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- Una Symphonia Della Paura by Philippe Petit
9/10 Brian Staff review, 18 May 2012
Apparently Petit considers himself a “musical travel agent" - Not half if you ask me, one minute i'm up a mountain in Peru, next minute a military bunker in Siberia or summat daft. This is worlds apart from the Cordophony he and his friends made, released mere weeks ago. It's also one of the most sonically arresting CDs I've encountered from Utech, five pieces long and the lengthiest slab 'o joyous noise - 'Fear Has Fallen' - is a thunderous tribal hypno-toad of a beast, all malevolent mountain rock like Faust or the pioneering Cromagnon merged with this spiritual metallic drone and kaleidoscopic ambient zong-scapery! Even try imagine the sound of a furious totemic people's army marching into the valleys to reclaim their land. Fucking awesome sounding gear. How all this stemmed from one wee collaboration (brief opener 'Murmers') with the omnipresent Mr. J. Broadrick I cannot cease thinking about.
There's grinding primal doom rock next going under the title 'The Dark Passenger', this tune made even more alarmingly good with all these ghostly wooshing effects and the heady post-rock melancholia that drapes itself over the fierce yet ponderous skeletal grumble. The cinematic cymbalom flourishes that grace the return of the monolithic tribal incantations and blissed dark psych-fuzz of 'The Night Has Eyes' add a truly mystical element, creating what equates to the deepest headcleanser. Imagine Test Dept. meeting High Wolf or Yellow Swans up a mountain in Tibet for an idea of the stentorian power of this work. Concluding with a lengthy slice of electrifying ferrous industrial/psychedelic noise and further pile-driving percussion, this CD must be of serious consideration to those who require something organic and intoxicating from their love of extreme music, not power electronics, more the power of TG, this music has that kind of dark sensual improvised energy I long for. Blistering stuff!
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