Jodis
Secret House


3.0
good

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (81 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2010 | 12 replies | 7,077 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The minimalistic drone of minimalistic drone.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Aaron Turner was an extremely busy man in 2009, turning out three albums and not to mention running a record label (Hydra Head Records), representing with each new release everything great about the direction in which metal is going today. One of the three releases from Turner comes in the form of one of his many side-projects that seems to somewhat override classification once again. Secret House could be considered minimalistic drone, but with it’s naked parts showing too explicitly, it’s hard to imagine how Jodis can move forward with this type of sound. However, minimalistic drone would be a description worth two words for the band and Jodis proves how drone can lack so much variety and yet be somewhat fulfilling at the same time.

I would really like to get this out of the way first: Upon first listen, you will come screaming into this forum with comments like “Every song sounds the same!”, while the most elitist elite might retaliate with, “You just don’t get it”. Take it from me; every song on here could have really just been summed up on a three track E.P. However, after a few a careful listens, it’s safe to say that you will get the sense that the sluggish repetitiveness can be rather rewarding when listened to in the right mood. As you might have guessed by now, the density that seems to go hand in hand with more drone bands (Nadja) is completely flipped upside down, exposing the bare bones of drone metals fundamental structure.

Throughout the seven tracks presented, Jodis stick to single note ring-outs with a good dose of feedback that is backed perfectly by Aaron Turner’s cryptic singing abilities, stirring up high levels of melody as each track creeps forward. By creeping forward, what is really meant is that these songs are single movements in themselves that shape-shift more than they progress through transitions. Because the songs act as moulding blobs, every other instrument acts an accent rather than as a rhythmic movement. Take for the example the use of drums throughout each track, using tom-tom fills as a modulation rather than as a steady rhythm or a point where transition must begin. This can be a bit tedious at first because of the songs unconventional approach, but let these tracks sink you into hypnotic bliss and you will see what I’m driving at. One other noteworthy aspect to the album is the use of gruff vocals by Turner who puts a violent sway into the songs, intensifying their distress and unreal restraint as if he were building something up to tear it all back down again. This works particularly well with the few songs he does growl on and adds some much-needed human emotion to the plodding nature of each tune.

Referring back to the album moving forward in terms of sound, this is the reason why highly experimental stuff such as Secret House is strictly left for side projects only. It would be hard for Turner, or any other artist, to pump out three solid releases in one year without a slight misstep. Don’t let this fool you though, Secret House is still above average drone metal and anyone interested in the sub-genre should take note of this wonderful side project.



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Wizard
March 3rd 2010



18792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Another 2009 release out of the way. Why am I the only one with a rating on this?

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Ponton
Emeritus
March 3rd 2010



5775 Comments


Every song sounds the same!

haha, nah excellent review though.

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2010



17125 Comments


wasn't aaron turner also a guest musician on Mammifer's latest?

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Relinquished
March 3rd 2010



22429 Comments


You just don't get it.

This is raw, man.

Wizard
March 3rd 2010



18792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wasn't aaron turner also a guest musician on Mammifer's latest?

That wasn't his project, he wasn't exactly directing that project I think.

Every song sounds the same!

Hahahahaha that's not exactly the point but I guess I didn't word it right hahahahaha. Thanks Observer.

This is raw, man.

Sure is.

Wizard
March 4th 2010



18792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad to see this got some attention hahahaha.

Relinquished
March 4th 2010



22429 Comments


Yeah man three people, and only one bastard cool enough to rate it besides you.

Wizard
March 6th 2010



18792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Too elite for Sputnik hahahaha.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 7th 2010



8223 Comments


good review Karl, I apparently missed this

drone metal is such a boring genre though :P

Wizard
March 7th 2010



18792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is like bare-bones drone. It will only put you to sleep.

jingledeath
July 22nd 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really enjoyed this

Wizard
April 7th 2012



18792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hahahaha getting back to your comment a little late here silent. I recently bought Mamiffer's colaboration with Locrian and how wrong I was with my statement. He was busier that yet than once thought. Glad you liked this though. The review is a 3 because it's tad bit boring next to Greymachine and Isis.



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