January 2012 Short Reviews (Akhet, His Electro Blue Voice, Ur)


Akhet - Akhet [dis­cogs]

There are rare impromptu record­ing ses­sions where everything just comes together. Akhet is a res­ult of one of those, an incedental col­lab­or­a­tion by Paul van den Berg, Marc Ver­hae­ghen, and Dirk Ser­ries. The four long tracks on this LP released by Tone­float clock to almost an hour, filled with quirky elec­tron­ics, soft drones, and frantic gui­tar work. Through­out these impro­vised tracks, there is a mys­ter­i­ous and at times psy­che­delic atmo­sphere vaguely con­nec­ted to the Egyp­tian of the name of this pro­ject.

As has been noticed my man listen­ers and review­ers, there’s a dis­tinct 1970s krautrock feel to this album, but at the same time, you can detect the evol­u­tion of elec­tronic music in the way the synths are applied. As a res­ult, Akhet does­n’t sound quite like any par­tic­u­lar thing, includ­ing the other works of the indi­vidual artists involved. All tracks on the album are inter­est­ing and fas­cin­at­ing, but I have to men­tion the last one in par­tic­u­lar, which has  superb fren­zied elec­tronic loop­ing going on, an ener­getic and intense cli­max to an excel­lent album.

Dead Sons

His Elec­tro Blue Voice - Dead Sons EP [dis­cogs]

The Brave Mys­ter­ies label pushes its bound­ar­ies again with this 12″ EP by Italian band His Elec­tro Blue Voice. Dead Sons con­tains lots of speedy rock, a punk atti­tude, nicely layered effects, all giv­ing a full sound to the screamy vocals and shred­ding gui­tars. Power­ful driv­ing bass and drums round out the heav­ier parts nicely. At the same time, there are exper­i­mental parts, like the psy­che­delic flute-based end­ing of the first track, that add addi­tional good­ness to this record.

All of this just barely lasts twenty minutes, but that’s good at times, and an EP like this does­n’t out­stay its wel­come. A nice sur­prise this one, and a band to keep an eye on in the future if you’re into ballsy, exper­i­mental rock.

The Day of the Lord

Ur - The Day of the Lord - 060606 Ses­sion [dis­cogs]

This 2010 release on Abgurd records con­sists of four tracks deep in the realm of dark ambi­ent and noise. The long first track is based on low, deep rum­blings, obscured voices, and other tiny vari­ations. The second track slowly and con­vin­cingly builds up to cli­max in a churn­ing mass of noise, drones, and dis­tor­ted screams. The final two tracks are a bit calmer once more, with the final track being the most inter­est­ing, where a bass gui­tar line and screech­ing violin add a touch of occult rock to the album.

All in all, not a par­tic­u­larly spe­cial album, but it is reas­on­ably var­ied in its mix of vari­ous indus­trial influ­ences, and the atmo­sphere is nice and obscure.