Filter Returns to Industrial Roots on Angels
Platinum rock band Filter have released their fifth studio album, The Trouble With Angels. Fans weaned on the industrial outbursts and corrosive beats of 1995′s Short Bus and 1999′s Title of Record will be ecstatic to hear Richard Patrick’s unmistakable scream and unflinching honesty dominating the new album.
“I’ve heard people say, ‘Well, Richard is mellowing with age…’ and I was like, ‘really?’” exclaims Patrick. “Mellow? You know what? I’ve been looking for an excuse to tear people’s heads off again!”
Patrick teamed with producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Atreyu, Saliva) to deliver a heavier album that kicks off with three songs that he says are for people “who are super-pissed and want Short Bus.”
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“My fans have shown up at the shows and they are like, ‘Dude, we love all the mellow stuff and it’s really pretty, but let’s rock,’” explained Patrick to Fender News in December 2010. ”So I told Bob the criteria for me on this record was to reestablish and reconnect with my heavy fans and give them what they want.”
The album’s debut single, ‘The Inevitable Relapse,’ features thundering chords and an isolated bass line that both conjure and modernize Filter’s signature sound.
On the surface, the leadoff single details a shattered man succumbing to addiction, but Patrick says people who think the song is about addiction, consumption and obsession are wrong.
“It’s a love song,” he claims.
However, several songs on the album are subject to multiple interpretations and a bit of a guessing game. Is the hammering “Absentee Father” about the man upstairs or an unreliable blood relation? Does the fist-pumping “No Love” take a nation addicted to warfare to task, or is it a flagellation of the narrator’s own selfishness?
Although Patrick prefers to keep things ambiguous, he did share one of his sources for overall inspiration, as well as the background story for “Catch a Falling Knife.”
“That song was inspired by someone like Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped and someone’s slave for 18 years,” Patrick told Fender News. ”It’s not her life story, but it’s loosely based on how someone in that situation copes. That to me is interesting fodder for heavy rock music. So many heavy bands write things like “Call the beast” or they sing about Satan. For me, there’s enough stories to read out of a newspaper that inspire heavy rock.”
He also shares his sonic perspective behind the serrated riff on “Absentee Father.”
“The solo in that song — it’s like total disregard,” Patrick laughs. “A complete and utter f––k you-ism solo that doesn’t follow any rules whatsoever; completely avant-garde, and it’s the third song on the record. It’s the ultimate (example of) ‘At this moment, I have absolutely no regard for the rules of music whatsoever and it’s time to break them to make this thing; say what I need to say.’”
Patrick has also employed some of the best in the business for the upcoming tour. The live band features Patrick on vocals and guitar, guitarist Rob Patterson (Korn, Otep), bassist Phil Buckman and longtime Filter drummer, Mika Fineo. Keep an eye on www.officialfilter.com for upcoming tour announcements.