Ground Zero
Last Concert


4.5
superb

Review

by engloa USER (1 Reviews)
November 16th, 2008 | 4 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An extremely satisfying summary of Ground Zero's eight year work in improvised sound.

Ground Zero's final work is everything it should be. Consisting of three lengthy tracks, the album serves wonderfully as an hour-plus summation of the group's eight year run.

The album begins with a piece titled almost anonymously as Multi Gravity 1, a barage of lush and colourful electronic boops, beeps and squeels that suddenly settle into a calm, tranquil atmosphere of electronics. This music is serene and lovely, allowing the listener to concentrate on the improvised sound of the piece. There is no melody, but harmony. An interesting abstraction, as you realise complexity through simplicity.

The swells are soon replaced by a percussive barrage as several drummers unleash a drum solo from hell that has little form and is all power. The sound is absolutley huge and continues for several minutes before a lone saxophone begins the melody of Miagetegoran, Yoru No Hoshi Wo amongst the chaos of harsh noise sampling and drumming that eventually falls into a strong improvised groove. Saxophones solo and drums pound with raw electronics and low bass to fill the space between. It is a wall of pure wonderful sound.

Everything finally fades to sub-bass silence for the final tune, Ground Zero's famous Consume Red. Beggining with menacing negative space, the listener can feel the darkness implied. This effect is accentuated by the cry of a sampled hojok, which seems to ring on forever. The piece slowly builds around this sound in density and volume before launching into a minimalist, dense interpretation of Dindi. This song is a sad but optomistic goodbye as the group travels into the beyond.


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Zippermouth
November 17th 2008


1305 Comments


A couple of things;
Its definitely better than MY first review, but you could work on a few things.
First off, this is way way too short.
Second... Try not to sound like your high when you write your review. "there is no melody, there is harmony..." you kinda sound stoned in a couple places.

FullOfSounds
June 30th 2017


15772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This rules, hard grower.

SandwichBubble
June 30th 2017


9988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice bump~ yes this does rule

TVC15
June 30th 2017


10168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules hard but Pekinese Opera is even better



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