Thursday, December 02, 2010
Sweeping The Nation Albums Of 2010: Number 45
Adebisi Shank's command of instrumental noise is some distance away from the all-encompassing beast we came to know as post-rock, but it's within arms reach of its sub-species of metal riffs around ever evolving templates. Throwing out ridiculous huge riffs in dizzy circularity, they then collide that with electronic trickery, all manner of bleeps, sequences and jackhammers somehow co-existing with the huge hooks and full throttle action. It takes a lot of skill and guile, not to mention a deep searching approach, to make that all work together while still sounding like a freakout, allying the studious precision of math rock to collapsing high wire acrobatics that still somehow find a dynamic pattern or float above the precipice. There's all sorts of other influences, from proper grooves to frantic motorik to 8-bit countermelody, but they work together in such a way as to become eventually undeniable in their malfunctioning robot rock.
International Dreambeat (live)
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