Grand Mal X – Retrospektiv 2010-2016 (Digital Album – Ant-Zen)

By Nov 27,2018

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Genre/Influences: Experimental, IDM, electro-minimalism.

Background/Info: Grand Mal X joined hands together with Ant-Zen and earlier this year released the interesting album “Darkness”. This work brings us back to tracks that were originally released on cassette format in between 2010 and 2016.

Content: This Swedish artist reveals an interesting ‘earlier’ work, which was pretty minimal and yet sophisticated. From experimental groovy passages to pure IDM to electro-minimalism which sometimes reminds me to Sleep Chamber, this work covers a wide canvas of influences. It also sounds like some cuts are into pure improvisation while others are featuring field recordings. The half spoken vocals parts are quite noticeable as well.

+ + + : This album mixes sound intelligence and pure minimalism. It sounds definitely experimental like although quite accessible because of the slow rhythms and vocals. I like the varied influences running through this work while the tracks remain pretty compact.

– – – : I noticed a few forgettable cuts and I especially refer to the more soundtrack-orientated passages of the work.

Conclusion: I think it’s a damned good idea to have selected some ‘old’ cassette tracks to put them on CD. Grand Mal X remains an interesting project you really should have to discover if you don’t know it yet.

Best songs: “Stealth Minds”, “Empire Of Spheres”, “Vortex As Inverted Pyramid”, “Tricks Of A Trade”, “Late Night Call”.

Rate: (7½).

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