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    Antarcticans, the “The New Black”

    Mystical epics carved with glacial grace by this 5-piece from
    Pasadena. Lengthy instro excursions climb through God Speed
    clouds up and over the Holy Mountain. Excellent use of the
    rise and fall of dynamics, as if the listener finds resting
    caves along the way, only to catch a second and a third wind,
    along with a second and third guitarist to boot. Track one
    hits a pagan celebration about 10 minutes in, Io Pan indeed.
    Track two begins bending an angular riff over a broken half
    step at the temple to some two-headed god. Janus? The god
    gets angry, then blissfully calm, then angry again. The band
    seems to have a firm grasp on how long to ride a passage
    before moving on to other territory. The last track finds
    all five adrift on an iceberg with the mummified remains of
    Florian Fricke. Nice harmonics tick up to a squall around
    6:50 in…large auditorim reverb billowing on quick picked
    guitar that mounts in fury till 11 minutes or so…then its
    a very slow fade to white, which is the new black. Somewhere
    between the 12- and 32-minute marks that song vanishes into
    thin air.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 9, 2005 at 2:57 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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