BodyChoke: Cold River Songs Purity PTY001
Heavy driving ponderous apocalyptic progressive metal. Listening to this album, I could think only in terms of impressive adjectives.And they just kept on coming - jumping onto the sounding board of my brain as if my Bose was a special mill for turning raw music into eloquent vocabulary.
Stepping away from Pseud's Corner, I find myself very satisfied with this 50 pence find in the charity shop reject basket. It has simple yet very effective arrangements rather dated in feel but which reminds one that not every style that has been abandoned is finished - it's just taking a rest. This sonorous gothic styling leaves one trying to place just where one last heard such powerful artistry - it's maybe a cross between Pink Floyd, The Doors and The Edgar Broughton Band entering the realm of Seventies Krautrock, but maybe it isn't. Perhaps we have a truly original composition here, which merely conjures past glories through clever use of the power of suggestion. I'm not sure - either way this is a damned exciting lump of good old hardrock. It comes out of that piece of history we call 1998 but seems as fresh and strong as a daisy providing nectar to an iron butterfly.