Count to Altek
Hybrid Symbiont


4.0
excellent

Review

by temptationFruit USER (1 Reviews)
July 31st, 2018 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Strange and confounding

Have you ever felt like your body and soul was being stretched apart internally " Like a particle grinder, in some far away place that just leaves you mortified, amazed, all at once " You can actually find it out by listening to Count to Altek's newest EP.


One thing that's a nice perk of being a viewer to someone else's art is it leaves a lot to interpret, and with material as esoteric as this, its even more difficult. So from this I just went by basic feelings when listening to Hybrid Symbiont. Its probably the easiest way to write this.

First I thought the drums sounded loud but obscure in the first song and it comes out very loudly from all angles. At the start, a shock of choir voices, deranged drums, deranged vocals, all come in what seems like massive layers. On first listen it almost sounds senseless. The thing that holds it together is the spacey atmosphere. But with a name like A New Hercules it brings to mind something detached and otherworldly. The structureless tune dirges on like a crazed monster while entering different scales and rhythms on a whim.

The next song enters with distorted saxophones and a more groove oriented drum beat along with layers of what sound like either guitar or bass. Im going to guess the later since there is no guitarist listed. There are meany free floating elements in this track that are hard to keep up with but it seems to keep the thundering intensity of the last song. It crescendoes, and then draws back... gets more intense, and repeats variations of this cycle during the 7 minute track. During this one you hear vocals that sound like those things on the cover yelling at you.

The last track is the best one, as it brings the moments that really caught my ear. It is Count to Altek being beautiful. Starts off with abstract sounds but a nice bass driven/ drum combo that ascends into wonderful chords and an expansive synth parade. This brings that strong ambient/ avantgarde jazz feel of other Count to Altek releases that came out recently. The track seems to just keep climbing from the moment it starts until about 10 mins in where it goes into a part that seems unnecessary where the sax just plays a few simple notes in a weird way with some chanting and light synth. It builds up to the ending 5 mins which is surely the most stunning part of the release as the drummer starts to show off and the melodies build in sound and start to sound like echoing Gregorian chants or church hymns.

A great EP from this group overall. While my main concern is they still need much better or more consistent equipment to take this (music) to its full potential. The drums need a much better microphone in my view. But they are shaking up boundaries and this one is no different.

4.0/5.0


user ratings (8)
Chart.
3.6
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
temptationFruit
July 31st 2018


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review. Could've been better.

Chambered79
August 1st 2018


159 Comments


Couple typos, keep writing!

Chambered79
August 1st 2018


159 Comments


Listening to this now

Chambered79
August 1st 2018


159 Comments


It's absurd so far, but p fucking cool

temptationFruit
August 1st 2018


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok I will go back and look this over at some point.



Yes it is absurd. But I like this because it has an engaging presence and despite being crazed is very emotive too.

AnimalsAsSummit
August 2nd 2018


3745 Comments


holy shit... been working all week and im just now seeing this. thank you man!

temptationFruit
August 3rd 2018


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a problem and nice work here.



Noticed I especially like the parts of sax and cello interacting. Great moments.

AnimalsAsSummit
August 5th 2018


3745 Comments


yeah man i appreciate you always giving my works a listen. we worked pretty tirelessly on this one for a solid few weeks.

temptationFruit
August 21st 2018


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is making me re-think the 1.0 I gave Penile Pesharim. I could not get that release.it really put me off and left a bad aftertaste. However this is like a perfect melding of serene and ethereal elements with the more involved &harsh aspects.



Ambient avant-metal seems like a good term for this stuff you do with CtA. Its just so different from anything else.

AnimalsAsSummit
August 25th 2018


3745 Comments


yeah, i don't really personally like to label my stuff anymore. more or less let the music speak for itself, though i do like applying concepts that keep a foundation for the music rooted in a mythos/ story that take place in far off realities... partially so people can have a reference for the music, and i also personally have an affinity for the ideas i implement in terms of backstory and mythology. but thanks man... i've just tried to make my music the kind of stuff i've always wanted to hear but have yet to find.

theYearis1999
September 22nd 2018


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That middle section of Shades of Azure Yesterday reminds me highly of the Matrix movies. Quite cool.

Digging: Motorpsycho - The Crucible

AnimalsAsSummit
October 28th 2018


3745 Comments


would never make the connection but damn that's awesome lol

temptationFruit
October 28th 2018


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the link to Opio, myles. I will get after it later on in the work week. I know Andrew hates how the drums came out for this but for a homegrown/improv release they're pretty intriguing to take in

temptationFruit
November 4th 2018


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Checked the new album. Highly impressive. I need to take it all in still. I like it much better than this on the first listens.

AnimalsAsSummit
December 4th 2018


3745 Comments


cool man! email me any time as well

AnimalsAsSummit
January 31st 2019


3745 Comments


Yo guys check this out



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy