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8.1/10 Avi
 

MIRTHKON - Snack(s) - CD - Altrock - 2013

We had to take some time to recover from the disappointing live performance of miRthkon at the 2013 Rock In Opposition Festival (see our live review in issue #75). A long time.

The good news is that it was worth it! The band's sophomore release sounds more focused (compared to the 2009 Vehicle, reviewed in issue #67), and, surprisingly, as a result of this it remains engaging, listening after listening. Sometimes tuning down the pretentiousness pays off.

The Frank Zappa influences are still here, but there's lesser reliance on the vocals (still whimsical, even more so) for the humorous twists - instead the music speaks for itself with its liveliness and its entangled, creative arrangements.

Furthermore, this time around the music seems to be less about avant rock and its clean esthetics (even though there are some clean and beautiful passages embedded - mostly those led by clarinets, bassoon and other wind instruments) and more about theatric metal. In addition to a vivid, hard hitting rhythm section of bass and drums, the brass instruments sound quite metallic; and when they are used in harmony with the distortion-loaded guitars they make for an edgy delivery that corresponds with Primus ("The Cascades") as well as with Mike Patton / Faith No More (on "Snack[s] - the song!"), albeit it has stricter, metal-derived chops.

Actually, the cover of the Black Sabbath classic "Fairies Wear Boots" says it all!: it is probably the most deranged reading of that song, with metallic horn blows dictating the rhythm but also causing its suspense and fragmentation in what can be described as the sense of a trippy hallucination. At one point there's a brutal drum assault, at another saxes stroll with a pseudo-jazzy vibe, and quite often there's a collective ruckus that manages to be as colorful as it is loud.

If you like your me(t)al playful - make sure you get your Snack(s)! (8.1/10)

 

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ISSUE 77
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-C)  (D-G)  (G-J)  (K-M)  (M-O)  (O-R)  (S-T)  (T-Z)

MIRTHKON
Snack(s)

MIRZADEH
Desired Mythic

MOONSPELL
Extinct

MORAINE
Metamorphic Roc

MURMURISTS
I Cannot Tell Y

MY OWN GHOST
Love Kills

NORILSK
Japetus

OBAKE
Mutations

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