Huata/Bitcho
Split


4.0
excellent

Review

by Martin L. USER (44 Reviews)
April 11th, 2013 | 8 replies | 2,450 views


Release Date: 04/09/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: an ode to space

On their split with Bitcho, French-based Huata continue to expand their brand of sludgy, overpoweringly-atmospheric metal seasoned with flavors of psychaedelica. The sound of the first two songs on Split are easily comparable to heavyweights like Sleep or Electric Wizard, with their French lineage adding a European tinge. This precipitates in a looseness that the tracks embody. Far from mechanical, “the retaliator” embodies an organic spectrum of depth and color that parallels the striking album art and makes me wonder if somewhere beneath the noisiness there exists an adept drone band. Their command of arrangement and empty space is one part disconcerting and two parts awe-striking, and it’s with this talent that the two new Huata tracks easily outshine Bitcho’s one. What separates this split from the simple flavor-of-the-month appeal that so often plagues this brand of sludge metal is the complexity of arrangements that add dimensions and layers beyond what one expects.

Similarly, space and nature aren’t topics often ignored by metal bands heavy on the atmosphere. Some feel that acts like Alcest or Krallice are still busy beating this dead trope, but Huata proves that the horse still has some life. Where “10050 cielo drive” shines is not as a single track, but as a perfect complement to the celestial grandeur of the split. It oscillates slowly back and forth, reminiscent of more conventional sludge artists like Neurosis, and adds a mid-tempo, percussion-heavy track to counter the vacuity of the previous songs. Most of “10050 cielo drive” is less spacious, but never suffocating. It’s a shame, then, that the second half of the track features some incantations that are questionably cheesy.

Still, the best moments of the split are the drawn-out sections of “hercolobus” that really accentuate what Huata are able to accomplish with such minor changes in tone or tempo. It bodes well that the year’s first memorable metal release arrives via such unexpected names, and sets ridiculously high standards for the next atmospheric sludge metal act I stumble upon.



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carouse
April 11th 2013



293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would love more increments in the rating system at my disposal, because this would definitely be somewhere between 4 and 4.5.

You can find the album, here http://musicfearsatan.bandcamp.com/album/huata-bitcho-split-lp

scissorlocked
April 11th 2013



3479 Comments


niiice

will check

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oltnabrick
April 11th 2013



29282 Comments


Huata bring the riffz in spaaaace


Hercolubus is my fav off this split



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 12th 2013



6734 Comments


short and sweet

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 12th 2013



23634 Comments


u right good

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carouse
April 13th 2013



293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope you guys dig this much as I do, Huata is wonderful.

oltnabrick
April 13th 2013



29282 Comments


Split rules

carouse
April 14th 2013



293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for the kind words, silentpotato. I have not been writing very much lately but I think I will have the chance to write more in the near future, there are many new releases that look exciting.



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