt. 2

Duration : Approx. 51 minutes

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Reviewed on 2013-06-23 by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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