Monday, 26 May 2014

KHUDA - Molasses Constricts The Clinostat - Album Review

Molasses Constricts The Clinostat cover art

Album Type:Album
Date Released: June 09th 2014
Label: Prügelprinz Records

Molasses Constricts The Clinostat - track listing:

1 Balduinius 1491
2 Phi Am
3 Raekoja Plats
4 Beside Form, Beside Shape
5 Madzag (I Blunder)
6 Onward Planarian


This June marks the return of instrumental post-rock duo Khuda and with it the arrival of their biggest and most fully realised album Molasses Constricts The Clinostat.
The Leeds/Jyväskylä based duo have been carving out an unholy body of work since their formation in 2007; drawing on the brooding, angular influence of bands like Hella and Russian Circles and setting their sound against an imposing progressive metal backdrop. A body of music populated with astonishing, bold compositions driven by the ambition and percussive/rhythmic attack of guitarist Tom Brooke and drummer Steve Myles.

The Band Members

Tom Brooke - Guitar
Steve Myles - Drums


Experimental Progressive Post-Rock/Metal duo – KHUDA – return from hibernation to unleash their blend of progressive instrumental music on an unsuspecting audience once more.

Molasses Constricts The Clinostat is the most complete album that KHUDA have released so for. It's an expansive sonic assault on the senses that will leave you questioning your very own existence. How can a duo be this loud and play epic riffs like this. It shouldn't be possible. Then again I am not surprised as KHUDA have been defying genre expectations for the whole of their musical career and this album is no different.

From the opening notes of Balduinius 1481, Khuda will take you on a sonic journey that defies time and space. Is it Post Rock, Post Metal or Progressive Metal that the band are playing. Well it's a combination of all 3 as Khuda deal in progressive riffs that harks back to the earlier days of Pelican and Russian Circles but on a more wider scale.

2nd track – Phi Am – takes the listener on another heavy pounding assault on the senses as the guitars and drums play a duelling blend of warfare before Khuda unleash loud as hell riffage that have enough power to shatter every bone in your body. It has a melodic edge to it which is unsettling, haunting and quite beautifully majestic all at the same time.

Even without the vocals this album has a thrilling and intriguing story to tell as tracks such as Raekoja Plats, Beside Form, Beside Shape and Madzag (I Blunder) – see Khuda weave intense layers of noises with a determined approach I haven't heard from an instrumental band in a very long time. If you're a fan of progressive rock/metal then you will be in musical heaven here as Khuda unleash a finely tuned blend of intelligent riffs that will have musical scholars studying their music for an eternity.

It's the final track off the album that makes this release so special. Onward Planarian – is an expertly written tale told through the power of music. It's a gut-wrenching and emotionally packed tale that will bring a tear to your eye. K Onward Planarian is a progressive juggernaut waiting to destroy everything in the cosmos.

Khuda have delivered a master-class of instrumental rock music with this album. Be prepared to be blown away. Khuda have delivered their most defining work to date.

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for sending me a promo to review. Molasses Constricts The Clinostat will be released on CD/DD by Field Records. Vinyl will be released by Prügelprinz Records.

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Written by Steve Howe

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