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Experimental/Post Metal

2.30 | 7 ratings

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4 stars Našt is the debut full-length studio album by French/ Danish avant-garde metal duo Whourkr. The album was independently released in 2007, but has seen a more official release in 2009 by Suprachaotic/Dan's Crypt.

The music on Našt is highly original but itīs not the kind of avant-garde music that includes everything but the kitchen sink. The basis in the music is death metal/ deathgrind with programmed drums, but the music is constantly twisted as it is put through a chopper and electronically altered. The alterations means that the songs sometimes sound like thereīs a 64k modem trying to connect to the internet on top of some brutal death metal. A strange yet very exciting combination. The vocals are wordless deep grunts and screams and they are meant to work as an extra instrument which they certainly do. This makes for a really exciting and progressive avant-garde musical journey but itīs also a dark and disturbing one, that at times leaves me with something I would describe as physical illness/ nausea. Iīm kept on my toes at all times and thankfully the album is only 24:44 minutes long. Donīt get me wrong here though, Iīm not satisfied with the short playing time because the music isnīt good, but because this kind of extreme and demanding music would be too much if the album lasted any longer. Some people might find this strange but the quality is very high on the 24:44 minutes that the album lasts and the album might have gotten tiresome had it lasted any longer. The production could have been better, but it suits the music pretty well.

Našt is an excellent release by Whourkr who put themselves in the frontrow of avant-garde metal with this one. Itīs not a perfect release, but itīs not often you come across something that sounds this alien and yet still so intriguing. A 3.5 - 4 star rating is deserved.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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