Album Review

Oblique Quartet – “Tlaloc Beat” – [Alphatauri]

Thurston Hunger   8/15/2015   A Library, CD

Guitar Hero ain’t no video game. Ron Anderson started
from mere Molecules and has built a pretty heavy
catalog of blistering guitar-fueled rock and
experimental sounds. This quartet founded in
Mexico City flexes their muscles, delivering an
instrumental fusion fist of old school heavy metal
(the drums of Azael Gonzalez) and jazz jabs from
Carlos Fierro on a busy electric bass and Ron
running down Sonny Sharrock at times. The key
element though may be Carlos’ brother Marco (the
two launched the Alphatauri label for this). Marco’s
electronics from the get-go add a warping way to
the album that helps make the frenzy fresh. Often
times it sounds like he’s got a theremin being
chased by a radar gun. “Lluvia y Trueno” is one
song where they sort of drop a sludge blues bomb
onto the disk, it’s the most straight forward number
if you want to wade in to the disk, Marco does spin
the dials after a while on that one though. But why
not jump right into the fire with “The Great Temple?”
Or the closer, which could be Dazed and Contused, a
simple slow descending bass riff that eventually
swings with full force. “Tlaloc” as an Aztec god of
fertility, hopefully will give birth to more from
this OQ. Also of interest, digging up some old
Stalaktos relics from the Fierros!
-Thurston Hunger

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