Kodiak / Nadja - Split-CD

2 songs
41:24 minutes
***** **

Kodiak bandpage / Nadja bandpage

It has been a busy year for Ruhrpott drone trio Kodiak who earlier this year released their self-titled longplayer and can now proudly show off a split-album with Canadian drone gods Nadja. While the more digitally minded fans of extreme sounds will be happy with the CD version, it should not be forgotten that split-releases were always ideal for vinyl releases, which is why you can choose between a 180g clear version that comes with blue and black splatters, or get the extra heavy 320g version on black vinyl.

As was to be expected from these two bands, both only play one mammoth track of twenty minutes each. Kodiak repeat the modus operandi from their debut, and maybe it’s just my imagination, but I get the impression when limited to the temporal constraints of a 12-Inch vinyl record, they live up to their fullest. Their contribution, titled MCCCXLIX The Rising End, starts out as a drone piece and only later on adds ultra heavy and incredibly sluggish beats that make this a finest example of contemporary drone metal. Toronto based drone duo Nadja shouldn’t need any further introduction. Their back catalogue is full of releases worth discovering, many of which – at least half a dozen – are split-records with likeminded artists. This time, they use their allotted space to come up with Fox Drone which is exactly just that: a long drone that should have the strongest effect on you in a dark room with your eyes closed. I can’t go as far as encouraging you to experiment with certain substances to enhance the experience. Nadja’s take on drone is sometimes rooted in what we come to think of as music, but on this split-record, they show themselves from their most experimental and least rhythmic way.

This is a highly interesting album that gives Kodiak the opportunity to surprise with another amazing drone doom hybrid, while Nadja’s drones in my opinion work best when they have more time – let’s say an hour – at their disposal to unfold their strongest effect. Fans of contemporary drone still get forty minutes of intriguing sounds for their money’s worth.

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