Dear readers of AGM.com, meet the Swiss gentlemen of BLUTMOND.
The first sign of their existence reached me on a sunday afternoon via E-Mail. A certain “Jerry” of said collective asked me for label suggestions as they were trying to find a home for their freshly recorded album “Thirteen Urban Ways 4 Groovy Bohemian Days”. Well, I have to admit I was intrigued – the mail itself and the optics of their MySpace-page had a certain style, so I asked if it was possible to hear the album. It was – and after the first listening I could only think: “Why the hell do they not already have a label?”. In short: “Thirteen Urban Ways 4 Groovy Bohemian Days” is one of the most diversed, ambitious, thrilling and inventive albums I have heard for a long time, and I am not talking only underground here. Most established bands could do well with a little bit of their creativity. Luckily for BLUTMOND, Code666 shared my view and signed this up-and coming, promising band in the meantime.
Frst of all – BLUTMOND do offer a fresh mix of Black Metal with smoky cyber-jazz, early Gothic Metal with Pop, raging Black Metal with ambient passages, rainy and damp Backstreets with pornography. After releasing “Endzeit”, their debut album featuring well-executed but mediocre Black Metal, BLUTMOND have managed to grow far beyond their musical base and recorded something which takes a unique view on modern times – they have become representatives for Metal as it should sound these days, rooted in the traditional Metal styles and yet surpassing those with a visionary view into the future of our most beloved music style.
Second, their approach is, while sounding sincere in what they are doing, more of the cynic and ironic takes on urban centered Metal, and their point of view (though not musicwise) reminds me a little of LIFELOVER, T/M/K or even V.E.G.A. Something modern; darkness related to daily life. The whole album reeks of dirty streets, hangover, whiskey, vomit, sperm and Hookers in neonlight. The production of Markus Stock provides, modern and clear though it is, the needed amount of dirt and unpolished agression, and – most important – erases the least bit of doubt that BLUTMOND do not know how they have to sound whole after another transition between Black Metal, Jazz, Rock, Gothic or Drum ’n’ Bass. Yet, the most impressive thing is that you’ll find yourself wondering many times after repeated listens where you have heard this ONE part before – only to recognize that, yes, you have heard it before: On “Thirteen Urban Ways 4 Groovy Bohemian Days” (best example: The stand-out track “Cry.Sys” – godlike!). Hardly does a band achieve this feat, sounding as if you have know them since long when you couldn’t have.
Well, I could go on and on and on about “Thirteen Urban Ways 4 Groovy Bohemian Days”. In the end, there is one little adjective which should serve as a definite “must-buy” suggestion and describes the whole album best:
Label: Aural Music / Code666
Avantgenre: Pornographic Jazz Metal
Official site: http://www.myspace.com/blutmondofficial
Review online since: 12.10.2010 / 21:51:48
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