SYLVGHEIST MAËLSTRÖM: Lahar CD Connexion Bizarre

SYLVGHEIST MAËLSTRÖM: Lahar  CD  Connexion Bizarre

I don’t know what I was expecting in all honesty when I hit play, maybe something heading off down the Dark Ambient route; I was wrong of course and considering the label release of this album I should have expected something more, well, bizarre.

What we do have from the offset are light ambient touches that are the body to obscure out of key electronics and pitter-pat warped, programmed beats.  These are light and relaxed in approach and nothing too overbearing, that filter through from track to track to occasionally being overtaken by harsher rhythm sections as the tracks evolve.

A lot of the album is off kilter and set aside by moments that sometimes come across a little too indecisive in their attempts at complexity, whilst meandering just a little too long in their hooks and I would like to see this project let fly a little more and attempt to be braver in the overall approach.

I do feel this album is strong is in the ambient sections and I would have preferred more from this angle of approach as the let down comes along in the sub aggressive tactics that are neither here nor there and the balance is lacking.  If someone wants to let fly, I want to be kicked in the teeth and this doesn’t quite do that.

However, to make matters worse ‘Lahar’ is lacking in outright execution and conviction is lost by a wavering production that hasn’t quite been levelled out and no amount of mastering it seems could rectify this.  In fact the production I would dare say becomes steadily more dreadful as the album progresses going up and down like a yo-yo.

There are a heck of a lot of elements on this disc that display promise such as track 5 ‘Xynthia’, which would indicate that the ideas are there, but unfortunately there are too many pondering elements of monotony on this release to really get my juices stirring, which is a pity as some of the output on here really made me want to like it as a whole.

6/10