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Experimental/Post Metal

4.07 | 96 ratings

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3 stars Post free jazz (bass) death metal

PREHISTORICISMS is an album of one song. When I've heard Australopithecus for the first time I was amazed! It was something unique and fresh, something disturbing and captivating. The most conspicuous thing is fantastic jazz bass which is very distinct from other instruments and plays very important role in the composition. It's all the more interesting so because it's post death metal. Usually bass presence in death metal is barely audible.

So bass in Australopithecus is great, fine. Guitars are great. Atmosphere is great, very dark and psychedelic. Melodies are great - original, disharmonious at times, jazzy, disturbing, even moving. 5/5 piece. So it's rather obvious, that I expected a fantastic album.

Unfortunately, the rest of the record is much worse. Jazz potential of the band is undeveloped, there is too much noise, not enough interesting ideas set in a fantastic mood of Australopithecus. After a few listens growl seems unnecessary, it becomes annoying - still, I like growling in most cases. I would even prefer instrumental arrangements of this material. Some, a few good ideas appear in "Any Port" and in the title track, but it's not enough to change my impression. There is also quite exceptional track which conclude the record. Reptilian Brain is a nice song, much softer and atmospheric but it didn't draw my attention as well.

I give it 3 stars. Still, I think this album deserves an attention especially for fantastic bass work and because this band may release a masterpiece someday - I sense a great potential in them. Listening and watching the video clip of Australopithecus is highly recommended!

bartosso | 3/5 |


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