7

TOTEM>: Voices of Grain

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
TOTEM>: Voices of Grain The trio returns with a vengeance on its second album, where they delve into a boundary-less avant-garde foray, proffering an extension of sorts, to Solar Forge (ESP, 2008). And the musicians hop right into the thick of things on the opener "Genosong," where electric guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil saws, slices, and seemingly hacks his way through a dense forest atop the powerful and popping asymmetrical pulse set forth by the rhythm section. But they switch gears on the otherworldly and somewhat foreboding "Written In The Body," as the trio's macabre-like colorations are loosely patterned amid bassist Tom Blancarte's steely bowed bass phrasings and Eisenbeil's unorthodox vernacular that at times, instills notions that Judgment Day is right around the corner.

The band harvests a rough and tumble gait with swirling cadenzas and climactic buildups, coupled with a host of fractured mini-motifs. The guitarist's crunchy harmonics and skittish theme- building exercises spawn a cavalcade of fleeting vistas, compounded by nerve rattling riffs atop drummer Andrew Drury's sweeping frameworks. Then on "Message Without A Code," Blancarte and Eisenbeil generate a guileful sequence of events via bizarre sound- sculpting passages and transient schemas.

The artists' acoustic-electric implementations are somewhat raw by design; however, the crystal clear audio soundstage is treated with a touch of echo, which is a component that neutralizes their jagged progressions. This is a factor that adds a bit of weight to the trio's presence. Otherwise, Blancarte's pumping notes on "Post-Repeating" and Drury's shifting paradigms duly support Eisenbeil's ferocious attack, where he seemingly reduces titanium to microscopic particles with his concisely stated sheets of sound approach. But they subsequently transport the irregular groove into a punchy rock pulse, leading to a torrid feeding frenzy towards the finale. Nonetheless, the largely energized program equates to a shot of adrenaline, as the musicians correlate an extreme sense of artistic adventurism into a hugely entertaining itinerary.


Track Listing: Genosong; Written in the Body; Counter Memory; Towards Jouissance; Message Without a Code; Post-Repeating; Silence On Its Road.

Personnel: Tom Blancarte: upright bass; Andrew Drury: drums; Bruce Eisenbeil: guitar.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: New Atlantis Records


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Omío" CD/LP/Track Review Omío
by James Nadal
Published: August 31, 2016
Read "Christmastime in New Orleans" CD/LP/Track Review Christmastime in New Orleans
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 11, 2016
Read "I Have Known Mountains" CD/LP/Track Review I Have Known Mountains
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 25, 2016
Read "Les Rhincéros III" CD/LP/Track Review Les Rhincéros III
by Tyran Grillo
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "Porcupine Meat" CD/LP/Track Review Porcupine Meat
by James Nadal
Published: September 29, 2016
Read "Sélébéyone" CD/LP/Track Review Sélébéyone
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 6, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!