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Enslaved – ?Isa? (Back On Black) 33 rpm

It must be something to do with the climate. What else
could you blame for so much great Black/Death Metal
coming from the Nordic climes, whose total population
could probably fit into one of the smaller LA suburbs ?
And Enslaved keep the winning streak going with this
exceptional release. This Norwegian 5-piece (yes, they
add the subtlety of keyboards to the usual guitar/bass/
drums line-up) is one of the finest exponents of the
genre, and they bring a wide range of colours and
textures to bear here, with the high-point being the
closing 12+ minute epic ‘Reogenesis? with Arve Isdal’s
lead guitar playing simply scintillating. Death never
tasted so sweet !

Terry Tyke

  • Reviewed by Tyke on March 17, 2005 at 2:00 pm
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  • Nmperign – ?We Devote Every Effort To Offer You?. – (Siwa) 33 rpm

    As Nmperign, Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelley perform some
    ridiculous sonic atrocities on their trumpet and soprano
    saxophone. The kinds of things they do should probably
    be illegal, but thankfully they aren’t – they’re just absolutely
    off the wall. The first of this 2 LP set is so quiet and subtle
    overall, you’d swear somebody’s given you a blank record
    by mistake. But, what you really get is an incredible display
    of control and invention, with sounds ranging from lengthy
    tones to burbling trills and barely audible breath bursts –
    don’t be shy with your levels for this ! The second LP, while
    you could never accuse it of being loud, requires a lot less
    attention to detail from we the listeners, but still continues
    where the first LP left off, with Rhainey and Kelly still
    abusing their instruments in the most attractive way

    Terry Tyke

  • Reviewed by Tyke on March 17, 2005 at 1:49 pm
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  • M83 – ?Before The Dawn Heals Us?

    Taking their name from a distant galaxy, the duo of
    Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau (pronounced
    From-a-zho) from Antibes, France, make beautiful,
    otherworldly music that sounds like it could have been
    lifted from a sci-fi movie. These two have traded in
    their guitars and punk aesthetic for a supremely
    lush, melodic sound that sometimes has that weightless,
    floating aura that hasSigur Ros stamped all over it, and
    at others has the driving fuzz blast of the My Bloody
    Valentine shoegazer set, both of which mark them out
    as absolute winners in my book. It’s a mix of vocal and
    instrumental tracks, with the 10-minute finale being the
    icing on a delicious cake that will have you ditching that
    diet you’ve been hating and coming back for much more.

    Terry Tyke

  • Reviewed by Tyke on January 26, 2005 at 4:06 pm
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