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Echoes of Yul : Echoes of Yul

Listening to this first release from the Polish duo Echoes of Yul one can immediately spot the major influence the US band Neurosis had on them. For the next 70 and more minutes, you'll be drowned in a sea of bliss and darkness, with some experimental touches and a feeling of cold bleak urban decay. Echoes Of Yul takes many different approaches when it comes to displaying their talent. The whole album, when listened in a single shot, sounds more like a single track divided in 12 parts. And inside them you'll find so many different styles, so many different grooves, that it creates a different trip every time.

For example, do you like the massive desert groove of Kyuss? Then opening track 'Midget' will have you ask yourself if Monument Valley hasn't been suddenly displaced near Krakow. Do you do prefer the flow and dark polluted tide of Neurosis? Then check 'From Infinity To Infinity' and hear your spine snap under the heavy weight of the rut-encrusted feedback riff that open the song. Do you like The Swans, 5ive, P.H.O.B.O.S., even Anathema or The Axis Of Perdition? There are all there, in one way or another. And despite the fact that those musical influences are easy to spot, never does Echoes Of Yul sound like a simple copycat.

Ambient, Drone, Sludge, Post, Experimental...and all the time, Doom and doomed. As stunningly great as it is well-interpreted, this piece of musical coldness is one of the finest one in the genre to have graced my ears this year, with the last Sunn O)))'s offering. Bands with a vision are rare these days, so get hold of a copy of this album quickly (limited edition of 500) by ordering it through the band's MySpace page.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Midget
2. From Infinity To Infinity
3. Clean
4. Third Time
5. Or
6. Walking Skeletons
7. Everyone's Midget
8. Square Faces
9. Pony
10. Ape
11. Open
12. 32 (Everlasting Drifting)

Duration : Approx. 76 minutes.

Visit the Echoes of Yul bandpage.

Reviewed on 28-10-2009 by Laurent Lignon
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