|Review: Otargos - Kinetic Zero|
Label: Rupture Music
Year released: 2007
Review online: April 22, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
Otargos are a French Black Metal band who add in chunky portions of Death Metal crunch to their shimmering dissonance. It seems these guys are bigger fans of the likes of Thorn's debut album than the low-fi hiss of Les Légions Noire however, with a clear production and a futuristic approach to songwriting when compared to the filthy medievalism of their notorious French predecessors.
The guitars are set highly in the mix to generate the vast majority of the dark feeling in the music, although occasional synthesizer parts burst through to add an extra edge of dynamism. The riffing contains a lot of iridescent Dark Funeral-esque chords that are tremolo picked out, wrapped in a huge amount of delay to give a fantastic cavernous feeling to the music. All this echoes through the chilling waves of blastbeats and crackling gusts of hatred ensconced vocal work to great effect. The songs are all based around astrophysics and astronomy, fitting in perfectly with the overall forward thinking feel to the music, with tracks such as 'M-87' (named after a galaxy), and 'Open the Circular Infinite' in particular really sweeping you aside with their venomous blasting. The pace and feeling of the music is kept up for the entire album (bar the intro and outro, which are made up of entirely dark wave deep space ambient synthesizer), making it a consistent and exhilarating release.
Though Otargos aren't the first band to introduce futuristic elements to their music, they certainly do it better than a lot of bands I've heard, and even though I'd never heard of the band before checking out this album, 'Kinetic Zero' has certainly sparked my interest. Now to hunt down some of their earlier releases...
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