Bruce Lamont
Feral Songs for the Epic Decline


3.5
great

Review

by Tim Verhoeff USER (19 Reviews)
September 5th, 2012 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You're allowed to not get it.

Bruce Lamont is best known for his work with Yakuza. All you need to remember about Yakuza is that they're not a one-trick pony because that's all Bruce's solo album has in common with Yakuza. The metal, prog-rock and jazz of Yakuza have all been replaced on Feral Songs for the Epic Decline with is a mix of singer-songwriter, drone, folk, sax and industrial noise.

The record starts of beautiful and calm with guitar and voice. A simple droning rhythm which slowly turns into a mantra. After 8 minutes it suddenly goes quiet and percussion steps in and the build up starts over again.

If you think you've got this record figured out after song one you're wrong. Minimalistic-drone-folk is what comes to mind when you hear a song like The Epic Decline, which could have easily been on a WovenHand record. The references to folk, WovenHand or even Tomahawk's Anonymous record also emerge on songs like Year without Summer and 2 then the 3.

But on other songs Bruce takes a drastic turn. Although drone is a word that will come up throughout the entire record the singer-songwriter elements disappear on songs like The Book of the Law (noise) and Disgruntled Employer (jazzy sax-drone). Eventhough Deconstructing self-destruction starts with a folky guitar sound it quickly turns into black-metal influenced noise.

Overall this is a great record, but it isn't for everyone. The dark and brouding nature of this record make it a great experience for everyone who likes bands like WovenHand, Sunn O))), Yakuza and Tomahawk.



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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
September 5th 2012


4458 Comments


I do like Yakuza, so I probably should at least give this a chance.

GiaNXGX
September 5th 2012


4867 Comments


singer-songwriter, drone, folk, sax and industrial noise.


Automatically enters my list - Can't wait for the new Yakuza album.

MichaelSnoxall
September 5th 2012


12163 Comments


Will check this. Pos.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 5th 2012


6344 Comments


This is interesting, might check.

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Wizard
September 5th 2012


19644 Comments


Be careful guys, this isn't as intriguing as you might think and I love out-there shit like this. Good review nonetheless, album was alright but too scatter-brain for my liking.

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Lenix
September 5th 2012


793 Comments


Seems interesting.

someguest
September 5th 2012


21390 Comments


album cover is awesome

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