Love History - _Anasazi_
(The End Records, 2000)
by: Aaron McKay (8.5 out of 10)
This effort is nearly as difficult to describe and explain as _Organasm_ by Alchemist [CoC #49] was, but along those same lines, too. Both bands share similar qualities without ebbing over to the point of cloning each other's sound either. Wickedly complex as one passage braids into another almost more naturally than Love History's musicians embrace their instruments. It is almost as if this whole band creation was second-nature. This Czech group has an interesting vocal duo mixing Borknagar or Emperor-like spoken chants with a Chris Barnes throaty accentuation. To a lesser degree, lofty female vocal touches are utilized well, like on track four, "Masterless". Effective. I get a sense of the simplicity from Love History, too, between the complications of their sound. For example, all of the band's song titles are one or two words long ("Angealism", "Spiritual", "Sown") and the material is very easy to follow and enjoy. For those of you who have a desire for a lot of change-ups on a release, _Anasazi_ is just that. No overly abrupt segues make the flow of Love History's material pleasing. Orchestral parts play into more metal traits with the vocals punctuating in a gruffly inspirational way. A very thought-provoking CD-ROM bonus clip of the song "Lost" is also included. When viewing this, one is reminded of a short film that might possibly be presented at the Cannes Film Festival. To say this CD-ROM extra is just meaningful is putting it mildly. I believe now more than ever, bands like Love History can cover a lot of ground for music in general, but metal in particular.


(article published 10/1/2001)

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