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WHOURKR is a French/ Danish duo consisting of I Snor ( Gautier Serre) and Igorrr. The band play a mix of primitive death metal and electronica processed through a digital chopper creating a very unique experimental/ avant garde sound. The vocals are extreme and works as an instrument in the music. There are no lyrics. Only sounds created by voices.

WHOURKR was formed in 2005 and their debut album "Našt" was independently released in 2007 and saw an official release in 2009 by Suprachaotic/Dan's Crypt. In addition to I Snor ( Machines, Vocals, Mastering) and Igorrr ( Machines, Guitars, Drums & Mix) the album features ÷xxŲ XŲŲx on vocals. WHOURKRīs second studio album "Concrete" was independently released in October 2008 but saw an official release in October 2009 by Crucial Blast Records in the US/ Canada and Trendkill Recordings in Europe.


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2.48 | 7 ratings
Našt
2007
3.87 | 6 ratings
Concrete
2008
4.00 | 2 ratings
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2012

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 Concrete by WHOURKR album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.87 | 6 ratings

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Concrete
Whourkr Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

5 stars Less is more.

Less grindcore to be exact. Whourkr's sophomore effort Concrete sees that band losing many of the grindcore elements, such as the grindcore styled vocals, and less of a grindcore stye of riffing and blastbeating. The by I Snorr remind of some of Mike Patton's more extreme vocal duties, such as in Fantomas. There also is much more electronic tweakings to the music, than in Naat.

Compositionally, Whourkr has much improved over Naat, with much more engaging songs, and the Avante-garde-ness is betr implented into the songs, instead of being tacked on at the end, like on Naat, mainly the glitched orchestral playing. There is also much more diverse experi8mentation than on Naat, such as the opening to Santo, which has an operatic voice booming out the track name.

Concrete is an essential album to Avant-Metal, or anyone with a taste for the strange. Perfect album, from start to finish

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 Našt by WHOURKR album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.48 | 7 ratings

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Whourkr Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Sheavy
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3 stars Glitches in the system.

Whourkr is a duo consisting of two guys who call themselves I Snorr and Igorrr,which fit the duo's extremely dissonant blend of Grindcore and electric manipulation well.

Našt is extremely short, clocking in at about 24 minutes long, which is really the right length for this sort of insane gridcore. It opens up with the song Kommiu, which starts with a scream lasting for 40 seconds, with blastbeating, and it only gets crazy-er from there on. Most of the songs feature the formula of Grindcore with lots of electronic manipulation, yet there is plenty of other tidbits thrown on here and there, like at the end of Nrrit and Yum Nho Naat where there is orchestral music being played, except that, in true Whourkr fashion, it gets the glitch/cut up treatment that all the songs do, or the extremely distorted and intense ending song Hackta, which is more akin to noise music than anything else. The only true blunder here is the needless song W, which is a pointless ten seconds of what sounds like a computer using a dial-up connection.

But, with the exception of W, this is a good effort by Whourkr and will probably appeal to fans of the extreme.

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3.87 | 6 ratings

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Whourkr Experimental/Post Metal

Review by OT Ršihšlš

3 stars I thought I would never listen to this kind of music, but being too curious, I had to check this out, since I read a heavy pummeling of Whourkr's other album. The band consists of two musicians, and the style is called Tech/Extreme Prog Metal. I'm not familiar with that genre, but trust that the classification is right. The 14 tracks on Concrete are shortish, but intertwine quite easily, and form a whole of 38 minutes.

It's easy to understand why people don't like this kind of music, because it lacks all the rhythmic and harmonic cohesion of rock music and humdrum prog. It's too demanding and very aggressive, but when I got over the first three or four minutes, I tracked some sense in this concept. Personally I see this music related to contemporary art electronic music, although Whourkr uses traditional rock instruments to create their sounds, whereas art music composers tend to fetch their sounds from elsewhere, especially in musique concrŤte. I wonder if the title of this album is an homage to that music style?

The music on this album is mostly very brutal noise, but there are other kinds of music as well, like the suddenly appearing soft piano and vocal passages. I even heard a trifle of Shostakovich. I must admit I'm very intrigued, because I could easily listen to this music as a part of a contemporary music concert in a concert hall, but it's a bit too much to like this as popular music from a CD.

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Našt
Whourkr Experimental/Post Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

1 stars Tam tam tam tam, here comes Whourkr.

Whourkr is supposed to be a very original band who produces very original music. Well, I got a box full of CDs with "original" bands like this. The genre is called grindcore, btw. That's what's I have written on the outside of this box. It is a heavy box, full of promo CDs and CDs. Even tens of vinyl singles too. Heavy stuff, weight wise.

Whourkr has an original band name. That's it. But their music is cybergore, nee grindcore. Bands like Berzerker is perhaps the leader in this genre. I do not know. Cephalic Carnage is another band and they are listed here in PA. Napalm Death is also a band who does this far better than this Whourkr band.

