By: Charlie Butler
Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 02/02/2017
Label: Itawak Records
Strasbourg’s Yurodivy have created an intriguing debut album in the form of “Aphos”, an epic suite of furious chaotic hardcore with dark melodic undertones. Yurodivy take some familiar sounds and meld them into enthralling new forms on “Aphos”. It is a captivating debut statement brimming with potential for future releases.
“Aphos” DD//LP track listing:
A1 - Six Feet Under Water
A2 - The Way Of The Light
A3 - Ascension
A4 - 40 Days
A5 - Now You Can Feed The Monster Part I
B1 - Now You Can Feed The Monster Part II
B2 - Children Of The Sun
B3 - In The Violence Of The Ashes
B4 - War Drums
B5 - Necessary
B6 - Genesis 1.6
Strasbourg’s Yurodivy have created an intriguing debut album in the form of “Aphos”, an epic suite of furious chaotic hardcore with dark melodic undertones.
The opening trio of “Six Feet Under Water”, “The Way Of The Light” and “Ascension” provide an exhilarating start; schizophrenic blasts of raging punk rock, angular Botch style riffage and ominous spacious doom chords. The band negotiate the changes in style with fluid ease resulting in taut tracks of tension and release.
The next two tracks see an abrupt shift into tone that works to great effect. “40 Days” is an absorbing nine minute monster that moves between periods of ominous calm and clanging full-band heaviness. The vocals during the quiet sections are particularly eerie, a spooked, distant muttering riddled with desperation. A menacing piano and feedback laden drone consumes the din and casts a hypnotic spell that is soon shattered by the crushing finale.
“Now You Can Feed The Monster Parts 1 & 2” continues this mood, beginning with hushed picked guitars that recall the powerful screamo grandeur of City of Caterpillar. The track slowly builds in intensity and eventually gives way to a barrage of off-kilter riffage. This acts as the perfect lead-in to the face-melting triple threat of “Children Of The Sun”, “In The Violence Of The Ashes” and “War Drums”. These three short bursts see Yurodivy throw away all restraint to unleash feral doses of raging blast-beat riddled mayhem.
The final act of “Necessary” and “Genesis” find Yurodivy taking a slightly calmer approach to end the record. The former is a restrained effects-laden piece that brings the previously hinted at At The Drive-In and Mars Volta influences to the fore, particularly on the vocal front. “Genesis” continues the work established by “Necessary” and reintroduces some of the earlier harshness to bring all of the threads of the album together in satisfactory fashion.
Yurodivy take some familiar sounds and meld them into enthralling new forms on “Aphos”. It is a captivating debut statement brimming with potential for future releases.
“Aphos” is available here