Friday, March 28, 2008

Album Review - Daturah

Daturah – Reverie
[Graveface Records; 28/03/2008]

Hailing from Frankfurt, German post-rock outfit Daturah caused a nice fuss with their self-titled debut album in 2005, when they combined influences of Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, whilst adding layers of sample to create climaxes of noise and trepidation. The band returns with their follow-up, Reverie.

Similar formulas are carried out during this five track opus, with ‘Ghostlight’ opening the album, with loud/quiet pace changes and ringing feedback that all good post-rock bands hold in their arsenal.

The midway point of the album follows in much the same manner, with ‘Hybrisma’ and ‘9’ respectively reaching climatic stages, but it’s the final two tracks that hit the greatest heights for the Daturah. ‘Deep B Flat’ moves in and out of a swift melodic twang, while the sonic firewall that is ‘Vertex’ could pose at the post-rock track of the year, with feedback that does its best to blow holes through your eardrums and droning bass that’s equivalent to a hammer pounding against ones skull.

A formula’s been set, but the results are broodingly effective, with slick melodic power combined with shredding force of sonic bliss that is loud enough to make Daturah’s influences themselves, be taken aback with the results of Reverie.

By Simon K

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