Album: "Splinter" (1997)
Label: Metropolis Records
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 13


Reviewed by: Darklight

This is a Colin Schwen project. You might be familar with his other band Terminal Sect. Well, I personally can't tell the difference between the two. This makes me wonder why Colin decided to do this project in the first place. Usually when a musician does a side project it's to do something different. However, there is nothing different about Porcupine Defense when compared to Terminal Sect. Both the music and vocals are extremely noisy and distorted making these songs difficult to enjoy. It's a shame that everything is so scratchy and chaotic because this could be really good music if it was cleaned up. As it is now it's hard to really get into because it's actually kind of annoying. All of the songs basically sound the same and play at the same pace not allowing enough variety. The overall music is not layered nearly as much as I would like. The extremely distorted growling vocals and noises drown out the electronics and synths. This is loud and aggressive music with an angry edge. Nothing ever gets too creative here. I have heard this same sound on two Terminal Sect albums already. I want something new. If the vocals were cleaner and there was less distortion on the music and greater synth melodies were used, we would have something here. But right now this is just too messy. The recording quality is muffled and poor. Some songs are recorded at higher volume levels making the overall album sound unbalanced. If you're a big fan of Terminal Sect and want more of the same energy packed noisy diostorted anger combined with slight guitar and scratchy static sounds then you will like this. Otherwise, you will probably want to pass.