GEORGE KOREIN - Another Corpse

George Korein - Another Corpse

15 songs
46:35 minutes
Majmua / Fire Museum


Until now I have been rather fond of George Korein’s experimental outputs. Best known for being one half of post-apocalyptic ambient/noise/post-metal/experimental band Infidel?/Castro!, he concentrated lately on solo efforts that went from being vast and expansive (Memoirs Of A Trilobite) to the more quirky and experimental (Too Many Days, Somewhere On The Internet with his band Naked Mall Rats). But now I really have a hard time with his newest release Another Corpse, which in my opinion is just a little too much on the experimental side. Starting with a six track suite of tracks featuring the word “corpse” in their title, we get a modern day analogue of Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music. Not that it sounds exactly the same, but it’s a similar concept: two artists who can really make good music but decide instead to opt for nearly unlistenable noise. Only Espers’ Helena Espvall adds a few soothing moments with her cello, and Time Of Orchid drummer Keith Abrams ends the suite with Dave Lombardo like drum assaults, reminding me thus of the more experimental Fantômas.

The following three tracks are rather long and hard to follow. The concluding six track suite Flying Corpse is a little conciliatory. They are not as mechanic and sterile as the opening suite, but deliver instead short bursts of experimental noise where you for once can clearly discern the instruments, mostly bass guitar, I guess.

It’s been described as “ambience, noise, texture, distortion, scales derived from overtones, massed fretless basses playing false black metal, buzzing cellos, squawking clarinet loops, a blast beat”, and as much as I hate to copy label information, this pretty much sums it up. From Dadaistic post-classical noise over serial minimalism for a techno age and ending more organically although never really melodically, Another Corpse is really only for those who think they can take it all. I prefer Korein’s more normal stuff and guess it would be unfair even to try to rate an album like this.

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