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Ankou : Black Ocean

In Irish mythology death could take the form of a physical being, a dark male in a black robe and a large hat that conceals his face. His job was to collect souls and carry them to the realm of the dead. His name was Ankou. While this band from Norfolk, US, share the same name, they don't have a very strong aura of death surrounding their music. Sure, the lyrics contain themes of loss and rebirth, but rather than an aura of darkness this Neurosis descendant has a pushing attitude to it and generally optimistic melodies. Thus, instead of ripping souls this is more a work of hope.

Ankou play post-rock which is very similar to that of Neurosis, though a tad more aggressive and with both stoner and screamo elements. They, themselves, claim to be a stoner outfit, but the amount of elements typical for the stoner genre is far from impressive. Basically their only strong point, for my ears, is their opening track 'Sons And Daughters', where they manage to churn out some riffage of decent quality and mix it with a beautiful melody. The main fault of the remaining three tracks is the incoherent riffage that sound like it was supposed to be simple, but somehow became too generic and too uncoordinated. And after starting with the interesting clean vocals in the first track, they switch to hardcore vokills which, again, bring the music down to an all too generic level.

'Black Ocean' didn't find its way over to my good side. I just cannot find anything of particular interest to keep me listening and no matter how many times I listened to it, it never grew on me. Those whose main taste lie in bands such as Neurosis might think differently, though, and if you want to give it a chance then go to their MySpace page here.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Sons And Daughters
2. Clover
3. Fast Forward Flash Back
4. Noir

Duration : Approx. 24 minutes.

Visit the Ankou bandpage.

Reviewed on 04-02-2008 by Arnstein Petersen
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