Hunab Ku
The Gaze Inward


3.5
great

Review

by jakethemetalguy USER (6 Reviews)
January 4th, 2010 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hunab Ku's debut. Garth! That was a haiku!

When you pop a CD into the player, and, immediately, a demonic howl accompanied by stinging-sharp guitar slammage explodes out of it, you know you're either in for another muddied, unlistenable record, or a trip to a friendly, educational asylum. In the case of Hunab Ku's "The Gaze Inward," I can happily say that the case is the latter.

People who have heard anything by the Dillinger Escape Plan and its accompanying screaming reaming genre will note this album's similarity; Hunab Ku, differently, decides to forgo the thrash aspect of clashing cymbals and roaring guitars at times; they replace it with a detached, eerie atmosphere, or throw some accordion into the mix to keep things interesting. The lead's indomitable vocal range augments the instrumentalists' compositions hugely; he goes absolutely everwhere (read: shrieking, moaning, laughing, chanting, freaking out, etc). Combining all these attributes lends to a deadly assault; the catastrophic clangs, solidified by a shower of wails, can immediately give way to a reprise, lulling you into a deep relaxation before the comfort relents to another storm.

Over the CD's twenty five minute span, the band pulls out all the stops and shows you that they can go everywhere and anywhere they choose with their instruments of destruction. This approach is not without its shortcomings, though. In a genre as obscure as avant-garde thrash metal, even short songs can seem unapproachable; a mainstream music fan wouldn't understand or enjoy them. For the experienced in metal ensembles, or for someone willing to give the world of insanity a shot, this is a great place to begin (to have your brain destroyed).



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SeaAnemone
January 5th 2010


21429 Comments


I don't trust reviews until they have album art

jakethemetalguy
January 5th 2010


8 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I tried man, I tried. I uploaded it with a jpeg sitting on my desktop, but obviously the site didn't like it. :D

666Micrograms
October 29th 2012


923 Comments


This is a spastic, pointless mockery to the world of psychedelia.

Calc
May 23rd 2013


17366 Comments


just found this band....wtf is my apt description

Get Low
March 12th 2020


14328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is fucking crazy

MarsKid
Emeritus
January 25th 2023


21035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album gives minimal fucks and I'm here for it.





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