Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Russians Return...

Kamni (Kамни) - A.T.O.M


These fellas were one of the first bands that I reviewed here and also one of the reasons I started the blog in the first place. If you didn't check out the review and EP the first time around good god go and do it now! You can find it here.
I've been itching to hear more of Kамни's stuff since I discovered the aforementioned EP, so I almost soiled myself when I checked back on their myspace and found this had been put up for a free download. Yes, you heard me right, once again these chaps are giving it away for free!
I will give the game away a bit here, but if you're expecting a repeat of the selftitled EP you maybe left a little perplexed. It's all gone a little space rock to tell the truth. Not that thats a bad thing in the slightest, it actually seems to have a nice balanced mix of that and doom. The beginning also gives a slightly unorthodox feel too, its almost like guys have a Beatles esque moment and buggered off to India for a while. Distant haunting ambience laced with guitars posing as sitars and what sounds like pan pipes. Worry not though, the slow chugging riffs soon kick in but are just bookended with more trippy spaced out distortion and more whaling guitars. But the most important thing is that it works, and works really well. The first EP went down an absolute storm, so this kind of experimentation was fundamentally a real risk. But a risk that ultimately paid off. Nothing lets this EP down, everything's done with the upmost care and the guys have been sure not to over use the samples or push their luck with the experimentation. It's altogether slower and more sombre than their previous work but it will surely keep you hooked, and even though its only 4 tracks, it's certainly not a case of blink and you'll miss it, this thing pushes the 40 min mark. Not a bad bit of work when you consider that you can sit and listen with out feeling bored or cheated because of constant repetition. So once again a top class release from the boys from Kамни... Time to break out the bong, sit back and enjoy some more awesome epic Russian space doom. 

~ Jay


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