The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation
Egor


4.0
excellent

Review

by Elijah K. STAFF
March 20th, 2012 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A dark, but ultimately beautiful record that sees The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation expand their sound, whilst retaining the same haunting presence as before.

The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation is a strange entity, straggling the line between a true musical vehicle and a bizarre side-project. An offshoot of the popular Dutch act The Mount Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, TMFDC began as an ambitious experiment to create murky and unwieldy soundtracks to silent films, such as Nosferatu and Metropolis. Yet the alter ego morphed into something else entirely, something more fleshed out and self-aware. Boasting their self-proclaimed "mutant jazz" sound, the band has released several albums filled with dark ambient soundscapes and jazz-lite elements. Until now, however, the band has always felt like a side-project; a mere vessel for the Darkjazz's more experimental leanings. But with its fourth record, Egor, the Doomjazz Corp. has crafted a bold and vivacious record that is as dark and perplexing as it is beautiful and brilliant.

Egor, for all intents and purposes, seems much closer to a Mount Kilimanjaro record than any of its predecessors. Featuring a less drone centered sound, the album draws influences from a wide array of ambient and jazz. It still retains the "free form" aesthetic that has been prevalent in both bands' works, utilizing it to give the album a very organic and spontaneous feel. Strings and brass play a much larger role than before, and the ghostly vocals reappear to give Egor that special eerie sound that the band is known for. Even with the solid instrumental work, the album's strength lies in the stunning atmosphere. A palpable tension hangs in the air at all times, even at the most lulling and comforting of moments. It's nigh indescribable, like a nagging thought in the back of one's mind. This energy permeates the record, managing to be more affecting than most records could ever hope to be.

The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation have always dabbled in the mysterious and phantasmagorical, but Egor is easily their most accessible and bold recording to date. At many points within the album's four extended tracks, it almost appears that there is a bit of structure rearing its head. Bopping trumpets and somber violins maddeningly dance with one another against the timbre's background, but it feels much more planned than ever before. This may come as a disappointment to those who've fallen for the uncompromisingly unhinged nature of the band's older material, but rest assured, Egor is beautifully composed. Darkness swirls and roils at all the right moments to create the perfect tension, only to explode in a cathartic release of wild jazz and noise. Segments like these appear fairly often during the album's near 70-minute run time, giving listeners plenty of moments in which to be completely immersed.

Once more, The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation has crafted an dark-ambient masterpiece fit for even the most jaded of musical adventurers. Within its bleak, formless shell lies a bevy of engaging sounds; an experience unlike almost anything one is likely to hear all year. Abandon all reservations and fall into the nameless and formless void that is Egor.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


19686 Comments


oh fuck these guys have a new record out?!?!?!

sweet will get right now pos

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


19686 Comments


cant wait to listen anthropomorphic was one of my favs from last year

Activista anti-MTV
March 20th 2012


3150 Comments


yeaaaaaaaa [2]

Imperial
March 20th 2012


1742 Comments


Will be listening to ASAP. These guys never disappoint.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


32055 Comments


How long have you had this?

Also, I predict your next review will be the new pg.lost

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


32055 Comments


pg. lost are vastly overrated so I tend to not give them the time of day, so this time Dev, I believe your powers have failed.


*deletes half-written pg.lost review* ;)

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


32055 Comments


I don't listen to them either, I just saw the leak pop up somewhere

Downloading this asap

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


4474 Comments


Great review! have a well deserved pos, man.

Imperial
March 20th 2012


1742 Comments


So good...

Samizdat
March 20th 2012


301 Comments


Ooooooooooooh, I likey-likey this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


32055 Comments


Holy shit, did not realize that this had leaked over a month ago

Where the hell have I been?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


32055 Comments


Dosed up on disco biscuits apparently

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


32055 Comments


And no andcas, only because your head is occupying far too much room up there yourself

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


32055 Comments


I like how andcas always assumes that everything must be some kind of one-upping, who has the better punchline, competition, whereas no one else really cares

You'll always win the pissing competitions when you're the only one soaking your trousers andcas

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


32055 Comments


What makes you think I'm being serious? lack of emoticon?

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 20th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeaaaaaaaa [3]



Xenophanes should write a review for that new Mars Volta album. It has very mixed responses so far.

fuckthatnoise
March 20th 2012


1479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omfg new mount fuji doomjazz? WANT.

Rev
March 20th 2012


9682 Comments


I only have Succubus but it rules so I'll grab this

Funeralopolis
March 20th 2012


12880 Comments


what does a doomjazz corporation assemble?

Digging: Sugary Sweet Machines - Deformity Disco

ComfortablyDumb
March 20th 2012


395 Comments


doomjazz.



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