Ostrov
Noumenal


3.0
good

Review

by Martin L. USER (44 Reviews)
June 28th, 2012 | 13 replies | 1,515 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: on the verge, but not quite enough to send Ostrov over the edge

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

It’s certainly a blessing that Ostrov have resumed their brand of sludgy, punk-tinged metal into twenty-twelve, as it is definitely a style that could use a few acts pushing boundaries this year. A continuation and elongation of their 2011 demo, Ostrov grant listeners Noumenal, five more tracks of lumbering, ear-eroding, feedback-infused heaviness. Accompanying these riffs are hollow, droning wails and screams that layer the record in just the right places, making the record a well-executed stepping-stone that hopefully leads to bigger, better, and more creative directions.

Riddled throughout Noumenal are qualities that might be hidden on first listen, but shouldn’t be taken for granted. Ostrov knows exactly when to move and when to stand still; take, for instance, the dynamism of the last minutes of “People We Choose To Be.” The shift between mammoth-like chords and punk vitality is one that Ostrov handle with ease. “Naked Singularity” couples the sludgy aesthetic with a punk take on the sound, sped up with more coherent vocals. Think: His Hero Is Gone with less spastic songwriting. In fact, the entirety could have benefited from the energy and vitality of the aforementioned track. A lack thereof isn’t a glaring fault on the record, but there is some moments of noticeable drag throughout. As good as Noumenal may be, I can’t imagine it implementing much of a dent in my future listening; it’s well-executed but the EP is missing some vital creative juices that would surely separate it from contemporaries and influences alike.

An aspect that does set the Mississippi-based Ostrov apart from others recently that have gone for a similar style is that it doesn’t feel particularly exotic or otherworldly, like the French Karcavul or Polish black metal Mgla. Instead of reveling in distance or weirdness in respect to the listener, Noumenal is a work that hits hard from a closer perspective (to mine, and most likely yours, at least). It reveals a contempt and disturbance in the everyday and minute, rather than a faraway threat, per se.

Wandering back to the more concrete details of the album-- instrumentally, it’s the drums on Noumenal that help Ostrov to reach their most visceral moments-- epitomized by the closure of “Frame-Dragging,” where the wailing seems to only barely keep pace with the racing percussion. Similarly, I find it interesting that Noumenal begins with much more cacophony and obstructive noise than the rather calm ending of closer, “Australopithecus.” It’s fitting that they let the dust settle here, as it also signifies the EP as a much more complete release than its predecessor. While it’s certainly not a finished and refined product, it’s a clear sign of capability. This much is evident though from Noumenal-- evidenced by their sheer intensity and exuberance, they’re is capable of a superb release that surpasses predecessors and peers. Let’s hope we see it sooner, rather than later.



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Ire
June 27th 2012



41761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it rules tho

carouse
June 27th 2012



300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's definitely good, and my rating reflects that, right?
I could see it growing a little, and frankly there's not much wrong with it at all; it just struck me as "good."

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2012



17211 Comments


love this album. i've been thinking of reviewing it once i get some time to. my favorite sputnik-member release by far.

Digging: DJ Sprinkles - Midtown 120 Blues

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2012



17211 Comments


also the EP itself is just side A. side B is their old demo. i don't particularly think that Australopithecus and People We Choose To Be should even be mentioned in regards to Noumenal.

carouse
June 27th 2012



300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the information, that slipped by me somehow.

marksellsuswallets
July 1st 2012



4848 Comments


We just include the tracks from the demo with the download of Noumenal since they're both free so you don't have to download them separately. Also we're planning on having a full length and split out by the end of this year/early next year if anybody cares.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2012



17211 Comments


i care, brent. i care.

marksellsuswallets
July 1st 2012



4848 Comments




Ire
October 21st 2012



41761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so this is uh prob the only time ive ever meant this about a sput user release but uh...

WHY IS THIS GETTING GAY RATINGS IT'S ACTUALLY GOOD

marksellsuswallets
October 21st 2012



4848 Comments


I mean a 3 is still "good" I'll take it haha. There's only 3 ratings anyways.

brb 5'ing my own release cuz I'm butthurt maybe this'll be the next Rest omg ya think???

carouse
October 22nd 2012



300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's good in my eyes, please don't take my rating the wrong way! It seems like you aren't though, which is good to hear.

Ire
October 22nd 2012



41761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's my job to be butthurt in place of brent jsyk

Kris.
May 14th 2014



12345 Comments


https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/put-ostrov-s-new-convergence-album-on-vinyl

help a bro out, a dollar gets you a digital copy of the album. $20 gets you a copy on vinyl.



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