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EXXASENS : Beyond the Universe

This Spanish solo-project is not an actual doom metal project. Rather, it gets quite hard to describe merely using the conventional sub-genre categorization. So, how do I go about explaining EXXASENS...

I think I'll start by claiming that this could be filed under 'pop/post-rock/drone', which I'm claiming because the rhythm and instrumental use reminds me of a lighter and pop-ier Neurosis or an experimental Canaan. However, to properly introduce you to this project I need to use the words 'interstellar travel', for this is interstellar-travel pop. 'Beyond the Universe' is filled with soundscapes which carries you through rainbows of spaceclouds, nebulas and stars - feeling like a sad and lonely nirvana.

Even though I've seen people claim that there is some doom metal in this release, I must admit that I am having trouble seeing any. What I do recognize, though, is that the melody almost constantly yields the expectation that doom/drone will appear just around the next musical bend. It never does, but yet the feeling sticks to me. I'm guessing that the reason for this is that EXXASENS has taken an approach which is totally different from doom/drone, but still arrives in much the same place as Hyatari and 5ive's Continuum Research Project.

Based on this I would still recommend this album to those who do not mind their drone being a bit on the lighter side. Still, I would recommend that you give this release a try before buying since I can't see how my description would be sufficient to give you the proper impression of the project. His MySpace page would be a good place to start.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Sky in Red
2. Signals from the Outer Space
3. Lost in Space
4. ¿Por que me llamas a estas horas? *
5. Polaris
6. Stars in the Desert
7. Gray
8. Absolute Infinite
9. A Singular Deploy
10. Copernicus
11. Spiders on the Moon
12. Boolean
13. Stellar

4. Why call me at this hour?

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes.

Visit the EXXASENS bandpage.

Reviewed on 19-09-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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