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Ax Genrich — Wave Cut
(ATM 3813 AH, 1995, CD)

by Steve Robey, Published 1997-02-01

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As guitarist for the German psych / prog band Guru Guru, Ax Genrich combined crunchy power chords, woozy wah-wah effects, and groaning slide work. Fortunately for all of us, Genrich has not mellowed with age. His latest work, Wave Cut, sounds very much as if the early 70s never ended. With the exception of a loud booming drum sound, this album bears many of the trademarks of classic Guru Guru. Boasting a fierce and uninhibited power-trio format, the emphasis is on long, crazed guitar jams. The opening track, "Come Back," offers the only hint of restraint on this otherwise improvisational album. Carried by an assertive riff and double tracked vocals, it resembles Hawkwind in some ways. Genrich was only part of what made Guru Guru so enticing, however, and an entire album of his guitar freakouts can be pretty exhausting by the end. It's one of those albums that sounds amazing for the first 15 minutes, but by the end of its 50-plus minute length, you may find yourself asking, "Is he still going? Yow." It just doesn't let up. I find it hard to sit through the whole thing without adequate mental preparation (you know what I mean). Highly recommended, albeit in controlled doses.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1995 releases

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