Raoul Bjorkenheim: Apocalypso
Originally commissioned for the Helsinki Juhlaviikot Festival, which called for 100 guitarists, Bjorkenheim ultimately lessened the enormity of this opus by tasking a mere 42 musicians to get the job done. Here, Bjorkenheim performs and multi-tracks all guitar, bass and drum parts for a sequence of works that seem to herald the advent of doomsday. Granted, the guitarist sports an enviable technique whether utilizing a slide to make his axe weep atop thumping rhythms or when executing fiery and often scathing single note leads. However, the overall tone of this project might insinuate dour circumstances via the artist's ominous choruses and discordant musings. On the piece titled "Circles," Bjorkenheim utilizes feedback, crunch chords, and volume control techniques amid a background of guitar loops and intermittent injections of tribal-like rhythms. Thus, he continues to impress via his implementations of rippling harmonics, textural dreamscapes and moaning choruses. Simply stated, Bjorkenheim is an adventurous soul who possesses a distinct craft, although, Apocalypso casts a rather grim outlook, largely due to the artiste's somewhat enigmatic propositions.
Track Listing: 1.Oracle 2.Sages 3.Rain 4.Surf Dance 5.Lament 6.Circles 7.Apocalypso 8.Spirits 9.Last Oracle
Personnel: Raoul Bjorkenheim: all instrumentation
Record Label: Cuneiform Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock