Hair on My Food
Smoke may need to reconsider this whole
Smoke – “II”
Largely instrumental , all you’ve really got to work with is Smoke’s endlessly repeating musical movements. Some bands, like Orthrelm, can turn repetition into something hypnotic and psychedelic, but even they can make a misstep (I own OV but it’s not exactly an everyday kinda listen). In Smoke’s hands, it’s just monotonous. The songs blur together and when they do find a hook, they ride it into the ground. At about 40 minutes for the album, Haze just becomes excruciating to the point that even highlights, like some pretty sweet garage rock drumming, can’t hold your attention very long.
[Full disclosure: the label sent me a download.]
hmmm interesting. thanks for that. the label pitched it to me as grind. either way, this just didn't jazz me.
I'm listening to the myspace tracks now...
Hmmm. Strikes me that this kind of idea could be quite successful if better produced- I don't mean overproduced I understand this is BM- but what could be loads of interesting rhythmic variations on the guitars is lost in the very muddy mix.
As it is they sound very samey.
Oh, and thanks for the plug there :)
i agree that this seems like the kinda music where there's a very fine margin for success. if some of these songs were cut in half and spiffed up a bit, this may have worked a lot better.
It's black metal. It would lose its intended occult, ritualistic quality (i.e. its whole charm) with better production. Still doesn't do much for me, though; not with bands like Fell Voices.
I feel like a distinction should be made between better production and cleaner production. I think I think in this case, better production would have been turning up the guitars slightly. It could still be awesome and necro with loud guitars. I could see how this black metal. Actually, I kind of like the vocals, and music, but I just wish i could hear the guitars and bass a little better.
Why would you post a review of a tape if you don't even know which genre the band plays?
I don't think they try to "ape" a grindcore band.. they probably don't even know that band.
If you are into extremely raw black metal, get this..
if you're not, back off, this probably isn't for you..
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