This morning I received a very exciting package of releases from DarkWave Press & Promotions who I don’t believe I’ve heard from previously.
The parcel contained 7 CD releases from their stable of bands, which are variously distributed across the globe by one or all of the following companies - Subsound/narcotica/alive/code7/phd/rockinc.
The bands broadly all fit into what I call the Death-Metal/Terrorisor school of rock [that’s my category – no doubt the cognoscenti of this ilk of musik have their own upto the minute genre titles, but it’s a waste of time bothering with these nuances – they will all be different tomorrow].
The above will tell you that I can’t be considered as a hard-core aficionado of Metal in any of its manifold guises, but I’m gonna make an attempt at reviewing them all from a broader music lover’s point of view. It may take a day or two… or even more!
Here’s the first – watch out for more in the next few days.
Inferno*: Pompa Magna
*to be intended as inferno sci-fi grind’n’roll from Rome Italy [sic]
This album has 15 tracks dividing conveniently into 2 main types. The first is the standard grind’n’roll [their terminology] style and as far as I can judge these tracks are executed in the tight economical way that such pieces generally are – no complaints here but I think there’s nothing too original to blow my trumpet about either.
On the other hand the second group is far more interesting, being of a highly experimental nature – using feedback etc and sounding almost like cutting edge Electronica in places.
I especially like the long final track ‘Valhalla Can Wait,’ the very brief ‘Do Androids Have Sex in Electric Cars’ and the very enigmatic ‘The Weeping Saw,’ which sounds like a drunken country singer with his head down the toilet calling for help from above.
The musical value of these tracks is well on par with the inventiveness of the titles! Even if you’re not a fan of the hardcore metal stuff, the more esoteric tracks are well worth seeking out this album for.