Trees - _Lights Bane_
(Crucial Blast, 2008)
by: Jeremy Ulrey (8.5 out of 10)
"Blackened doom" seems to the buzz genre for 2008, and if you ask me the ones who do it best are bands such as Portland's Trees, who dabble as much in avantgarde and drone as anything, the black influences usually pertaining to rhythmless, battle scarred vocals and the doom basically being a counterpoint to the drone, itself a monolithic sequence of epic, sustained tones rippling over a percussive assault almost free jazz-like in its unpredictable schizo-phonetics. "Nothing", one of only two extended mood pieces, builds and builds to a concussive finale, a seven layer dip of abstraction, angst, vexation, torment, lifelessness, plate tectonics and -- oh yeah -- patience. There's a sense these guys would sit on a wind swept crag for eternity with only a bowl of rice and a Chinese translation of "Finnegan's Wake" to keep them company if only you promised them they could witness humanity snuffed out in the blank fart of instant annihilation. I kid, but goddamn do these motherfuckers get good and grim. "Black", much like its predecessor, makes for excellent "think" music if you're in one of those "life is fucked, but let's get to the bottom of it... I can handle anything" moods. Recommended. If in a roundabout, admittedly inarticulate way.


(article published 5/10/2008)

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