Aluk Todolo - Descension (CD)
ALUK TODOLO is a side project from members of DIAMATREGON and BLACKLODGE. They play an instrumental, experimental form of krautrock. A solid foundation of bass and drums with layers of feedback and erratic raw guitar. The atmosphere is dark, the intended focus on occult mysticism with the music acting as a catalyst for religious trance.
The first full-length shows the band developing the esoteric theorems established on it's debut 7" and going far deeper in the methodical exploration of the occult powers of musical trance. With the goal to create a timeless, organic mixing of krautrock's strangeness and black metal's coldness, Aluk Todolo conjures rabid obsessive rhythms and abyssal disharmonic guitars, subliminal spiritualist vibrations and bizarre, magick summonings. By reducing psychedelic improvisation to a bare, telluric instrumentation, and basking in the archaic rawness of lo-fi production, the trio elaborates on an audio ritual meant to be monolithic and stabbing, hypnotic but unpredictable, minimalist yet teeming.
For their playing unites Krautrock with Zeuhl via classic No Wave, and rocks mightily. This power trio's time-honoured guitar/bass/drums line-up is outstandingly meditative and un-clichéd. Very Cleveland, very Can, very This Heat, very Magma, but very much its own original thing, and definitely another necessary part of the puzzle that leads us to the Rue d'Awakening. - Julian Cope 5/5