Indian, "The Unquiet Sky"
The Unquiet Sky. This is not only the title of the album. It's a warning of what is to come. These guys are yet another practitioner of the noise/dirge phenomenon that is starting to really catch on lately. For an old school Neurosis fan like me this is not a bad thing. Indian do this sort of thing very well, combining the music of Beyond-era Cult of Luna with some truly harsh rasping vocals that remind me of Kirk from Buzzoven. This is not a Cult of Luna rip-off however as there is also quite a bit of Godflesh, Unsane and Neurosis in here. They also do not intersperse the music with lighter moments, just a slight variance of tempo from faster to slower. This is one noisy fucking record. Indian heavily distorts the guitars and bass beyond recognition. The vocals are so raspy that at first I thought they were distorted but that sounds like all throat to me. They probably even thought about distorting the drums, but decided not to at the last minute. There isn't a clean moment on this album, even if the production is very solid allowing this miasma of noise to be appreciated for its individual components. This album is far more than the sum of its parts. The only way to describe this would be that this is what everything sounds like after seeing a Motorhead show and you were up front with your head in Lemmy's amp the whole time. Trust me, I've done it. Now I have to go do something less stressful on my head, like putting it in a vice. It won't crush the old coconut like this album does, but it's worth a shot.K.Huckins