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Ahleuchatistas is an American band from Asheville (NC). Forming in February 2003, the band is still quite young, but holding the steady line-up of Shane Perlowin (guitar), Sean Dail (drums), Derek Poteat (bass) have release three albums. While opting towards the simplistic formula of guitar, bass, drums line-up, their influences draw from vast spectrum's of music. Choosing to avoid sonic enhancements in their music, the band radiates a raw and streamline sound. With the palette clean from enhancements, the bands inventiveness sets out in full stride. Leaving a free vehicle in which the band experiments with numerous techniques to mimic the absurd and zany noises which infiltrating their albums.

Their second album 'The Same and the Other' is seen as there most complete work to date (with 'What You Will' not far behind). While not expressing their political opinions in a vocal fashion, the urgency in the compositions conveys their ideals perfectly. This impression again is reiterated with song titles like "RPG1", "Lament for Bhopal" and Remember Rumsfeld at Abu Ghraib"

"We think it's very important to reflect our historical context in our art," says Ahleuchatistas guitarist Shane Perlowin. "It would be easy to take a completely abstract and aesthetic approach to our work as it's devoid of lyrical content, but we feel more honest when we're contributing to a consciousness-raising or agitating of sorts."

The bands compositions circle around tight-nit aggressive punk-like passages to stretched out improvisational/Jazzy jamming; always entailing the signature rhythmic drumming of Math/noise rock. For those who love living their lives of the edge of dissonance, embrace Ahleuchatistas with open arms. All three albums stand as competent additions to anyone's Math Rock collection.

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3.84 | 10 ratings
On The Culture Industry
2003
3.35 | 13 ratings
The Same and the Other
2004
3.54 | 13 ratings
What You Will
2006
3.60 | 5 ratings
Even In The Midst...
2007
3.57 | 7 ratings
Of the Body Prone
2009
2.33 | 6 ratings
Location Location
2011
3.91 | 4 ratings
Heads Full of Poison
2012

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 Heads Full of Poison by AHLEUCHATISTAS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.91 | 4 ratings

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Heads Full of Poison
Ahleuchatistas RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Ahleuchatistas (AH LOO CHA TEES TAS) is now Shane Perlowin (guitar/ bass) and drummer Ryan Oslance ? originally a trio, this is the seventh album from the band that was founded in 2002. For the curious the name comes from two words, "Ah-leu-cha" (a Charlie Parker song) and "Zapatistas" (a revolutionary movement which started in Mexico in 1994). To say that the music is as unusual as the name, is something of an understatement. The music was recorded live, with just a few overdubs from Shane where he was providing more than one instrument at a time, and the result is something that is quite inspired albeit not exactly easy listening.

This is an instrumental odyssey into the unknown, and for many this will be a journey that they will not wish to embark upon, but if you have a need to expand your musical boundaries then this may be just the thing. Free jazz is just a starting point, and with obvious nods to Art Zoyd and Can they have brought together textures from all over the world. Ryan must be worn out at the end of each gig as his percussion rate is phenomenal, while Shane moves easily from fuzzed out droning guitars to single string attacks on an acoustic where I am amazed the he doesn't break strings with regularity given the ferocity and tempo. If he was playing chords instead of single notes and turned it up then this would give most thrash bands a run for their money. There is also a lot of Eastern influences at times, with some songs sounding almost Japanese in style.

Each song is very different, but to enjoy this leave your preconceptions of what music should sound like at the door and settle down to something that will challenge your ears. There won't be many who will relish playing this to be honest, but those who do will be richly rewarded. This is the first time I have heard the band and I have read that in the early days they sounded a bit more like Beefheart ? some further investigation is in order methinks. www.cuneiformrecords.com

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 Location Location by AHLEUCHATISTAS album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.33 | 6 ratings

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars Where has this once mighty band gone ?

This band had something good going on and established themselves as an exciting band on their previous albums. Love them or loathe them, but they were never boring. They created truly progressive rock with weird time signatures and melodies. Music that gave our brains a good work out. Challenging music.

Not any longer.

Ahleuchatistas has reverted back into a room full of dull electro stuff with some of their old time signatures included too. There are a lot of droning here too. This is not the Ahleuchatistas that challenged me on so many levels. Location Location is just a shadow of what Ahleuchatistas once was.

There are some good stuff here. Mostly when Ahleuchatistas visit their old haunts. A territory mainly ditched on this album. But this album is still a massive disappointment. I will revert back to playing their old albums and forget this one.

2 stars

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 On The Culture Industry by AHLEUCHATISTAS album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.84 | 10 ratings

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

4 stars The debut album from these disharmonic noise mongers.

Disharmonic is something that came later. On this album, they were still pretty harmonic and melody orientated. Yes, this band has also done pretty conventional melodies too. They abandoned this concept on their follow up albums though.

The basis of this album is jazz. Or more like guitar picking based jazz. Django Reinhardt type of jazz springs to mind on large parts of this album. But there is also a lot of post rock on this album. A genre I feel this band belongs in because they are not RIO/Avant Garde in the traditional sense of this term. Maybe this band is a post-progressive rock band.

