Reshimotohu – The Note of Chaos Notes Albums of 2020 (Part 2)
This review was originally written in Hebrew. I’ve included the full review translated via Google Translate since I imagine the vast majority of readers on my site would not be able to read it otherwise.
“Generally, artistic attempts by professionals do not bear fruit. Their law is the act of masturbation: there is some fun in it, but it is not fruitful.
The various and strange flickers of quite a few technical wizards are doomed to be buried in the abyss of artistic oblivion. In a sense this is a bit of the private tragedy of the shadow people: on the one hand, they are wet to the pony in all the most intimate making of music from its bipnocho, but on the other hand: the creative value obtained at the end of their works often tends to be moldy, flat and perhaps most painful. The thrilling experience of good metal in an experience of great and impressive technical pyrotechnics. It just does not work.
John Larbold, a sound engineer by profession, is almost the classic raw material of this tragedy. Still, his latest album particularly surprised me, in two ways: musically and experientially. As a protégé of the mother band from which he emerged – Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze, a man has a musical record not only as a sound engineer but also as a musician in the flesh and spirit, and yet I had other reasons not to fall in love with his work: Shalev who branched off from him and about whom I am now writing – tends very strongly to the districts of Antipa and her friend, who are as far away from me as heaven from earth; The intense scent of nervousness rising to the fevered minds of the ‘revolutionaries’ whose souls are forever uneasy, rising from every corner in their writing and presentation of musical materials. If you’ve been socially nervous, then I’m going to hear fine hardcore or grindcore, or maybe the punk CRASS,For every newborn metalist baby knows that punk is perhaps the sharpest and most elaborate expression of this kind of holy rage;
But here comes the interesting twist: Labrador does not produce angry metal at all, that is not where this energy goes. The whole piece before us is an attempt to express in the infrastructure of melodic black metal in a deep way, a kind of hope. This is because I do not think I have ever encountered it, at least not in this configuration. And the result is absolutely fantastic. In the hands of a talented artist, this musician manages to bring the experience back to the center of the work and evoke vague feelings of looking at a golden horizon almost throughout listening to the work. For me, as a natural anti-partner to this whole agenda, this experience was very interesting. It was an intriguing opportunity for me to watch the depths of the creator’s psyche far beyond the textual screens of the rippled arguments that have no beginning and no end and are useless.
Musically, Lerbold is daring: in his personal description of this work he says that he decided to have fun with unequal divisions of the octave, instead of the classical division into 12 equal parts as is customary. “I really wanted to produce microtonal black metal for a few years,” he says, “and I started this album in early March 2020.” For him, he says, it was an interesting symbiosis in light of the events of the year that began more or less in March, and this vile anti-inspiration of 2020 generated the creative energy behind MMXX (Latin: 2020).
I find myself urging all of you to go and listen to the parent band’s album as well, but Yaeth (the band’s artistic name) is definitely an interesting project and MMXX is perhaps the most authentic and playful translation I’ve heard so far of the 2020s, to a musical product that marks a renewed light.”