Saturday, August 21, 2010

Yog-Sothoth - Hypnotic Crushery

Oh, what to do when of my little seedlings abandons the Swamp and perhaps narrowly escapes a gruesome fate? Merely shamble on, I suppose...
Not to be confused with Appalachian no-hyphen black metal project Yog Sothoth, this Minneapolis instrumental psych-metal band layers sheets of rippling guitars over thunderous rhythms to produce an effect very similar to what it says on the package. Yog-Sothoth separates itself from the post-metal non-genre by, instead of focusing on elaborate mutli-part compostitions and loud-quiet dynamics, simply picking a riff or two and beating the daylights out of it over and over and only adding more and more layers of feedback and chaos. The snarky song titles don't jibe well with single-mindedness of the songs or the decrepit atmosphere, leading one to question the sincerity of this form of worship, but on the other hand there's also a theremin. Make of it what you will.

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