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Kruzenshtern & Parohod
Kruzenshtern & Parohod
Songs
Auris Media


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Young Ones"

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I'm all for the expansion of our universal understanding through the exploration of other cultures' art, but come the fuck on! Listeners may grapple with how to describe Kruzenshtern & Parohod's Jewish Klezmer/avant-jazz/metal fusion. For starters, how about fucking annoying? It's basically "screw those traditional folk standards that have been around for generations -- what that shit needs is some metal breakdowns." What a terrible idea.

Okay, so Songs isn't all bad. "Young Ones" has enough stylistic and sonic variety to remain interesting for quite a while. "Shetl" has a nice swing to it, and a choir bleats eerily in the background like a theremin. In songs like "Jay", however, we get screamy, gibberish vocals from Igor Krutogolov, who tries desperately to sound "crazy". That's not funny, man -- some people really are crazy. Ruslan Gross dicks around with his clarinet on a melody so familiar it's not worth describing. Occasionally he stumbles upon an interesting sound, but usually it's just blaring, grating and more blaring.

This is the kind of music that metal dudes get into when they're trying to branch out. Maybe I'm the asshole for not getting it, but if you're thinking, "This is really different and interesting. I really like this," you're probably trying too hard. Chances are, if you like this, I don't like you.



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