Alwanzatar — Helsfyr Terminal Ekspress
(Apollon Records ARP024, 2019, CD / LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-12-26
Norwegian electronic wizard Alwanzatar is back with his third release, Helsfyr Terminal Ekspress, an album that continues to explore his unique take on tribal space rock. Predominantly slow, dark, and ponderous, Alwanzatar relies on analog synths, sequencers, and flute to weave his musical tapestries. Though some tend to fray around the edges as they tend to be too long in spots, losing my attention. The opening track, “Laserkanondiplomati,” is a hard-hitting percussive track thrumming with pulsating electronics in attack mode. While “Over lavadekkede sletter” is a gothic stark landscape with a bit of a dark and sinister Nik Turner. The rest of the album is more of the same and the ten minute “Så trist som du gjør meg nå” just noodles on too long. If you enjoy submersing yourself in abstract space jamming that does not demand your attention, Helsfyr Terminal Ekspress might be just what you need.
Related artist(s): Alwanzatar (Kristoffer Momrak)
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