Kajkyt - II

Describing this isn't the easiest of tasks but in the name of hooking someone while not completely removing any notions of negative qualities the album may hold, this is what would happen if someone wanted to make industrial rock but got caught on one of C93's thorns as they ran hopefully towards Trent Reznor. Opening, a chorus of overtone vocals with just the right amount of reverb: crashing into a droning industrial mess. What sounds like distorted screaming plays over a repeated distorted bass and drums that, well, aren't distorted. As the cover and my blithering suggests, vocals are a huge part of this. I'm reminded of heavier Nine Inch Nails-style dynamics, changes but with smoother, more open, airy vocals. And these give way to manipulated static between each section. Following tracks stay to this theme and give good seven-minute long vocal dirges to wailing guitars and deep, repetitive bass progressions; all over a slow and rather disjointed drum beat. As much as it works, these beats stand out as they would in more typically electronic genres rather than as they might in a dark ambient/drone metal setting, and as such there is a constant - to use the language of a tosspot - contradistinction between the two; something relatively free and balanced moving with the rigidity and more expressed dynamics of the drums. While feedback will stay relatively constant, bass "drum" hits push through with a pulse and almost sound like a sort of punctuation. It allows for a contrast between programmed drums and more natural rock instrument stylings, while also holding the always loose, slow minimal feeling that the other instruments have down. I enjoy this. It's very careful, very precise. Yet it still maintains the balance between something spacious which immerses you, and the punching beats which constantly push you around. It's very noisy in the sense that it won't let me settle, and keeps moving me from one area of musical comfort into another, leaving me feeling a little left in the middle. But I cannot, no matter how much I try, stop hearing the NIN influence. Granted, it's not the only industrial influenced rock act in existence, but as the most prominent one, I keep hearing it, and it's spoiling it for me because at times it feels too close to that; the less aggressive downtempo aspects of the verses Reznor favours played across an entire track.

So, naturally, as I listen on, the next song consists of chimes and booming drums being played seemingly randomly before large gaps of silence bridging low, ominous vocals; a single word between each pause. Before returning to a more structured sound of the former. The influence from Eastern traditional chant is huge, and couldn't sound better. What may feel like a bridge between the slower openers and the more upbeat track that follows is probably more important than both of those. Come to think of it, it reminds me of LDRTFS' Seismik Electrik Magick where they suddenly go all trip-hoppy. But, as I said, Kajkyt then goes FULL REZNOR on me and it's all very underwhelming. Not a copy, by any means, but the grooving guitars have the same sort of phrasing, the more uptempo drums having the same sort of production on them. He seems to favour a slight bridge of acapella singing but by then it's all a bit late and snore. I'd rather not talk about the last two tracks because the basslines alone completely ruined any hope of them having anything worth saying about them. It's a mixed bag. Go in wanting industrial rock with an experimental edge, and you'll be pretty pleased, bar a couple of tracks. Go in wanting what I was wanting, and you'll get something bottom heavy. And not the sort of bottom heavy that makes the rockin' world go round.

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