Mamaleek
Kurdaitcha


3.0
good

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
March 2nd, 2011 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mamaleek have the potential to take the underground metal scene by storm, but "Kurdaitcha" simply holds too many quirks and kinks to be considered anything other than a novel attempt.

Mamaleek are so close to there, it’s painful. So much is working in their favor, that it’s no difficult task to see that these guys definitely have potential to make waves underground someday. They’ve got an air of mystery surrounding them; two brothers making dense industrial, black metal from their bedrooms, with absolutely no public face in which to connect their music. A mere vintage photograph of two young grade school children has surfaced, the only vindication of Mamaleek’s existence. After floating around a bit and releasing a self-titled, the two were quickly picked up by Enemies List, home to Xasthur and Have A Nice Life.

Yet the obfuscation and haze surrounding the band is a small draw in comparison to their bizarre and alluring sound. Mamaleek mix an interesting concoction of black metal, industrial, lo-fi, and world music. It’s a little disorienting to say the least, with so many influences sort of bloating the product. Their closest contemporaries in terms of sound are their label mates, Have A Nice Life, and just about every other at home metal project, most notably Nahvalr. Throw a little Middle Eastern influence in the mix, and that’s the closest one could get to describing Mamaleek. Despite the convergence of odd influences, the weird aural quality the band is really the duo’s greatest asset.

However, as I mentioned, Mamaleek are merely close to being there, as Kurdaitcha just doesn’t quite hit the mark. It’s bursting with fantastic ideas though, and it’s clear the two men behind the band have their heart in their work one-hundred percent. Still, the entire album comes off as a little hackneyed and misguided. It’s a dense and fuzzy black metal expedition, with no real leader, and absolutely no sense of direction. While certain tracks grab the listener, others simply float on by unassumingly. Those tracks, “Sinner Won’t Die No More” and “What A Trying Time,” are intriguing experiments in themselves, but don’t do much to hold interest. Bordering on ambient noise, the two tracks are grating and dull, especially the latter, as the majority of the song is nigh inaudible. These minimalist efforts are dwarfed the shadow of the other tracks, however, for Mamaleek are really at their best when at their most bombastic. The distorted industrial stylings of “The White Marble Stone” and “The Hypocrite and Concubine” really create a frenzied and dense atmosphere, with the low-tuned, fuzzy guitars truly making an enveloping sound. These pieces sound more in line with what one would expect from a bedroom black metal project--dark, haunting, and with a laissez-faire type of production. Yet the frequently used vocals leave much to be desired. The black metal thing they have going really works for them, but the screeched, grating vocals detract from much of the album.

Much of Kurdaitcha is a sheer pleasure to listen to. It’s bold, and a fresh injection of ideas into the stale and formulaic “bedroom project.” For example, “My Body Rock Long Fever” is fantastic; a trippy but beautiful blend of electronics, chanting, and dense metal. It’s memorable for sure, but it’s honestly the only thing here that is. The rest is give or take, with literally nothing (aside from the before mentioned track) standing out as expressly wonderful. That being said, Mamaleek are still in their infancy, and although it goes without saying that they will never truly “break out,” this band is definitely one to keep an eye on.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 2nd 2011


10611 Comments


This is veeeerrrrryyyy close to a 3.5, probably about a 3.249.

If you have any interest in this, I would recommend acquiring it.

Pay as you like:
http://www.enemieslist.net/mamaleek/

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

ButcheredChildren
March 2nd 2011


5591 Comments


I have never heard of this band before in my life
based on this review I probably never give them a proper listen

Skyler
March 2nd 2011


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Agree 100%

Tyrael
March 3rd 2011


20899 Comments


Cover is a little bit scary. Good review Xeno!

balcaen
March 7th 2011


3183 Comments


dug this a lot more than i thought i would judging from your review... i kind of hope these guys put out more stuff because i agree with the 'almost there' aspect, but i'd give them more credit, because unlike most 'ambient noise' stuff, my attention's actually kept here.
nice review!

DBlitz
March 7th 2011


1690 Comments


this is p cool

struth
March 10th 2011


435 Comments


this is probably a 4.5 - 5 for me

BikeInPond
March 11th 2011


54 Comments


Your review sums it up perfectly.
This album is so close to being a keeper, but there's something key missing, something to hold it all
together.
I haven't heard so much potential from a band in a long time; COME ON MAMALEEK, YOU'VE ALMOST GOT IT.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2011


23909 Comments


I have never heard of this band before in my life
based on this review I probably never give them a proper listen


hahahaha what the fuck why even comment? what a moron. I actually miss his retarded posts; they kept me entertained

Jesus christ is that a fucking aborted baby in struth's avatar? What the FUCK

holy shit this (short) thread sidetracked me.

BACK TO THE POINT (or, let's get to the point for the first time)

this review was good, but I still want to check it out because Balcaen likes it and omg balcaen

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

Xenophanes
Emeritus
June 1st 2011


10611 Comments


Yeah bal's got pretty fucking excellent taste......





Except when it comes to this....

MutnikSpusic
July 12th 2011


560 Comments


woooord

FatChickIrl
July 15th 2011


4096 Comments


There are some really great things to this but then there are some really low points, if they direct their music towards bm then this will be so fucking awesome

MutnikSpusic
July 16th 2011


560 Comments


wooooooooooord

MutnikSpusic
July 18th 2011


560 Comments


this is slowly becoming my favourite album ever

balcaen
August 18th 2011


3183 Comments


eh, after the initial delirium wears off this is kind of tedious and overkill-y. my stokedness over this was good while it lasted but band needs to bring back some of the weird shit from fever dream.

keefrzreefrz
August 18th 2011


83 Comments


this is how you do black metal was hapenin nigas

North0House2
September 19th 2011


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is totally more than a 3. I dunno what you guys are talking about.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins on Io

balcaen
September 19th 2011


3183 Comments


it wears off, having a lazy, out-of-place drum machine in black metal and a bunch of lame burzum-y tracks really kills it imo. really neat concept they've got going though.

North0House2
September 19th 2011


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah, I just started listening to it a few days ago... So it might wear off. This seems like one of those albums that I'll just indefinitely love, though.
It has all the things in it that I love, crunchy guitars, weird little acoustic and ambient sounds now and again, and unintelligible vocals.
If Tweez was BM, I think it'd definitely sound like this.

North0House2
September 20th 2011


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listened to this all day yesterday.



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