Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kongh - Shadows of the Shapeless

The Swedish sludge/doom trio, Kongh, are a conglomeration of individual musical passions which range from the laid-back cool of the blues to the full-bore visage-mashing hostility of grindcore. There must have been some serious in-house fighting that preceded their compromise that they “wanted to play very loud and heavy and to have a good time”. One great thing about such conflicting opinions is the melting pot of ideas that emerges and this follow-up to their debut album, ‘Counting Heartbeats’, in particular, is overflowing with them.

‘Unholy Water’, for instance, is the heavy-as-fuck combined turbulence of Oskar Rydén’s penetrating bass, Tomas Salonen’s tempestuous drums and David Johansson’s sludge-flinging guitar and vehement vocal which is the very driven wind itself, roaring in elongated blasts around your lugholes. At nine minutes the tornado collapses into a buzzing pile, around which a melodic riff drones before the vocal steps in to finish you off.

Read more at Sonic Dice

1. Unholy Water
2. Essence Asunder
3. Tank pa Doden
4. Voice of the Below
5. Shadows of the Shapeless

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