This being their debut album and by far their most commercial accessible album, it is a very good album. It does not have this dense misantrophic disdain for melodies their other albums got. It also has some good melody lines, but is still pretty avant-garde. Or post-progressive if you want. I have given this album a frightening amount of time lately and I really likes what I hear.

A toss up between 3 and 4, but I ends up on four stars.

4 stars

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 Location Location by AHLEUCHATISTAS album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.33 | 6 ratings

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Review by Syzygy
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Following Of The Body Prone, Ahleuchatistas underwent another change in personnel when long serving bassist Derek Poteat handed in his notice and Shane Perlowin elected to continue the band as a duo with relative newcomer Ryan Oslance on drums. Location Location is the first of two promised albums from this new configuration, and was recorded piecemeal over roughly two years.

Of The Body Prone saw two significant changes in Ahleuchatistas' sound; Shane Perlowin had cautiously started using effects pedals, and the music became rather more improvisational and open ended. These changes have come to full fruition on Location Location, and while there is still plenty to engage the listener it's a long way from the tightly composed and focussed music that came before it. It's essentially a series of ten sound collages on which it isn't always obvious whether a particular sound emanated from the guitar or the drums. In the absence of a bassist Shane Perlowin uses effects, in particular looping, to fill the gap, the results having audible elements of both Frippertronics and Fred Frith. All of which is fine and dandy, and it's good to see the band evolving and progressing, but the album would have been much stronger if at least a couple of tracks had been effects free guitar/drum pieces in the style of earlier work - Shane Perlowin is a remarkable guitarist but his excellent lead playing often either absent or buried between layers of sound. Similarly Ryan Oslance is capable of making Perlowin's compositions swing and the duo are capable of some breathtaking interplay - let's hope that we get to hear them doing what they do best on their next album.

If you enjoyed Of The Body Prone then Location Location is worth getting and persevering with. If you're a newcomer to Ahleuchatistas, start with one of the earlier albums. This is a perfectly decent contemporary avant rock album, but not a great addition to Ahleuchatistas' otherwise highly impressive discography.

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 Of the Body Prone by AHLEUCHATISTAS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.57 | 7 ratings

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Ahleuchatistas RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars I think it is fair to say that Ahleuchatistas is not a band for the masses. Neither is it a band for most people who use ProgArchives.

The absence of any melodies and any obvious structures is the reasons for their lack of mass appeal. That again is the appeal of this band to me. It is nice to just be bombarded with weird times structures and random melody lines. This band is a very playful band and a truly avant-garde band.

Of The Body Prone is their next to most recent album. It has no obvious melodies, songs or any structures. It is also wholly instrumental, based on bass, drums and guitars. The first two tracks sets out their message though. Some intricate quirky signatures delivered with gusto. I find myself really enjoying this. The rest of the album is not of the same standard though. But I still really likes this album. It feels like a breath of fresh air in my world where I am focused on melody and time structures. Ahleuchatistas has a punk attitude to that and has discarded these notions. Besides of that; this album is an overall good album too. It is good to be confronted by albums like this and I regard Ahleuchatistas as an important band in our scene.

This is a good album and one more people should be confronted with. This is progressive rock in it's true sense.

3 stars

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 Location Location by AHLEUCHATISTAS album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.33 | 6 ratings

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Review by seb2112

1 stars At first the idea of a new Ahleuchatistas album made me overflow with anticipation. The cover art and the title were different than what this amazing, crazy, noisy yet enjoyable don caballero on crack band had previously released, but I thought nothing of it. Turns out it was a dark omen of a change I would not appreciate. As I played the first song, I thought to myself "Oh well a crappy intro consisting of nothing but noise... I'm sure the rest of the album will be amazing" but I was wrong. Gone is the insane musicianship, gone are the quirky time and style changes, gone are the tension and release of alternating noisy and catchy part. This album is pure noise. And I'm not talking semi-intersting "a bunch of musicians improvising" noise, this is just noise. The production is crap, everything is overly distorted, it doesnt even sound like this is a band. This is more noisy electronics that might have been created at the very basis by actual instruments than anything remotely resembling rio/avant-prog. A complete let down, all in all the album has about 5 minutes of actual music spread across the various tracks of noise, and even when it does resemble music it doesnt resemble ahleuchatistas, its just repetitive crap. seems like the band wanted to be weird rather than being enjoyable. I can't imagine anyone actually getting into this album, and this is coming from a huge fan of their previous albums. I'd give this 0 stars if I could

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 Of the Body Prone by AHLEUCHATISTAS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.57 | 7 ratings

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Review by Syzygy
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars 3.5 stars really.

Ahleuchatistas underwent an abrupt change when drummer Sean Dail suddently quit just prior to a tour in 2008. The band put out an urgent request for a replacement and Ryan Oslance became their drummer, having only 4 days to rehearse the fearsomely complex music before a 3 week tour. Whether as a direct result of this altered line up or as a natural development, the first album by the reconfigured trio saw some significant changes.

