Husere Grav – s/t CDR

24 June 2012 xdementia No Comment

Husere Grav – s/t CDR

Small Doses

This is an older release that’s been lurking in my review pile for quite some time. Somehow though, I’ve always been drawn to the artwork with its grey hopeless imagery and classy handmade style.

With 11 untitled tracks and 50 minutes this is certainly a full-length and a solid release. What Husere Grav seems to specialize in is ambient/drone with a noisy edge, all guitar based. Luckily the guitar isn’t overly apparent and its treated tastefully at all times. With the opening track it is clear that Husere Grav can create a billowing cloud of dust rising from some unseen flow of lava, which he illustrates with a heavy low-end.

One rut that Husere Grav tends to fall into is the dullness of tone, which is a common issue with guitar drone. While the underlying morphing is interesting moments like track 3 and 6 aren’t as effective and punchy as they could be if their higher frequency spectra were more present.

All in all a solid effort from this enigmatic project. The whole aesthetic of this release is bleak and hopeless which is portrayed with strength throughout. Definitely a must for any fans of guitar drone.

Composition: ★★★½☆
Sounds: ★★★☆☆
Production Quality: ★★½☆☆
Concept: ★★★☆☆
Packaging: ★★★½☆
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

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