Immersion (album)

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Immersion
Pendulum immersion artwork.jpg
Studio album by Pendulum
Released 21 May 2010
(see Release history)
Recorded 2008–2010[citation needed]
Studio (see Studios)
Genre Electronic rock, drum and bass, dubstep, house, alternative metal
Length 67:14
Label Warner Music UK, Earstorm, Atlantic Records
Producer Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen
Pendulum chronology
In Silico
(2008)
Immersion
(2010)
Singles from Immersion
  1. "Watercolour"
    Released: 1 May 2010
  2. "Witchcraft"
    Released: 18 July 2010
  3. "The Island"
    Released: 19 September 2010
  4. "Crush"
    Released: 16 January 2011

Immersion is the third studio album by Australian-British band Pendulum. The album was announced in early 2009, with the name being confirmed in December 2009.[1] The album was released 21 May 2010 in Australia and Ireland, and 24 May for the rest of the world,[2] followed by a UK tour of the album. In January 2010 Pendulum hosted the album preview Ear Storm event at Matter in London in which many top DJs performed sets of their own with Pendulum being the headliners.[3]

The album was finished on 18 April 2010 and mastered by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios in Los Angeles.[4]

Immersion peaked at number 1 in the UK Official Top 40 charts in its first week of release.[5]

The album features collaborations with Liam Howlett, Steven Wilson and the Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63%[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[7]
Alternative Press favourable[8]
BBC Music favourable[9]
NME 4/10[10]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[11]
Rock Sound 8/10[12]
Sputnikmusic 3.0/5[13]

Public reception[edit]

Immersion was well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.01 out of 5, based on more than 1,000 ratings,[14] and on Sputnikmusic the album has a "great" average rating of 3.5 out of 5, based on more than 650 ratings.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rob Swire, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Genesis"     1:09
2. "Salt in the Wounds"     6:38
3. "Watercolour"     5:04
4. "Set Me on Fire"     5:02
5. "Crush"     4:13
6. "Under the Waves"   Swire, Paul Harding, Ben Mount 4:54
7. "Immunize"   Swire, Liam Howlett 4:36
8. "The Island – Pt.I (Dawn)"     5:20
9. "The Island – Pt.II (Dusk)"     4:09
10. "Comprachicos"   Swire, Gareth McGrillen 2:48
11. "The Vulture"   Swire, Mount 4:03
12. "Witchcraft"   Swire, McGrillen 4:12
13. "Self vs. Self"   Swire, Björn Gelotte, Anders Fridén 4:45
14. "The Fountain"   Swire, Steven Wilson 5:00
15. "Encoder"   Swire, Peredur ap Gwynedd 5:21

B-side[edit]

The track "Ransom" was originally included in the album but it was later dropped as it "didn't fit the sound of the album". The band later stated that "Ransom will be either released as a free download to fans or a B-side but it will definitely see the light of day".[4] Rob Swire later stated that "Ransom" won't be released because he found the song to be "boring" after the intro, however that most of the project files for the song were corrupted when his MacBook hard drive malfunctioned.[16][17][18] However, on 6 April 2011, "Ransom" was released as a download only single on the group's website in aid of Japan's earthquake appeal, and entered the UK Singles Chart at no. 193 the following week.[19]

Credits[edit]

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[20]

Personnel[edit]

Pendulum[edit]

  • Rob Swirevocals on "Watercolour", "Crush", "Under the Waves", "Immunize", "The Island – Pt.I (Dawn)", "The Island – Pt. II (Dusk)", "Comprachicos", "Witchcraft", "Self vs. Self", guitar on "Under the Waves", "Comprachicos"
  • Ben Mount – vocals on "The Vulture"
  • Peredur ap Gwynedd – guitar on "Crush", "The Vulture", "Witchcraft", "Self vs. Self", "The Fountain", "Encoder"
  • Gareth McGrillenbass guitar on "Comprachicos", "Witchcraft"
  • Kevin "KJ" Sawka – drums on "Crush", "Comprachicos", "Witchcraft", "Self vs. Self", "Encoder", percussions on "The Island – Pt.I (Dawn)", "The Island – Pt. II (Dusk)", "The Vulture", "Encoder"

Guest musicians[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Andy Greenwood – brass on "Watercolour"
  • Andy Wood – brass on "Watercolour"
  • Craig Wild – brass on "Watercolour"
  • Adrian Revell – brass on "Watercolour"
  • Martin Williams – brass on "Watercolour"
  • Samantha Beagley – vocals on "The Vulture"

