Jun 14, 2012
Shakhtyor - Shakhtyor ...
However, I think that post metal sound leads a main role in compositions of EndName, as German Miners keep ideals of strong, energetic doom metal with an aerial fleur of huge modern monsters like Neurosis. Just listen an opening track “E. Jasper”! The guys show all of their smokin’ aces with first riffs: technically impeccable structures of melodies, impressive heaviness of sound, a bit of sharp sludgy tunes and good middle tempo melodies. But if the first track could be viewed as a first attempt, the second one only confirms seriousness of Shakhtyor ‘cause the band just surely proves their skillfulness and talent to create an atmosphere though I still have a problem with definition of leading mood in sound’s palette. Second number "Handschuhmann" ("The Man in Gloves") is ominously gloomy and full of sinister intentions. Melody is simple, but it has the potential hypnotic effect due to repeating of the lead riff. The track “Паук Риба” (“Spider Fish”) is dedicated to real small but bloody poisonous fish – at least that’s what Chris said in his interview. Main riff-line of the song is played up in different variations, developing through the track’s length, gradually filling with weight and drive for almost 12 minutes, and each episode of this ichthyological drama has it’s interesting moments. The album is closing with 11 minutes “KI”, and here I say that the band can play not only modern heavy doom metal but also thoughtful psychedelic improvisations, it’s noticeable in “KI” and it’s a good ending for a hard-working day as this.
"Glory to Miners!" - inscription in Russian in the inlay of the CD’s booklet says, and I'm ready to put my signature under these words. Shakhtyor is unlike our beloved KYPCK (Finland), they do not sing into Russian, they do not sing at all, but I must thank them not only for such reverence in our direction – though it’s pleasant. Meanwhile, Shakhtyor differs from others instrumental bands not only with Russian name but mostly with their instrumental skills and, well, unique conception. Men demonstrate fruits of their hard labor in studio and the ability to clearly translate their ideas in hard riffs with heavy sound. Images embodies in melodies slowly sometimes – but hey! It is doom! It should be slow and heavy!
Words: Aleks Evdokimov
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