Ephel Duath
Pain Necessary to Know


3.0
good

Review

by rogerdiscoversherpes USER (10 Reviews)
May 7th, 2010 | 9 replies | 6,769 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ephel Duath could never be accused of playing the populist card. Pain Necessary To Know may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it certainly is interesting.

Avant-garde music, in any guise, seldom presents an easy pill to swallow. There is often a certain intentionally angular and unsettling aesthetic which provides the music with part of its character. Much like a confrontational piece of art, avant-garde offerings tend to hold the listener at arms length, making them gawk at the mayhem from the outside rather than immersing them within. Italian metal maniacs Ephel Duath certainly produce music which fits this description on Pain Necessary To Know, peddling a unique blend of free-jazz and mathcore which, while unquestionably intriguing, keeps the audience uncomfortably rapt at a safe distance. It's this uneasy emotional starkness which will either keep the listener interested and give them something to take away from the experience, or be a bit too much for them to handle for more than a couple of tracks at a time.

Dense and disjointed is Pain Necessary To Know. This seems to be very much an intentional ploy, as there is no shortage of startling musicianship and inventive songwriting, but these interludes tend to be separated by passages of oppressive, repetitive riffing and pained screaming and shouting. Thankfully this busy, haphazard approach is counterbalanced to a degree by short-to-medium track lengths (so frequently scoffed at by the more experimentally inclined). This alone, however, is not necessarily enough to get anybody through the whole album in one listening. That's not to suggest that the album is intrinsically bad; on the contrary, it is rather good. But it seems very much a case of Ephel Duath knowing exactly what they want to achieve musically and pursuing that vision for their own edification rather than pandering to any constituency.

That's not to suggest, however, that Pain Necessary To Know represents the tired cliché of a love-it-or-hate-it record. There are enough quirky jazz riffs, slick time signature changes and post-modern film noir atmospherics to at least offer up an album that almost anybody can appreciate musically. Unfortunately it is unlikely that many will experience any visceral enjoyment to complement that appreciation, unless you have a particular love of that strange sense of anomie which the album engenders. What Ephel Duath have created then with Pain Necessary To Know is the sort of album that you'll dig up once in a while to play a crazy track to an uninitiated friend, but not really the sort of album that will soar to the peak of your all-time favourite list.



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Bitchfork
May 7th 2010



7584 Comments


Please don't ever say avant-garde music again.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
May 7th 2010



2887 Comments


pleonasm is sick

McCopper
May 7th 2010



1367 Comments


Sounded like the constand abuse of a trumpet with a hardcore background...

rogerdiscoversherpes
May 8th 2010



34 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In a nutshell - ya. That's pretty much Ephel Duath, McCopper...

MaskAtTheMasquerade
May 8th 2010



2887 Comments


constand

stabbler
December 29th 2010



1415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is undeniably original..and no less visceral than anything by between the buried and me

kitsch
December 29th 2010



5107 Comments


i loved the painters palette, doesnt sound like this has a legitimately low rating, just sounds like youre not very well versed in this type of music

sixdegrees
October 7th 2012



16951 Comments


this is good, but the Painter's Palette was better, especially with regards to the jazz elements.

Digging: Ted Nugent - Shutup&jam!

DeputyExorcist
October 27th 2013



69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Crystalline Whirl kicks ass.



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