Grave in the Sky - _Cutlery Hits China: English for the Hearing Impaired_
(Heart and Crossbone, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
The duo of Maor Appelbaum (bass, noise and effects) and Rani Zager (vocals) have worked together before in noted Israeli noise / power electronics project Poochlatz, and both are involved in numerous other projects -- too many to list, but the most notable are probably Thy Mesmerized and Lietterschpich. Grave in the Sky is completed by the addition of Matan Schmueli.

Like labelmates Barbara, Grave in the Sky has ostensible roots in rock and metal, but again fucked up beyond recognition and again with no rhythm or lead guitars present. Whilst David Opp (Barbara, Lietterschpich) is an accomplished drummer, Schmueli is extremely (albeit deliberately) sloppy, with cymbals clanging and clashing all over the place, to the accompanying drone of what is presumably a bass -- all whilst Zager does his best to cause permanent damage to his larynx, although disguised through liberal use of reverb and other effects.

There are six tracks on this release, each named after a horror or cult movie, such as "Donnie Darko" and "Straw Dogs". They are presumably inspired by their namesakes, but I remain clueless as to the lyrical content and as to the meaning of what seems like a rather silly title.

I'm not too sure what to call this -- industrial drone doom? Not that it is likely to appeal to fans of any of doom's hydra-headed offspring, and once again this is likely to appeal to those who appreciate both the electronic and rock expressions of extreme music.


(article published 24/7/2007)

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