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Wicked King Wicker : Wicked King Wicker

Wicked King Wicker are masters of noise/drone. Their music rarely consists of more than a monotone bassline and layers of TV-snow, but yet they somehow create four very different tracks. 'Faith Through Fear' is a pure and true doom/noise track. True, you will hear a Sunn O)))-like vibe throughout the track, but the drone almost drowns in the incredibly loud noise. 'Through a Soul, Darkly' leaves out the bass, bathing the room in a calm, yet not that loud, ocean of disquiet. 'Often Referred To (But Never Seen)' sees the return to loudness and single-chord bass-lines. It's droney, but not the least bit doomy. Finally, there's 'Don't Go in the Woods' which suddenly turns away from Sunn O))) and onto the spaced Hyatari. Yes, these four tracks are indeed four very different ones. The ability to twist such a monotone style into such versatility is certainly worth applauding.

This LP was self-released by the band in a total of 490 copies. Most have been sold out by now. However, should you encounter this release then it's a good choice if you're a drone or noise fan. The larger doom/drone audience should also look into the first track for it's own sake. It's certainly loud enough to satisfy the most picky drone-doomster.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Faith Through Fear
2. Through a Soul, Darkly
3. Often Referred To (But Never Seen)
4. Don't Go in the Woods

Duration : Approx. 32 minutes.

Visit the Wicked King Wicker bandpage.

Reviewed on 02-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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