A live version of I Want It Back was recently captured on video.
From the opening warmth of the keyboard to the closing sequencer three minutes and eleven seconds later the audience is enraptured by the combinations of electronics, drum-pad, cymbals and sympathetic vocal. Agi Brine are able to utilise the gadgetry, not to make complicated obscurity rather, to strip away to the fundamentals and deliver a sound that has a heartening earthiness that you just want to hold closely.
An EP – Fillin’ Empty Spaces is due for imminent release and well worth getting hold of as Agi Brine utilise piano and Flute in the release giving the material ever wider contact points.
The understated sounds of Here’s The Thing drift pococurantely into the room belieing the luxuriant energy underlaying the track, which becomes more punch over the two and three quarter minutes. The Goldhearts provide the ears with luscious tones of hazy guitar which stretch across a percussion, that gives the piece a bustling froth, as the vocal seals the melodious fretwork.
Here’s The Thing, due for official release on the 27th, is taken from their début LP set to be unveiled early next year.
The last of the dozen tracks, Edgeless is a gradually evolving almost eight minutes of progressive metal that contains both stuttering guitar and bullet point percussion as well as reflective passages in which Chaos are able to demonstrate both energy and theatre.
Despite the prodigious length of the track, Edgeless, does not find the listener drifting off with wandering mind, rather maintaining engagement as the piece develops.
Due for release on the 30th is the single 脳ミソくれ (Eat Your Brains), in advance of an LP still being finalised – a visceral take on the mass marketing of ideas which become easily accepted lifestyle choices.
Set to a dystopian soundtrack Kuts De Coyote provides a track that reflects of the message being conveyed with an easy to follow electronic beat that disappears into nothing, like water running down a plug-hole, with the ripples of discontent around the edges, which themselves become caught in the flow of easy digestion, whilst a warning bass seeks to form a barrier to stop the nothingness. The vocal becomes ever more insistent before it too disappears into the gloop.
The Finnish electro-metal sextet, Vorna, are set to release the LP – Ei Valo Minua Seuraa – on the 4th of December.
Vorna – Ei Valo Minua Seuraa – artwork
A symphonic composition flows around the room as Yskin, the penultimate of the seven tracks on Ei Valo Minua Seuraa magisterially floats into earshot. The graceful sounds of – synthesised-violin, chorale, bowed double-bass and pianoforte are torn asunder by the demanding mewling vocal which spits invective at all in proximity and as the track builds so does the fulminating metal waiting to be unsheathed.
Vorna is able to achieve all of this without becoming a parody of themselves. There is nothing to do other than settle back and enjoy the spectacle of six highly talented musicians who understand precisely how to pitch their creative juices in best order, leaving the listener with nothing more to do than malinger from other activity to take pleasure in the the stunning creativity that unfolds.
The CD for Ei Valo Minua Seurra is available directly from the label – Inverse Records. Having had the opportunity to take a spin around the album, if you enjoy a bit of melodrama with your cup of coffee, well worth grabbing hold of and holding tightly.