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Wildlife : Six

I'm trying very hard to review this album but the only thing that I've accomplished is the tearing and throwing of pages from my notebook…yes, I still know how to use a pen and paper. Everything I've written about this album makes no sense because I simply can't keep up with this band.

The album opens with the disorienting 'Things Will Grow' which makes one believe that this is actually another stoner album with a little more distortion on the guitars than what is typically used by major bands within the genre. This ends quickly though as the band reveals its true nature in 'Tungsten Steel – Epilogue'. Imagine attending a party with Hawkwind sometime in the early seventies; the band tires of playing their own songs and begins playing songs from Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer and the Krautrock genre. If you can imagine that you will begin to get the meaning just in time for the party to stop unexpectedly, as you are left with the distorted sound of a bass note played by an autistic child. Things are getting weird and it’s even more obvious on 'Whooping Church', a recorded piece of what sounds like a rain of burning plastic. Now that you have been warned, we enter the world of paranoia in which Wildilife dwell.

'Magic Jordan' comes next with a sound that could be the product of Jimi Hendrix jamming with Electric Wizard while smoking God’s most precious plant. This is a spooky song and I love it. 18 minutes later, and many miles higher, 'Feed' comes along to help you connect with our own planet again with its almost industrial structure and feel. Around this time you’ll believe the band can’t possibly write a song that will surprise you again but you'd be wrong because the last two tracks, both clocking around 14 minutes, come with hidden venom inside. First, the 70's-like, almost heavy rock of 'Kross' comes along in all of its haunting simplicity followed by the weird 'Nervous Buzzing' with its familiar classic rock ending that will have this album lingering in your mind no matter what you do.

In closing, I can only say that this is not an album you can fit neatly somewhere as it transcends the classic forms and restrictions of any one genre. Wildilife have used elements from a wide range of artists in order to make this album and they've ended up with an experience worth living.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Things Will Grow
2. Tungsten Steel – Epilogue
3. Whooping Church
4. Magic Jordan
5. Feed
6. Kross
7. Nervous Buzzing

Duration : Approx. 68 minutes.

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Reviewed on 14-06-2009 by Dimitris Plastiras
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