Brown Jenkins "Angel Eyes" CDPosted on Monday, June 9th, 2008 @ 7:15am » permalink
Having never been a Lovecraft fan, I was originally unaware that Brown Jenkins was named after a spirit in the short story "The Dreams in the Witch House", and I allowed my distaste for the band name to severely color my willingness to explore the project's work – despite the fact that I had read many positive accounts of both of Brown Jenkins' first two proper releases for Moribund Records. I can be a narrowminded asshole about these things, I admit (though I can't exactly explain it), but I finally realized that I simply needed to get over it. This overdue concession was helped along by the fact that Brown Jenkins' lone member, Umesh Amtey, was also the key visionary behind somewhat comparable (though instrumental) Texan act Starshine prior to branching off into this more developed direction, and I was always quite intrigued by Starshine's work. Much like Starshine, the material on "Angel Eyes" is "black metal" in general texture and atmosphere, but also more than that, so… still not exactly black metal, if that makes sense. Vocals (which are deeper and more doom/death oriented than the types of scathing screams more linked to these styles) certainly take a backseat within these seven tracks and 40 minutes of largely instrumental washes of cold, dissonantly winding, occasionally abstracted riffs and gritty, rugged textures over subdued, simplistic drumbeats. But it seems, at least to me, that this is precisely the type of eerie, spiraling, midpaced instrumentation that Umesh excels at – and similarly structured and melodically inclined passages creep into place throughout the album. There is no tremolo picking. There are no blast beats. The feeling and character of the guitar riffs is the focus, which carries the listen surprisingly well. In fact, the entire album passes by surprisingly quickly all things considered, and I'm still not entirely sure why!? But this is what it's all about: The music, the feeling, and emotion.
God seek through blood release beneath the surface we hear the pulse of life you cannot deny us death forever funerals fate fails like your love black becomes white killing you birth becomes death your world inverted forever funerals killing god inside you.