Church Of Howling Dog
CD (ltd. 300)
The talented multi-instrumentalist Kein from Ekaterinburg, Russia has already proven himself in such projects as Sol Mortuus, Prognostic Zero and Zinc Room, and now the time has come for his new incarnation - Church Of Howling Dog. The labels Evil Dead Productions and Zhelezobeton Distribution Division present his first full-length work "Umbra".
"Umbra" is slow hypnotic instrumental psychedelic rock. Reverberated guitar chords, slides and coarse fuzz, a dispassionate drum machine and psychedelic string percussion, delicate organ pads, the hum of guitar amplifiers and the wheeze of cello - these are the elements creating this tapestry. Pleasantly enough, the author knows how to treat silence as it plays a significant role in his compositions - each note takes its time to fade away, mesmerizing the listener with its vibrations.
Some familiar musical landmarks to be mentioned here are Earth albums "Hibernaculum" and "The Bee Made Honey in the Lion's Skull" (although Earth is more monotonous and straightforward), and the famous OST for the Jim Jarmush movie "Dead Man" by Neil Young.