Friday, February 12, 2016

Album Review: "Jedva Čekam Da Nikad Ne Umrem" by Pogavranjen

Jedva Čekam Da Nikad Ne Umrem

Years ago I had an old friend whom I always took to be a little bit weird.

I suppose my thinking he was weird is why my wife didn't much care for she considers me to be about 8 cards short of a full deck.

Well, my buddy was a big fan of music. His musical tastes were a bit off the beaten path to say the least. He always told me about how when it came to music, for him it was the weirder, the better.

This fellow is the only person I have ever known to have a raging man crush on Mike Patton. Anything Patton did, my buddy walked over the CD shop next to his place and picked it up.  That is everything except Faith No More which he viewed as sellout crap that allowed Patton to be weird for a living. My friend's taste in music always stuck with me to a point.

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"Vampires pretending to be human pretending to be vampires. How avant garde."

The Vampire Claudia, portrayed by a young Kirsten Dunst, said that in The Interview With The Vampire.

To the best of my knowledge, no one in Pogavranjen is a vampire, but they are from Croatia and who knows what goes on over there once the sun is down.

The are however conceptual artists pretending to be musicians pretending to be conceptual artists.

This is a huge compliment. Anyone can be a musician, but it takes something special to be an artist.

Gene Simmons is a musician, but Steve Vai is an artist.

Their songs are like a musical gumbo prepared by the millennial post modern set for trolling the masses. The songs are dissonant, yet beautiful; blues based, but metal; existential, but comforting.

This album feels like the end of an existential crisis of self. It begins with rage and ends with an echoing acceptance.

Feel its anguish and accept the unknown.

Release: 2/15/16
Genre: Avant Garde Black Metal
Label: Arachnophobia Records

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