What Whourkr is doing is nothing special. They are a bit cyber and uses some samples. The drums is not particular well programmed either. A bit more finesse would had been good. Neither are they fast. This is grindcore and not even good grindcore. In short; I am not impressed. This album will join the other albums in that naughty box, stored away in a dark dungeon.

This album is not even recommended to those who wonder what their worst enemies deserves.

1 star

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Whourkr Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Concrete' - Whourkr (5/10)

Whourkr's first album 'Naat' was something of a shock for me. Even though I found the music profoundly unpleasant to listen to, it did introduce my to a strange style that I had not heard much of in the past; cybergrind. Essentially a fusion of grindcore and glitchy electronics, one would be hard pressed to find a band in metal that sounds more like someone's great uncle setting up an old internet modem. All the same, the way that Whourkr chopped up the otherwise generic deathgrind with programming was interesting, and I wanted to hear what Whourkr could develop into. 'Concrete' is still a jarring cyber mess at points, but Whourkr did take a move here that I wasn't expecting from them, incorporating actual melodies and real instruments into their sound. On their second time around, Whourkr has created a much more diverse collection of songs here, although they still tend to fall into the realm of kitschy cybergrind that I first heard them as.

Whourkr's trademark sound of digital chopping and guttural 'br00tal' death metal is here, and much of it sounds like a continuation of what they were doing on the debut, 'Naat'. Dirty death metal riffs are played, backed by a drum machine, and electronic tweaks made to make everything sound artificial. I can really appreciate that Whourkr takes electronic music into metal and uses it for much more than a gimmick, but it is one of those things that I could respect much more if it was still on the drawing board. While actually listening, I do not find the sound enjoyable at all, and especially when they go into these breakdowns that rely on the digital elements attempting to make things sound as jarring as possible, its tough to listen to, even if there isn't too much actual depth in the sound.

What makes the cybergrind elements here much less tired is the addition of many new sounds that I would never have guessed Whourkr would add into their sound. 'Santo' is a Spanish-tinged acoustic yodel, for example, and hearing such a polar contrast like that from what I am used to Whourkr doing was just as shocking as when I first heard this band's music. Other highlights include some great use of piano, and its played very well. All the same, these aspects ironically feel like gimmicks of their own; things that don't necessarily belong in the music, but that Whourkr threw in there, perhaps as a self-conscious realization that their sound was a little too one-sided. In any case, it is a nice addition, but I'm sure Whourkr could have found additions to their sound that better complimented what they already had.

'Concrete' is a huge improvement over 'Naat' in terms of musicality, althugh they do seem to have lost a bit of that identity that made them so shocking to me in the first place. It will be very interesting to hear what Whourkr does in the future, because even though I haven't enjoyed their music, it is clear to me that they are not afraid to constantly try new things.

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Whourkr Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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1 stars 'Našt' - Whourkr (2/10)

Despite being a relatively short, twenty five minute mini-album, I must say that it's incredibly difficult for me to place a 'rating' on this album. Certainly, I have quite a few things to say about this music (it would be difficult not to have something to say about it), but in terms of actually laying the final judgement down, I'm put in an awkward position. Although the music of French/Danish collaboration Whourkr is practically unlistenable and admittedly not- at least by the conventional standard- in 'good taste', I find myself really intrigued by what the band is doing here. With that in mind, don't take the rating I've given here too seriously; it is indicative of my perception of the music's quality, but as with most things, it really isn't that simple.

Whourkr plays a little style of music that many like to call 'cybergrind'- that is-, the fusion of electronic music and grindcore. Merging two potentially extreme styles of music together, Whourkr gives a musical trip like none other I have really heard. The base of Whourkr's music is beyond-generic brutal death metal, with downtuned guitar riffs and gutturals so deep that they could be misinterpreted as a clogged vacuum. Of course, a band like that could go for a nickel for twenty, so given my rather shocked reaction to this music, there is obviously something else that Whourkr have done to spice up this sound. In this case, they have used computer programming to chop up the guitars virtually beyond recognition; the guitars are quick to cut out artificially, and sometimes they are teched out to sound more like a loading internet modem, than anything typically musical.

For twenty five minutes, Whourkr overloads the listener with inhumanly fast drum machines, noisy electronics, and deep death metal riffs. The concept is very interesting on paper, but actually listening to 'Našt', it comes across as painful to listen to, despite being intriguing on an intellectual level. Some of Whourkr's work here even sounds like a generic death metal album having been scratched, caught in some dismal loop. Although there's a (surprising) symphonic interlude thrown into the middle of this mess, 'Našt' is more of less a one trick show, it gets old quickly, and by the end of this short record, my ears are in violent shock, and asking that I pour wax into them, to hopefully dull the ringing caused by the uncomfortable dynamics in this album.

Whourkr is interesting, and they do have an exciting sound, but it is one-dimensional, and painfully so. It's granted that this cybergrind is not for me, but it does not stop me from appreciating the experiment. All the same, I could recommend this album more if it had just been left as a concept on paper.

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2.48 | 7 ratings

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Našt
Whourkr Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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.

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