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SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER - X - CD - Cuneiform Records - 2015

Like label mates Sonar, Schnellertollermeier is a bass-guitar-drums outfit (whereas Sonar consists of two guitarists, here there is only one), and its music is similarly of a repetitive, minimal nature. In fact, it's quite interesting to note that both bands are Swiss, and so is Nik Bärtsch's Ronin - the outfit which quite possibly started the zen-funk trend.

But Schnellertollermeier's music is arguably more accomplished than Sonar's. It appeal to us might be due to the more violent nature that these guys employ, and the performance that does not afraid to be rough (and less sterile) - that's probably the most prominent feature they picked from their jazz influences. Sonar might have utilized a darker sound on its latest release (also reviewed in this issue), but Schnellertollermeier's music itself is more menacing: it does not only set to explode, it explodes! and then it explodes again, and then you realize you're in string of explosions, with the band going from strength to strength.

We tried to analyze what makes this one better than its contemporaries, and came to realize to it is the rhythmic reliance and focus of the pieces that makes the difference. On X the music constantly delivers a chugging vibe, and while it does have its melodic tidbits - these are woven into the rhythmic fabric. It's a mindfucking experience. (9/10)

 

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ISSUE 78
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-B)  (B-D)  (D-G)  (G-K)  (K-M)  (M-P)  (P-S)  (S-ST)  (S-W)  (W-Z)

PROSPEKT
The Colourless

PYRAMIDS ON MAR...
Echo Cosmic

REGARDE LES HOM...
Exile

ROCK CANDY FUNK...
Groove Is King

SCARDUST
Shadow

SCHNELLERTOLLER...
X

SCHON, NEAL
Vortex

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Legion

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