Production[edit]

  • Rob Swire – production, mixing
  • Gareth McGrillen – production, except for "Genesis" and "The Fountain"
  • Liam Howlett – production on "Immunize"
  • Brad Kohn – mixing (drums only) on "Crush" and "Encoder", editing assistant
  • Brian "Big Bass" Gardner – mastering

Visual art[edit]

  • Valp Maclej Hajnrich – artwork

Samples[edit]

  • "We Do the Killing" by Cocoa Tea, written by C. Scott, W. Riley, used on "Set Me on Fire"

Studios[edit]

  • Pendulum HQ – mixing
  • Brain Gardner Mastering – mastering

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Edition
Worldwide 21 May 2010 (2010-05-21) Download Standard
Ireland 12" LP, CD
Australia
United Kingdom 24 May 2010 (2010-05-24)
16 January 2011 (2011-01-16) Download iTunes edition
United States 25 January 2011 (2011-01-25) 12" LP, CD, download Standard, iTunes edition

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[22] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 67
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[24] 98
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[25] 48
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[26] 50
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 62
Greek Albums (IFPI)[28] 25
Irish Albums (IRMA)[29] 15
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[30] 41
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[31] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 43
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 1
Preceded by
Exile on Main St.
by The Rolling Stones
UK Albums Chart
number-one album

30 May 2010 – 6 June 2010
Succeeded by
To the Sea
by Jack Johnson

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pendulum announce live tour. pendulum.com (1 December 2009). Retrieved on 4 December 2009.
  2. ^ Immersion - Out Now. Pendulum.com. Retrieved on 28 August 2010.
  3. ^ Pendulum announce the first 'Ear Storm' night at Matter nightclub, London. pendulum.com (27 November 2009). Retrieved on 25 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b Immersion masters sent to manufacturing. Twitter (20 April 2010). Retrieved on 24 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Immersion at αCharts.us". acharts.us.
  6. ^ Immersion at Metacritic
  7. ^ Kellman, Andy. Immersion - Pendulum at AllMusic
  8. ^ Slessor, Dan (January 14, 2011). "Pendulum - Immersion - Reviews". www.altpress.com. Alternative Press. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Diver, Mike (2010). "Review of Pendulum - Immersion". www.bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Mackay, Emily. "Album review: Pendulum - 'Immersion' (Warners)". www.nme.com. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Garratt, John (30 March 2011). "Pendulum: Immersion". www.popmatters.com. PopMatters. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. "Pendulum - Immersion - Reviews". www.rocksound.tv. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  13. ^ Deviant (May 22, 2010). "Review: Pendulum - Immersion". www.sputnikmusic.com. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Immersion by Pendulum (Album, Drum and Bass)". rateyourmusic.com. Sonemic. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Pendulum - Immersion User Opinions". www.sputnikmusic.com. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  16. ^ Rob Swire's state Ransom won't be released. Twitter (September 27, 2010). Retrieved on 27 September 2010.
  17. ^ Rob Swire's reasons why Ransom won't be released. Twitter (September 27, 2010). Retrieved on 27 September 2010.
  18. ^ Rob Swire's reasons why Ransom won't be released. Twitter (September 27, 2010). Retrieved on 27 September 2010.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart for the week ending 16 April 2011". UKChartsPlus. Liverpool: UKChartsPlus (503): 1–4. 
  20. ^ Immersion (booklet). Pendulum. Warner Music UK. 2010. 5051865948827. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Pendulum – Immersion". Hung Medien.
  22. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Pendulum – Immersion" (in German). Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Ultratop.be – Pendulum – Immersion" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  24. ^ "Ultratop.be – Pendulum – Immersion" (in French). Hung Medien.
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Pendulum – Immersion" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  26. ^ "Pendulum: Immersion" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  27. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  28. ^ "Greekcharts.com – Pendulum – Immersion". Hung Medien.
  29. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 21, 2010". Chart-Track. IRMA.
  30. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: 2010-06-21" (in Japanese). Oricon.
  31. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Pendulum – Immersion". Hung Medien.
  32. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Pendulum – Immersion". Hung Medien.
  33. ^ "Pendulum | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  34. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  35. ^ "British album certifications – Pendulum – Immersion". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Immersion in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search

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