YURT

"III - Molluskkepokk (This Is Yurt/Little Plastic Tapes; 2016)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Dictionary.com defines "yurt" as "a tentlike dwelling of the Mongol and Turkic peoples of central Asia, consisting of a cylindrical wall of poles in a lattice arrangement with a conical roof of poles, both covered by felt or skins." I don't know how that definition ties into how the band came about calling themselves Yurt, but I can tell you this: I can't imagine many yurts being able to survive the sonic avalanche that is "III - Molluskkepokk."

The music on this CD is very hard to describe. The words I used above, "sonic avalanche," seem to be pretty accurate. The music of Yurt cascades down in a crushing, endless, stream of pounding drums, devastating guitar and much more. It's unlike anything I've ever heard before. It just keeps coming and coming, driven as though by a bulldozer, and leaves you gasping for breath as the new track begins. Unprogged.com called it "a sort of cross between Hawkwind and Mastodon" and that's a better description than I can come up with, at least at the moment.

You really have to hear it for yourself, and you can, by checking out the band's websites at http://yurtattack.com/ and https://yurt.bandcamp.com/album/yurt-iii-molluskkepokk.

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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