Asylum Rattus in Sanguine
By Marcus Pan
Before I really begin this review of
Asylums Rattus in Sanguine release I have to go to
Wikipedia and look up
kraut rock. Ive come across this term two or three times so
far and Im still fuzzy on it. So
Kraut rock: Krautrock is a generic name for the
experimental bands who appeared in Germany in the early 1970s.
Hmm. According to the Angel Machine biography I received
with this CD, thats one of the things Asylum mixes into Rattus in
Sangine, as well as industrial, techno, electronic and EBM. So this will be
an experimental CD
very good. I now know something of what to expect. I do
suggest to term-coiners from hereon out that we dont use the word
rock when describing most ambient and/or experimental work
most of it doesnt rock much at all, really. And its
kind of floaty a lot of the time so it doesnt sound like anything heavy,
like say a boulder, so lets call it krautasphere,
krautbient or something from here on out. Thanks. Onward.
This band, Asylum, has changed their name to Angel Machine
now. So this is the final Asylum release. Im ok with that. For the most
part Rattus in Sanguine is one of your standard basement-ambient
attempts, with a bit more control than most experimentalists provide.
Theres the occasional rhythm, for example, like the boorish steps through
Everybodys Dead thrown up against an unmoving wall of synthetic
Im moving into track four now as I ramble in my
LiveJournal about inconsequential things and, frankly, the ambient movement of
it all gets stuck in pause even as it plays. Lesbo Sado Dance adds a
more rigorous beat into it and the sliding cacophony that comes in for some
reason reminds me of those crazy F-machine pr0n sites. I dont know what
thats about, but I think I wont be analyzing this track anymore.
It gets really confusing at track seven, Human Model,
which is the first to sound musical. The only issue is the musical version we
have here has been played and recorded already quite a number of times, though
admittedly the synth melody can get a little unpredictable which is nice. But
other than that Ive heard all of these sounds before in standard trance.
Man & Machine tries to keep the more musical nature that Human
Model started after so much breathy static wash, but moves about as fast as
a skateboarding earthworm. Ancient Poets opens up a stock-rhythm
movement that, like the melody of Human Model, was done already.
The problem with Rattus in Sanguine is simply
its not that good. The ambient pieces are uninspired and laced with
doldrums. The musical pieces are boorishly rehashed and about as fresh as
yogurt. When it tries to be witty it uses old jokes. When it tries to be
sublime I fall asleep. Asylum aka Angel Machine just arent doing it for
me folks. It makes me wonder where the past six years of his practice went with
the first Asylum release being 1999.
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