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3.82 | 46 ratings

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3 stars After two fascinating albums of modern Crimson Zeuhl-rock, Nebelnest explored their avant-garde side more thoroughly on Zepto. It's something that leads to mixed results, as the experimentation doesn't seem to represent their strongest side.

The album starts very similar to the debut. The first three track offer sinister droning rock music that matches Magma in Kobaian atmospheres and King Crimson in its ability to be heavy without needing heavily distorted guitars. None of the tracks equals the level of Nova Express though.

Then things get out of hand on The Thing In The Walls and the urge to experiment seems to carry them away from what they do best: playing upbeat dark rock. Also Fabric of Reality doesn't fabricate much listenable music. Of course, everybody's standard for listenable are different, but I doubt whether these two pieces will reveal much to seasoned avant-garde listeners.

With De Triumpho Naturae the album returns to Nebelnest prime business. It's one of the harder rocking tracks here but again it can't bring the captivating atmospheres from the previous albums back. After the challenging Do What Thou Wilt the album ends with the droning noise of Station 9.

I admire Nebelnest's willingness to move forward and explore new areas, but so far I have the impression they overstretched their abilities somehow. I wouldn't recommend it really, unless you own the preceding albums and everything by Guapo already.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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