Massaith – 4 . My Inner Demon Speaks / Chapter One (Album – Ant-Zen)
Genre/Influences: Experimental, Abstract, Noise-Ambient, Industrial.
Background/Info: Last year Anatoly ‘Tokee’ Grinberg released the debut work of this new project. Quite curiously the debut work was entitled “4 . My Inner Demon Speaks – Chapter Two” while the second work is entitled “Chapter One”. The name of this project means ‘truck’ in Hebrew, Grinberg being from Russian-Israeli origin. The work is his ‘personal tribute to those years when he was doing his army service as a military truck driver’.
Content: This album features 7 tracks, which sound in the line of the debut work. Anatoly Grinberg takes off with a harsh Noise-Ambient opener, which also appears to be the heaviest cut from his work. Quite progressively he injected Industrial elements and rhythms to his composition. Some passages are totally Experimental-like. But the main characteristic and maybe difference with the previous album is the kind of intimate and inhibited sphere emerging from the production. The last track even sounds pretty Cinematographic-like.
+ + + : Massaith remains an ‘extreme’ sonic experience, but I like the way the underlying Noise style has been transposed into an intimate and even personal atmosphere. This album sounds less improvised than its predecessor. “Guilt” is a noticeable track illustrating this approach. “Melancholia” is another attention grabber, which sounds a bit similar. The more Industrial-driven “Distress” is also worthy of examination.
– – – : Some tracks are a little bit too extended for my taste, but I have to admit I’ve been never a huge fan of Experimental compositions mixing Noise.
Conclusion: I can’t say this album is for Noise lovers, but it definitely reveals an interesting and sensible approach to music featuring Noise elements.
Best songs: “Guilt”, “Melancholia”, “Distress”.
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