Ehnahre
The Man Closing Up


4.0
excellent

Review

by SnackaryBinx USER (31 Reviews)
October 26th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Figures Toby Driver wasn't the only musical genius in Kayo Dot.

Ehnahre are:
Ryan McGuire - Bass, Voice
John Carchia - Guitar, Voice
D.J. Murray - Guitar, Voice
Andrew Hock - Guitar, Voice
Tom Malone - Drums

Other contributors:

Forbes Graham - Trumpet
Greg Kelly - Trumpet
Greg Massi - Guitar
Noell Dorsey - Voice
Mark J Inman - Violin

A band like Kayo Dot are known for their fearlessness to push the boundaries of what people actually perceive music to be, creating something incredibly different from anything that is out today. Not to say that other bands don't try this, but a man like Toby Driver just seems to have a knack for knowing what he's doing, no matter what challenge he approaches. The man could be the definition for avant-garde with a repertoire he has built up. First in maudlin of the Well, a death metal band that was extremely progressive and pushed the boundaries of death metal to include many incorporations of strings, classical instruments and even saxophone solos. Then there goes an unexpected name change to Kayo Dot, but the boundaries are only pushed farther into the realm of the unknown, especially on Blue Lambency Downward. But, when members of Kayo Dot left, and they put out an album like this, it makes you wonder if it was just Toby Driver behind the driver's seat, or maybe he had a little help from the people backing him up?

Ehnahre is made up of former members of Kayo Dot. They are signed to Sound Devastation Records and released their debut album, The Man Closing Up, on this label. Ehnahre likes to incorporate elements of doom, drone, death and black metal all into a not so easily accessible package. Just being a little bit like Kayo Dot, the music isn't something you can just put in and start signing along with immediately. But, once you see it, you notice that these guys know how to write a few smashing tunes. To a more straight-forward death/black metal approach (Part I, Part II), to songs that linger on a lot longer more like doom/drone metal (Part III, Part IV), they either show that they were apart of the creativity behind Kayo Dot, or were heavily influenced by it.

This album revolves around a concept, a concept I can't figure out yet, but it has a concept. Conceived around the texts of Donald Justice, the band describes the album as "a through-composed, singular piece of music, divided into five movements. Theses five 'songs' are intrinsically linked, through text, form, and motivic material. The texts are based on the improvisational poetry of Donald Justice. The dark and lonely imagery of the work informs the music, as well as the illustration of oceanic themes."

The music indeed fits the bill. The music throughout the whole album sounds dark, lonely and depressing. From the almost 5 minutes of just random bleeps and screeches (which I found pointless at first, but I found their purpose after a few listens), to the dark and brooding nature of all the vocalist's voices, this album will envelop you in sadness. The guitar will ring a sad lonely note, and the lyrics will paint a border-line suicidal picture. This isn't metal that is downright scary like, to say, Black Sheep Wall, but more metal that is depressing and to a point, thought-provoking, sort of like Burzum. The guitars are just dripping to the tip with reverb, distortion and who knows what other crazy effects. With 4 different vocalist's doing the job, the vocals vary a lot throughout the album, and the bass thumps to a lonely heart and the drums pound to a dark sky.

Even though I may not actually grasp the concept behind the album, I can feel the emotion put into it, and I can feel the pain of the voice, the disturbing pictures the instruments paint, the raging thunder clouds and lighting the vocals scream and screech. Ehnahre sure do play their own brand of metal, branching out a lot creatively and creating some crazy songs. It may not be the best metal release of 2008, but hell, it's up there and is contending.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SnackaryBinx
October 26th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I believe my past reviews haven't been so well, so I hope I wrote this one better.

Zoo
October 26th 2008


3759 Comments


I tried to listen to this album when it leaked. It was painfully difficult. In my opinion, this doesn't compare to any of Toby's work or Kayo Dot as a whole.

I don't remember any of your past reviews, but I think it's safe to say this would probably be one of your better ones.

SnackaryBinx
October 26th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what didn't you enjoy about it?

Mendigo
October 27th 2008


2299 Comments


amazing album, I'm digging this so much.
great review as well.

SnackaryBinx
October 27th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shit, my review is getting swalloed into the pit of no return yet again.

BallsToTheWall
October 27th 2008


44805 Comments


Sweet, you reviewed this. I put this ona n old list some time ago. Good review, i like this record.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Mendigo
October 27th 2008


2299 Comments


review should be featured, so everyone checks it out :/

BallsToTheWall
October 27th 2008


44805 Comments


I feel you. This album passed right by just like my Book Of Black Earth review. Everyone seems to miss it but one of my favorite extreme metal records of 08. I think you would like them alot.This Message Edited On 10.27.08

SnackaryBinx
October 27th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I asked if it could get featured and Jom said maybe, so I assume that means noThis Message Edited On 10.27.08

Wizard
October 27th 2008


19641 Comments


Very good review Snacky Cakes. I'm just starting to get into Kayo Dot so I think I will look into this when I have the time.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

SnackaryBinx
October 28th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

snacky cakes. lol. what a cute nickname wizard

SnackaryBinx
November 2nd 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not a bump or anything right here.

foreverendeared
November 3rd 2008


14678 Comments


don't fret i'm here to bump and give this a listen and pos the review and beat off... what?

SnackaryBinx
November 21st 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

did you ever listen to this foreverendeared?

SnackaryBinx
December 9th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I swear so many people would like this if they listened to it, or knew of it's existence

Mendigo
March 11th 2009


2299 Comments


needs more recognition. I'm suprised about the lack of ratings, it seems like the perfect sputnikmusic album, very heavy, lots of different metal styles, the whole thing being linked to Kayo Dot and being so great and everything.

rasputin
March 13th 2009


14555 Comments


yeah i finally checked this out from your blog john, and it's pretty cool. i only had one listen so i'll need to go through it a few more times, but i'm shining a positive light on it.

SnackaryBinx
March 20th 2009


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea man. this definitely flew under the radar for the amount of fucking times i've bumped it up



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