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4 stars I love it when a band arrives on the scene with a statement this strong. Kind of Saltz, the debut album by SOT (Salt of Tusj), demonstrates a band in fine control of their instruments, a variety of styles, AND a sense of caring for the listener as opposed to just showing off. The lineup is guitars, drums and tuba - definitely a unique sort of power trio, but one that works quite well!

Opening track "Schlatan" makes an important statement: Turn the volume up and listen. This is complex, dense music that borrows heavily from the background of the band: metal, jazz, and pop - but especially from the metal and jazz aspects. But this is in no way jazz-metal, despite the heaviness and jazzy music; the start-stop and jarring tempo/mood changes seat these guys comfortably in the avant-prog realm that they have landed in.

At their most engaging, SOT are frantic and heavy, but that is not the only ingredient to their sound. Their compositions show a great understanding of various moods and how to contrast them effectively; the quieter part in the middle of Saltpetersyre, with its lovely horn lead and contemplative guitar accompaniment is a perfect example of how this band can create more soulful moments; and the juxtaposition between that and the frenetic parts it is sandwiched between only emphasize it's value.

(In general), I have found with this album that the guitar tends to lead in the higher energy parts and the tuba plays in the more soulful parts. This is a great formula that really demonstrates the strengths both of the players and the different textures they are able to create. All of this is underpinned by the excellent drumming of Anders Hunstad, who manages to make all the crazy time shifts (both temp and signature) followable.

The only thing I'm not quite sure about is what is with all the salt; I am sure there is some history or story there. Either way, it shows up in the bands name, the albums name, and in several track names.

TheGazzardian | 4/5 |


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