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This review is from: Colored Sands (Audio CD)
-pretty good is an understatement! Since (inexplicably, coming from rather generic beginnings) initially peaking with their magisterial album 'Obscura' in 1998, two or more of their original band members are no longer among the living...) this CD was hotly anticipated.
The band has an erratic, gap-rich release history....so hold your breath and listen to these 9 songs: it offers abstract, technically state-of -the art, artfully dissonant white-water death (I guess) metal of the finest. If 'Obscura' sounded like scary sounds from a demon-infested swamp, 'Coloured Sands' is the twister in the barbed wire factory with splinter grenades thrown in, more defined, more metallic and technical -and yet, there are always organic, hummable, even whistle-able melodies, often evoking beautifully surreal and serene pictures of cosmogony and dying neutron stars (in me). They could easily write soundtracks for Hollywood movies.
Great to listen to in the privacy of my noise-encapsulating car during daily commute-rage.
Maybe nothing really absolutely new -just everything very, very good, tight, breathless and frightening.
One would only wish that potent artists like these here could transcend genre-specific metal boundaries and do something even more, really, really far out, something mind-blasting new -though I don't know what this would be -if anybody they've got what it takes.