WHOURKR
Naat


4.0
excellent

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
June 26th, 2009 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


WHOURKR is a French experimental group who describes themselves as so.

"WHOURKR is an experimental band on the frontier of death metal and electronic music. No lyrics, a dense sound, suffocating and poetic, the music aims at deep ecology and human issues."

Naät is the debut album of the project, and from start to finish it delivers this aforementioned promised suffocating density with an impressive ease that will strangle you and leave you gasping for air. This might just be selling it short for those who are used to such bold claims, but like any metal album that could be described in such terms as an "onslaught of sound" or "brutally devastating" Naät certainly leaves a strong, if very rough imprint on the listener which will stick with you.

With the entire album balancing not-so-delicately somewhere between death metal, grindcore, electronic music and industrial noise opening track Cera is full of double-kickers, intense distorted guitars, vocal grunts and swirling glitch effects which brings to mind something similar to what Napalm Death would sound like produced by Aaron Funk from Venetian Snares. The rest of the album is no different, Hackta hits you like a brick, an atonal blast of screaming, sped up drum loops, blastbeats and white noise. Kommiu and Yum Nho Naat follow a similar suit, as does Nrrit which is distinguished only by the classical sample at the end. These comprise the bulk of the rather short Naät, and if it can be accused of anything based off these few tracks it sticks to the groups story and doesn't deviate one bit. As it turns out this is a good thing.

Out of what is left W is ten seconds of skipping noise, but the only song here that is remarkably different from everything else is Nhosg. With the intro based around a clean guitar pattern and orchestral synths, it doesn't take long to build itself into the intensity of the rest of Naät but it takes a different route by eventually trying to wrap the looped clean guitars around it's chaotic fusion of blastbeats, screaming and noise. It's an odd fusion that doesn't quite work perfectly, and smack bang in the middle of an album that is pretty much non-stop in its intensity it feels a little out of place. Minor criticisms, however as it is still a very good track and shows a lot of promise for the group.

Naät lives up to WHOURKR's promise of offering something different, but the group could still use some time to develop their sound. Its appealing fusion of subgenres works for the most part, tracks such as Cera and Hackta leaving the listener truly impressed. Fortunately this sense does not diminish much, as the albums length is short and it doesn't drag as much as it would if it were any longer. Though Naät is rough in many ways it is definitely worth a look.



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Wizard
June 26th 2009


19493 Comments


Why aren't you a contributer yet? This sounds amazing to my ears. Excellent review.

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Meatplow
June 26th 2009


5524 Comments


Thanks man.

I don't write that often I guess.

Wizard
June 26th 2009


19493 Comments


But you write better than half of the staff?

Album needs tracklisting/ release date.

Oh man, these guys are amazing (the two songs I've heard off this). Is he actually saying something or just making noises? The start/ stop moments are where its at.

Prophet178
June 27th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That was some crazy stuff, good review, I enjoyed it and the album as well.

Meatplow
June 27th 2009


5524 Comments


Thanks man, glad you enjoyed it.

But you write better than half of the staff?


Oh you. :] I am unsure if the staff is aware of my work.

I will try and edit the tracklist in.

Avirov
June 27th 2009


1206 Comments


Awesome review, described something hard to describe really well.

Should I, as a non-metal fan, look into this?

Meatplow
June 27th 2009


5524 Comments


Go for it.

Willie
Moderator
June 27th 2009


16049 Comments


Might be too noisy for me, but I'll give it a shot.

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Wizard
December 26th 2009


19493 Comments


Just ordered Concrete by these guys but I can't find this.

pride
December 26th 2009


227 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That is not so bad, concrete is better.

Wizard
December 26th 2009


19493 Comments


I won't be getting it until Jan.19th so I guess I might have to.....gasp* download this album.

Meatplow
December 26th 2009


5524 Comments


damn you are a slow operator Wiz

every new album you get must be like Christmas for you, I can only imagine the disappointments unwrapping bad presents ;]

Wizard
December 26th 2009


19493 Comments


damn you are a slow operator Wiz

every new album you get must be like Christmas for you, I can only imagine the disappointments unwrapping bad presents ;]


Hahahaha are you saying that Concrete is a disappointing album? To be truthful, I don't really care if I'm the last one to discover a band/ album. I order online and when I get it in the mail, I get it; I never feel the urge to download the first leak of anything because I always have a good stack of albums to sift through next to me.

Meatplow
December 26th 2009


5524 Comments


i've never heard Concrete just felt like wrapping a terrible christmas metaphor into conversation

lol, I said "wrapping"

Wizard
December 26th 2009


19493 Comments


i've never heard Concrete just felt like wrapping a terrible christmas metaphor into conversation

Who doesn't love terrible jokes? hahahahaha

Relinquished
December 26th 2009


25186 Comments


damn you are a slow operator Wiz

I know right

JJmcJizzle
December 4th 2011


100 Comments


Pretty crazy stuff. The skippy stop/start bits are pretty good. I do find this can get a bit much for one listen though.



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