Exposé Online banner

Bogdanov Kill Kill — Bogdanovium
((Not on label) no#, 2014, DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2014-11-20

Bogdanovium Cover artI don't know much about this band — their Soundcloud page has them based in Paris, and from Facebook I learn they call Maurepas home, which is apparently in the Parisian suburbs. No listings for band members, instrumentation, or anything, so we'll just have to listen and learn. This is heavy stuff, with more than a little nod to Tool, and there's some similarity to things like Blixt as well. The bass playing is especially prominent, overdriven and very active; guitars are also heavy, but not resorting to any metal cliches or even typical flashy acrobatics; drums are aggressive but happily free of typical double-bass-drum pummeling; keyboards are used on occasion, though generally not in a leading role. Bogdanovium gives us three tracks, starting with the shortest (only seven minutes), "David Lynch Code." If you expect a title like that to sound atmospheric and anything like Angelo Badalamenti, you're way off. This is drop-tuned, dissonant, crashing thrash with the heaviest fuzz bass this side of Hugh Hopper. Some nice keyboard touches as well, really filling out the sound. Then we get "In Bed with Michael Jackson," 21 minutes of varying sections, one of which includes an outstanding atonal solo (probably guitar, but it's kind of hard to tell for sure). Once again, the sound of the music contrasts sharply with the title: far from being poppish or even funky, this is a sprawling opus of imaginative sludge-rock, maybe like Boris interpreting an outtake from Meddle. The set finishes off with "Stanley Lubrick" — again with a movie-director reference, again having no apparent sonic ties to the auteur in question. Just shy of 18 minutes, it is, ironically, the most atmospheric of the pieces, starting with electronics and arpeggiated guitar chords. Five minutes in, the intensity ramps up to BKK's usual level, and over the course of the piece, the band keeps things moving by changing the riffs, trading melodic material between instruments, and knowing when is the right time to move on. This is one of those releases that comes out of nowhere and really impresses — with a debut this impressive, I hope they can keep going and record more great music like this.

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Bogdanov Kill Kill

More info
http://bogdanovkillkill.bandcamp.com

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Hanggai - He Who Travels Far – Since their 2008 debut CD, this band from Inner Mongolia (currently resident in Beijing) has become a world music festival favorite, playing WOMAD, among others. That release blended the earthy sounds...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues