- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on August 20th, 2011 at 3:26p.m.
Some may accuse Nero of being too 'pop'. If by 'pop' they mean commercially successful, then they do have a point. All of the singles they released prior to Welcome Reality have been undeniable successes in the chart. However, if by 'pop' they mean 'not truly dubstep', then they quite honestly have no idea what they're talking about.
Certainly, Promises, Guilt, Me and You and Innocence may be on the more accessible end of the dubstep spectrum, but just because something's accessible doesn't make it bad. I would argue that all of the aforementioned songs are actually pretty great dubstep tracks in their own right. Had they not become popular, I'm sure that those who shun Nero for commercial success would be loudly proclaiming that they should be more popular.
Whatever your opinion on Nero and the steady absorption of dubstep into the mainstream, Welcome Reality is a triumph. It's well ordered, with tracks seamlessly mixing into the next (but not in an annoying way), well paced, and would probably be a good driving CD. The album itself sounds much like a Pendulum album (or should that be Pendulum albums sounding much like Nero?) - guitar, loud drums and lots of bass (obviously).
I really like the vocals on some of the tracks, too. They add something to the feel of the album which other similar albums lack, cutting through the overwhelming loudness of the whole thing with a sort of softness.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone with an interest in dubstep, or even if they just liked any of the singles or remixes they've released over the last year or so.