Album Review

Ahna – “AHNA” – [Broadway to Boundary, The]

Thurston Hunger   3/16/2015   12-inch, A Library

2010 release from a Vancouver duo sludge hammering
with Anju Singh on drums and Graham Christofferson
on bass, both share singing/screaming duties and
both add elements of noise, Anju also scraping
the soul out of a viola, on the last track I
think. That track, “Nine” is an excellent blend
of staticky moments of tension broken by bursts
of impulse attacks from the bass/drums and
Singh’s shriek. And it ends then in an eternity
of the tension as they drop a locked groove,
interestingly that sample sample appears as
a few moments of introduction on side A. I guess
it’s one of those destruction/creation death/birth
things (and yes there is a hand-drawn ouroboros
in their artwork). “Cast Out By Vomit” kills
the tense spiral after a few short rounds to
drop heavy piano and toms, with guitar fuzzed
on the 7/4 and Graham Crust whispering the
bile repetition. Power drone from that to
“Evocation” where again Graham is handling the
vox, but on “I Saw You” Anju alternates
in at first kind of soft and distant, “wearing
your hate” and this song introduces a bit more
punk aspect to the doom/torture. That blossoms
on the next cut, “Cult of One” which connected
to older Vancouver vitriol, Submission Hold.
Side A ends in a spectacular locked groove
sure to be well used by KFJC DJ’s. Dug the punk
puncturing, the ambient slamming amidst the doom.
-Thurston Hunger

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