Savage and cyclonic , the raw, churning, aggressively modulated guitar work, the percussive force, and the heavily resonant basslines that propel the more ferocious cuts on "Abunai!'s double-length CD " `Round Wound " have a frenetic, abandoned energy to complement their almost circular directionality, and the CD itself was recorded in a manner that builds toward this sustained, furious, explosive release in phases without the universal features that are associated with conventional song structure, giving " `Round Wound" the feel of a continuous, 78-minute + track laid down improvisationally.
And while it is true that " ` Round Wound" is the product of improvisation, the liner notes indicate that the band spent hours editing the material together in a recording process so nearly seamless that the resulting tracks are referred to as the `Chart Of Dimensionless Numbers". And with good reason: when not searing the fretboard with explosive riffing ("Motorcycle Boots", ` Bwow Winds?", " Buzz Bombb", and "Drowning In Light"), the guitars can shift into leviatational, shimmering, spatially elongated phrasing with nearly the same menace ("LT TOP HVY BOTTOM" , "Altarian Excavation", "Overscan", and "Genetic Epdidemic"), while other cuts are hybrids of both, selected examples being "Rolling of The Stones", "Electric Reynolds", and "Barsoom ; even the fragments are overlayered with swirling guitar and organ, such as " Anti-Twilight Arch" and " Wound ` Round". The drumwork can be fierce and propulsive, and when synched in with the bassline provides a rhythmic framework heavier than the spine of an oversized cryptozoic creature.
Definitely mining a Krautrock influence and easily the most psychedelic of their releases, " `Round Wound" is also Abunai!'s most cohesive, though none of the tracks are composed in a fashion that matches up with universal features that characterize the format of a traditional song. Deep and reflective, it's definitely immersive, and best listened to all at once, especially with a pair of quality headphones or earbuds. Set aside some money and time to invest in a copy of " ` Round Wound". I can definitely recommend it.