Review of the Album "For Whose Advantage?" by British Thrash Metal Band Xentrix
Introduction to the Album For Whose Advantage? & the Album's Cover
“For Whose Advantage?” is the second studio album by British thrash metal band Xentrix and it came out in 1990 just after their debut Shattered Existence so immediately these guys get to work on creating more thrash metal. The album’s cover has a man in a business suit that is sticking his hands out as if he really wants something. His skin is badly burned and yet he is smiling.
"For Whose Advantage?" the Songs Questions, For Whose Advantage & The Human Condition
This second album begins with the song Questions that basically says that life is a reward. I could not have said it better myself as this Earthly existence is a wonderful opportunity to learn, experience, and really grow as a human being. Xentrix has songs that ask great questions and this band has a philosophical approach in this first song. For Whose Advantage is about how corporate greed has ruined the world. For those of you that have been paying attention the album’s title has been written as For Whose Advantage? The song starts out in an interesting soft part with some narration before suddenly getting heavy. The bottom line for corporations is commercial growth and the profit margins which must be kept high in order for these big corporations to survive. As the song says, these corporate masters do not want to see their own stupidity as they take advantage of their employees. “The Human Condition” is a song about there being no hope for those that are alone. The world seems in some aspects to be a cruel kind of place but there is a stark contrast between the poor and wealthy nations but that’s beyond the scope of this article.
For Whose Advantage? The Other Songs
“False Ideals” questions the idea of there being a god because the song asks what sort of god lets people die. And yet there are millions of people worldwide that kneel and pray to him. There is the Christian religion which is one of the largest religions in the world so there can’t not be a god can there? If you don’t believe in GOD then you can refer to it as the Universe because remember that Alan Watts quote? “The Bitter End” is a melodic song that describes what happens in a world where people cannot trust each other. This band really addresses some very important life issues in their songs and Xentrix’s creativity in their lyrics is to be congratulated because Metallica has done this approach in the career as well. “Desperate Remedies” is a song criticizing those leaders that put in policies to seek to establish what is referred to as the perfect race when in reality no such thing even exists. When they play with other people’s lives by taking away their liberties, anarchy and chaos can result from actions such as this. “Kept in the Dark” is yet another song about humanity being in such a state that everything seems to be so dark and there is much pain. We live in a negative culture so it is natural that we will be exposed to such information as this but Xentrix still manages to keep things creative enough for me to listen to them.
Final Thoughts About the Second Album of Xentrix
Is For Whose Advantage a masterpiece of an album? I would not call it a masterpiece but Xentrix still maintains that punk metal and melodic thrash metal feel to show that they are indeed one of the United Kingdom’s best thrash metal bands ever.
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