AH CAMA-SOTZ: Obsession Diabolique CD HANDS
Herman Klapholz returns with his Occult led and highly prolific project, Ah Cama-Sotz. There is always something of interest when a new AC-S album arrives as you are never sure what to expect and it’s his variation that has given the act longevity.
Eastern Guitars open up the proceedings, alongside tribal rhythmical drums and chanting vocals; providing an arcane jaunt that not only sounds accomplished, but is effective as an introduction to this latest concept. Klapholz produces albums that read like an ancient text, as opposed to just another footnote in the industrial scene.
Now don’t get me wrong, the works of Ah Cama-Sotz are not going to be for everyone. Long time listeners of the project will not be surprised that for the most part, ‘Obsession Diabolique’ drifts from Eastern tribalism, to classical mysticism and operatic ambient and has more in common with the likes of Dead Can Dance, than say the majority of the output of the scene which he resides in.
There are intersections that differ and should appeal to the more hardened HANDS aficionado, but these are few and far between, with more emphasis when it comes to beats leaning towards the Massive Attack end of the scale or Delirium, as ever so slight reference points; ‘Rain’ reminds me of GGFH vocally, once again showing key variation.
Herman’s latest output should please long term fans of the project. Indeed these will be hardened listeners that benefit the most from whatever he brings to the table. For those who have never heard the project they wouldn’t go far wrong with picking up this release with maybe one or two others at the same time, to fully get a grasp of the spectrum within which this project dabbles; I found this latest cross-stich in the tapestry enjoyable and interesting from start to finish.