The most immediate and obvious alteration is apparent on the first piece, 2/3 Consensus on the Un-Finite Possibilities. After 4 albums of extremely tight, mostly through composed pieces that rarely broke the 4 minute barrier, starting their 5th full length release with almost 9 minutes of dark, brooding semi improvisation is a clear signal that things have changed. The album ends on a similar note, with Map's Tattered Edges. On both pieces there is a concentration on creating an atmosphere before the trio lock together into impossibly tight formations and explore mathematical possibilities that would otherwise only occur to chess grand masters. In between there are eight pieces that explore more familiar territory, with the rapid fire stop/start/quick change dynamics that have become the trio's calling card. New boy Ryan Oslance actually swings, though, making the 'punk jazz' tag more apposite, and the sound has also been augmented by the use of a few effects on guitar and bass - there's even a brief sample tucked away in there. While they haven't exactly lightened up, there is a feeling that they now occasionally smile at each other between bouts of the intense concentration required to play music like this.

Ahleuchatistas didn't radically redefine themselves on this outing, so if you're already familiar with their work you'll definitely enjoy it, but they loosened up and expanded their sound without compromising their integrity. Recommended to fans of Captain Beefheart, King Crimson circa Thrakkattak, Ruins and avant prog power trios like Massacre.

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 The Same and the Other by AHLEUCHATISTAS album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.35 | 13 ratings

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The Same and the Other
Ahleuchatistas RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Delrossy

4 stars Having heard all of the ahleuchatistas efforts, I have chosen to elaborate on this particular cd as I do feel it stands out as the best representation for what Ahleuchatistas is all about.

I tend to enjoy the excursion, quick progression, sudden change elements that Ahleuchatistas predominantly works with so I am somewhat biased whilst stating my opinion, but this is a tremendous album and displays great talent from each of its three members. I am not in the least bit surprised to see this cd was released on the tzadik label as john zorn is quite eclectic in scooping up unheard of gems into his extensive repetoire. Onto the music!

At just under thirty minutes this album makes a statement, and does so in a very efficient manner. The music is very dissonant most of the time and can request a lot from the listener, but there is certainly its fair share of payoffs as well. In almost every track, the music will take an unexpected, yet interesting turn (in my opinion always for the better) which can keep the listener on their toes throughout the duration. This album just does not mess around, and is very exciting to listen to.

Each musician displays immense technical prowess, but does so in a way that compliments each other and has enough melody to make it seem like true art instead of someone grinding out scales to showboat. You can feel the emotions of the musicians permeating through the music and that, I believe, is a very powerful often times misunderstood feat.

This album never gets old for me, and I almost always listen to it all the way through because as I stated earlier it does such an amazing job of conveying the emotions through the music that just as soon as you feel like the album couldn't possibly sustain this amount of energy any longer, the album concludes and you walk away feeling fulfilled as a listener.

This music is not for beginners, and can be quite challenging at first. Fierce, aggressive, tight knit, energetic, emotional, dark with splashes of light. All of these words can be used to describe this effort from an extremely underrated outfit.

4.5 stars rounded up

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 The Same and the Other by AHLEUCHATISTAS album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.35 | 13 ratings

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars Greetings from the dissonant generation.

I feel this is the essence of this album, really. Ahleuchatistas went out to express their views on the Iraq war with this album. The music here make it pretty clear they were disgusted with this war and this album is pretty much in the anti-war genre, like the ones Bob Dylan & Co made during the Vietnam war. Same thing, different generations.

Were Bob Dylan was melodic, Ahleuchatistas express their views in instrumental, punk inspired dissonant pieces of music. The guitars are dissonant, the bass rumbles on beneath them and the drummer are hyper active all over the drum set. The attitude is more free jazz and punk than progressive rock or any coherent melody based forms of music. Ahleuchatistas presents their ideas (called "songs" here) and trash around with them for a while before moving on. There is no coherent melodies here and not breathing space. Just ideas thrown around. This demands a lot from the listener. A lot.

Although I like it's attitude, this album is sorely lacking in quality. Some ideas are good here, but most ideas are not that good. Hence, I cannot claim this album is a good album. But the band is surely onto something with their music and they deserve a lot of credit. But not for this album.

2 stars

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 What You Will by AHLEUCHATISTAS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.54 | 13 ratings

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Review by Neil C

2 stars It all seems so unnecessarily aggressive - devoid of melody - devoid of atmosphere or warmth of any kind - devoid of any rhythmic feel that you can latch onto - choppy in the extreme - non-fluid - sterile - every single individual track is completely forgettable. Short stabs of agitated chamber rock-art-punk, inevitably lacking variety across the course of the album and thus demonstrating an unfortunate lack of range and musicality. The 'music' isn't even (in terms of timbre) muscular enough to really kick a punch, sounding as it does rather thin overall. It is like the musical equivalent of an insect sting - irritating rather than lacerating. I enjoy the music that other reviewers feel this music could be referencing - Beefheart, Discipline-era Crimson - but this music differs in that it is completely non-engaging to me in every musical sense imaginable.

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