Wednesday, September 30, 2009

'Black Metal-meets-Throbbing Gristle' band Yoga dishes out Holy Mountain debut -- just in time for Halloween


September 30, 2009

'Black Metal-meets-Throbbing Gristle' band Yoga dishes out Holy Mountain debut just in time for Halloween

If you thought there was nothing scary about yoga, think again! Yoga is a band that's been called a Black Metal version of Throbbing Gristle. The heavy, nightmarish acid-flashback sound of its debut album Megafauna is out just in time for Halloween. The disc is released on the intrepid tastemaker label, Holy Mountain (Wooden Shjips, OM, Six Organs of Admittance), offering these sample tracks: "Seventh Mind" (HERE), "Encante" (HERE) and "Fourth Eye" (HERE).

Understand this: Yoga dispenses a sinister frailty of howling swells in hissing static that combusts into crawling shock heaps, to the effect of Mayhem performing Twin Peaks incidentals in a prairie recorded by The KLF. A brief description casts them as black metal’s answer to Throbbing Gristle. The texture-based rendering of their compositions sails them on a strange sea between song and sound effect as it bobs along the waves like a dead man’s bottled message. Aspects of Goblin rehearsals in dead hills is interrupted as Monster Zero carves mountain sides with lightning breath. Oscillating leads pummel into churning riffs as if “Caledonia” was performed in an echo chamber near Lodi, New Jersey. The extrinsic properties of this work may result in disambiguation.

Aquarius Records said the following about Yoga's previous EP:

“The sound of Yoga takes the lo-fi practice space recordings of grimmest of the black metal outfits and combines it with the murky, muddy, noise-drenched blur of bands like Wold... even further, rendering their sound so muted and lo-fidelity that even when they’re blasting furiously, it still sounds like a busted music box or an old black metal 78. And then there’s the fact that Yoga spends a good amount of their time not blasting blackly, but instead, crafting synth-heavy Goblin-style film music, all throbbing bass and buzzing synths, creepy minor key melodies, and tons of haunting ambience. Those songs too are wreathed in a foggy night-on-the-moors sort of murk that ties those closely to the more blackened ones.

“The strange combination of grim and Goblin; the tripped-out, fucked-up recording quality; the damaged arrangements; and the looped, hypnotic quality turn Yoga into something totally out there, most likely way too abstract and psychedelic and deliriously lo-fi to appeal to folks looking for grim, buzzing blackness, but for the rest of you, if you can try to imagine some impossible mix of Philip Jeck, Wold, Goblin, the Skaters, and some of the super weird EEE unblack bands, all produced by John Maus and Ariel Pink, then you will flip for this.”

Artist: Yoga

Album: Megafauna

Label: Holy Mountain

Release Date: October 13, 2009

1. Seventh Mind (LISTEN)

2. Flying Witch

3. Encante (LISTEN)

4. Wagion

5. The Hidden People

6. Dreamcast

7. Fourth Eye (LISTEN)

8. Black Obelisk

9. Treeman

10. Warrior

11. Haunted Brain

12. Chupacabra's Rotting Flesh

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