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Mr. Peter Hayden : First Cycle Complete

Mr. Peter Hayden is a finnish band without any actual Peter Hayden's. As of yet the band doesn't even have a label. (I believe the PRCH-001 catalog number comes from the tracks being recorded at Post Rock Cafe Hietakulma.) This doesn't keep them from producing an interesting and highly original blend of music, allthough I can't help but feel that I've heard it before from bands in the Neurosis vein. I'm guessing that's due to the strong post-rock influence.

The general musical picture can perhaps be best explained as a slow, grooving soundscape with an emphasis on droning bass. There are also some elements which I'd claim to be industrial and some distorted vocals in the background. However, the trait that impressed me the most is their ability to combine loudness and noise with a surprisingly laid-back feeling and doing so without ever resorting to stoner rock influences. They are also quite a lot warmer than you'd expect music like this to be. In fact the image this gives me is of an unclear, fuzzy vision of a black and white summer meadow. It's just like those memories of experiences long past where you cannot make out any details, but can still envision a few of the scenes somewhat clearly.

I've been wondering who this Peter Hayden fellow is. The most famous name I'm able to find is the Peter Hayden who was the deputy chief in one of the fire divisions on site during the Twin Towers incident on the 9th of September 2001. If this is the man behind the name or not, I don't know. I've found no signs of the bands intended connection, if any.

The music would probably be of most interest to those who also like Neurosis. For those who have heard the debut demo of Mills Of God, then that is the most similar song that I know of. Thus far I think Mr. Peter Hayden has achieved a fair sound with an interesting concept. I think they have yet to perfectly settle into their own niche, but I also believe that their next few releases will yield works from them that sound even better to my ears.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. First Cycle Complete (Part 1)
2. First Cycle Complete (Part 2)

Duration : Approx. 12 minutes.

Visit the Mr. Peter Hayden bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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