"Halo" (Exile on Mainstream; 2009)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

This project came to be when Ari Meyer of Einstuerzende Neubauten and Chris of Unsane got together. I don't what was said during those initial meetings, but at some point, they had to work out their ideas. I am sure that was an interesting series of meetings because these two performers come from very different musical backgrounds.

The final results as evidenced on this disc are different from what I expected. It's not as abstract as Meyer's background might have suggested and the hardcore sounds are fairly limited and spread out. There are light industrial influences and electronica parts sprinkled within. They have positioned pieces that contrast within each song and primarily it keeps matters interesting.

The playing is fairly tight. The varying styles and frequent pace changes helped to keep my interest. The mood is at times dark as they create some tense moments.

The only shortcoming was that I was really expecting more surprises and they were more subtle than I expected. Still, "Halo" shows a great deal of promise for a debut.

For more information, check out www.myspace.com/celanband.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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