Seven That Spells — The Death and Resurrection of Krautrock: AUM
(Beta-lactam Ring mt264, 2011, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2013-04-01Hailing from Croatia, Seven That Spells redefines krautrock by extending its simple riffs and motorik drumming into dark stoner and doom-laden corridors. Make no mistake; this is loud and aggressive music that could be considered a kinder and gentler take on Acid Mothers Temple. The disc title tells it all. Seven That Spells has taken krautrock and through the wonders of vivisection, has drawn and quartered its body, and reassembled its parts into a new and terrifying beast. The music both growls and purrs with a new voice as it lurches along a repurposed Kraftwerkian autobahn. This is music for the adventurous listener and may have to be experienced in small doses until your antibodies build up sufficiently to withstand the assault on your body's aural defenses. I am not sure I like where this juggernaut is headed, but it may appeal to you. The Death and Resurrection of Krautrock is definitely worth investigating.
Related artist(s): Seven That Spells
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
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
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more