Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Assassinations-Future blasts from the past


Ghazi Barakat has long been a figure in the underground music scene of Berlin. This is the first release on his label. The music here was actually recorded in a space of months between late 2006 and early 2007. However it was not released until just recently. The idea here seems to be to grab past styles like garage rock, 70's classic rock and even 80's hard rock then combine the styles and give them a modern twist. I understood that and can even grant them some respect for the undertaking. However this one of those cases where the idea looks good in print, but the final results don't pan out. I can appreciate the fuzzed out tones and some of the raw old style glam bits got my attention as well. The problem was that the album comes across not having enough to hold my attention. They tried to attach a lot of ideas, but never really flesh out enough of anything to grab onto. It's even dull at times as they just did not create the hooks and twists needed to really sustain their material. Although they have some diverse sounds included they definitely lack structure. Without a strong structure the music just kind of sits there and so did I waiting for them to put some punch into it. However pretty much what you got in the first thirty seconds of each song was all you were going to get. The Assassinations just kind of float into their songs and then just ride it out to the end with very few switches or changes. That's a shame because there were some good ideas and sounds on this album, but they just didn't expand on what they started.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey mike
thanks for reviewing the album and for your honesty, maybe you try the whole thing again with headphones.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

anonymous-The name is actually Mark. I tried playing this on three different stereos and it just didn't click. I like some of the fuzzy tones and they can play, but they fail to really build any kind of fire or much of anything to grab onto.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry mark...
i guess taste is not negotiable.
don't worry about it, different plane...

9:29 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...


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