?Violution? is the final piece of a trilogy in which the band explored all sorts of apocalyptic imagery and foreboding. Its subtitle is the charming and hopeful ?Choking on Black Liquid Death.? While you?d almost be disappointed to not hear such a topic chewed on by a metal band, V:28 is not just a metal band, and their exploration of said theme is not just due to it being expected of them. The band experiments with the genre, adding in touches of drone, noise and other ambient twists. ?Violution? is a short set, the nine songs wrapping up in under an hour, and the production needs to be less slick and progressive, and MORE edgy and raw in spots, but overall this is a rare breed, a record by a metal band that has ideas and takes risks.
On tracks like ?Shut It Down,? for which there is a video included in the enhanced CD, ?Patterns of the Weak,? and ?Worldwide Bombing day? the band refresh typical metal doom with surprising chord changes and arrangements, and the unpredictable vocals of the legendary Garm.
?Exequor? adds atmospheric found sounds, and the strings used in ?When Entropy Decreases? are inspired; this is a band more than familiar with genre clich?s, and knows how to invert them with power.
We?re not talking revelatory, but in their own way, V:28 stretch themselves on almost every track here? they are a metal band that forces you to see them as much more than that as well. While the seriousness of the trilogy and the message may not be as powerful and effective as planned, the music and the smarts behind it are what impresses. 6/10 -- Mike Wood (19 December, 2007)