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Label: Century Media / Release date: 22nd March 2011
After five or six spins this record grows on you you get sucked in the big picture, because this is very complex record, indeed.
What this band has managed to do is blend some aspects of the music which don’t really fit together. Just take a listen at Meshuggah riffs and rhythm section combined with moody goth rock textures of the early 80’s. Take some atmospheric vocals (and background harmonies) on top of all that and you will – well maybe start to get an idea what this band is all bout. But there is so much more.
Generally looking the band creates an universe which kicks you around its corners, floors and ceilings. Yes, for the most part the band manages to take you wherever they want, but at the times their odd times measures and broken riffs seem forced and unnecessary. Fortunately this occurs just occasionally and for the most part band just pulls of whatever they want to.
It’s highly impressive to spin this record again and again because it grows in you and at the same time it reveals new aspects of the music to you. Have I not known it, I would guess that this is third or fourth release from this band. It’s not often that I say that, but it does happen. And what a pleasure it is to discover such an album.