Llorah and Seven Bowls of Wrath…Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2007 @ 9:19am » permalink
Among the first releases from French label Atropine is the impressive self-titled debut EP (which is basically their demo) from Llorah – another quality French act helping to solidify the country's stance as a superb provider of this form of dry, churning, pounding material. A totally killer recording with a crisp, natural sense of texture and density highlights the badass rhythm section and its crushing low-end throbs and percussive bursts; while the guitar work ranges from slow, sludgy, menacing power chord rhythms to faster and more mangled riffing that lets more of the grit and dissonance shine (as do the sick vocals, which are sort of a strained lower-midrange sneer/scream). There are also a few more stripped down and atmospheric clean passages that represent the most obvious incidences of the subtly melodic accoutrements that are scattered throughout, as do some of the ringing "post-rock" tendencies that creep into place on occasion. There may only be four tracks, but the total running time pushes 27 minutes, so there's damn sure a good hunk of material here, and though there are indeed some familiar influences and approaches at work herein, Llorah certainly manages to explore a few unlikely twists and turns to keep things interesting. The disc is also beautifully packaged in a brown chipboard "envelope" type of thing, screenprinted with black and white inks, so… this is a great little release all around, and a fine introduction to yet another promising new act.
I'm not seeing this one available anywhere in the US at this time, so the label's distro is probably your best bet for the time being. Definitely look into this shit if you like what hear: