Olekranon - "Cohesion"
(Inam Records 2008)
From Aural Innovations #40 (September 2008)
Cohesion is noisy and raw in its tone, energetic and spacey in its progression, repetitive and simplistic in its travels. It incorporates atmospheric noise with electronic beats and heavy guitars to take the listener on a manic journey through feedback heaven. The structure is easy to follow, the drones come at you remorseless, and the feedback likewise twists your topknot. That is until the beats enter, and they then twist your topknot. This is similar in essence to what Saturnia do, but with a difference.
I would say that it is primarily a beat and drone guitar thing, and it does not waver from this at all. It moves through tempo and rarely stays still, which is a good thing for this type of music. Even though it is repetitive, it still seems to energize itself with each cycle, and seems to move even when it is not. I like it for what it is, but I am not a big fan of electronic drum kits. But I can just get away with them, and if you are one of them who does not mind them then you will probably will love this. It is an interesting mix of mellow noise and heavy pounding drums and guitars. Devil Effect is my favorite, sort of Resident Evil soundtrack sounding, as in Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie vein. The sound quality is good and the idea overall works. I may even listen to it again.
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Reviewed by Albert Pollard