6

EGG3: The Butcher Diarias

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
The marriage of jazz—in all its incarnations—and metal may sound at first as a sacrilegious act but not for a creative musician in the vibrant Norwegian music scene. Norwegian metal bands defined the black metal sub-genre in the eighties and nineties. Moreover, the young generation of Norwegian jazz-trained musicians ignore the American strictly codified version of jazz and have interpreted this music as an open, inclusive one. So why bother with theoretical arguments about clearly defined musical genres and not simply enjoy the music.

The Stavanger-based trio EGG3 does not bother itself with such tiresome discussions. And It is not even the first Norwegian band to embrace elements of metal. The modern jazz Shining already have morphed into a metal band, that calls its music black jazz, with great success. And from the other side, members of the prog-metal Enslaved teamed with avant-garde improvisers Maja S.K. Ratkje and Hild Sofie Tafjord to form the Trinacria band.

EGG3 musicians—guitarist Vidar Schanche, drummer Ståle Birkeland, and baritone saxophonist Inge Weatherhead Breistein play a central part in Stavanger's improvisation scene and play in outfits as Kitchen Orchestra, Pocket Corner, and Gunhild Seim's Story Water. The Butcher Diaries is the second album of the trio after Butcher Red (CCAP, 2009), recorded after an intense tour in Poland.

The music of EGG3 is a reverential mix of references, sounds, and demented ideas thrown into a boiling sonic palette. All contribute to the impossible to classify the end result. Obviously there's the typical blasting drumming, the nasty distorted guitar, and the dark ritualistic structure of metal suites. But Breistein's uncompromising sax attack borrows from the European version of the fiery free jazz, owing much to sax titans as Peter Brötzmann and Mats Gustafsson, and Schanche pays his respects to King Crimson's guitarist Adrian Belew. The trio's sonic spectrum, as expected, is more varied of metal or high-octane free jazz outfits, and its unholy mixture of influences embraces elements of prog-rock, the eccentric humor of Frank Zappa bands or joyful, punkish outbursts à la Motörhead.

The adrenalin-soaked energy of EGG3, with its tight interplay, produces a highly effective music. "The people under the stairs," one of the best realized pieces, moves cleverly between a metal anthem with a mean, infectious guitar riff and and a claustrophobic atmosphere powered by Breistein's sax and inventive usage of noisy samples. The massive hammering on the drums of Birkeland on "Vengeance" and the constant shift of the pulse feature the trio as a highly orchestrated and unstoppable unit.

Regardless of genres purity and stylistic refinement, EGG3's music offers tons of fun.

Track Listing: Ladi De GaGa; Darkest of them all; Red, bring the head; Now panic; The people under the stairs; Vengeance; Ikkje tull Knutsen.

Personnel: Vidar K. Schanche: guitar; Ståle Birkeland: drums, electronics; Inge Breistein: baritone saxophone, synthesizer, samples.

Title: The Butcher Diarias | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Bekk Records


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read ON Tour CD/LP/Track Review ON Tour
by John Kelman
Published: October 22, 2017
Read On a Distant Shore CD/LP/Track Review On a Distant Shore
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets CD/LP/Track Review Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Signal 9 CD/LP/Track Review Signal 9
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 22, 2017
Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read "The Deep" CD/LP/Track Review The Deep
by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Published: July 4, 2017
Read "Sonic Cinema" CD/LP/Track Review Sonic Cinema
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 1, 2017
Read "Story Tellers" CD/LP/Track Review Story Tellers
by Duncan Heining
Published: August 26, 2017
Read "Threes" CD/LP/Track Review Threes
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: July 12, 2017
Read "Windmills" CD/LP/Track Review Windmills
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 24, 2017
Read "The Complete Syllables Music" CD/LP/Track Review The Complete Syllables Music
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 4, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.