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BLAST UNICORN


BLAST UNICORN

"Van Halo"

By Dark Starr
 
This is quite experimental. Not everything works completely for my ears. The thing is, if you like touch guitar, you’ll find plenty to like here. It wanders toward strangeness quite a bit. It also gets in the neighborhood of things like metal, King Crimson, Rush, Kraftwerk and Frank Zappa. It’s quite a ride overall.
 
The title track is the opener. Heavy and crazed, it makes me think of Rush a bit, plus some metal and King Crimson. It’s an intense cut that makes a great opener. More percussive and electronic, “Just Chillin'” is fast paced. It’s also suitably weird and yet tasty. With more of a noisy element to it, “Abteil” is also crazed.
 
Mellower and more electronic, “Blast Unicorn: Final Exam” is twisted yet also pretty. It gets crunchier and heavier as it continues, moving towards modern Crimson territory. It is one of the weirdest things here. Given the competition, that says a lot. Somehow “Ghostmodern” feels more melodic. It’s still got plenty of fast paced sound and oddities, though. It does get pretty hard edged after a while.
 
Somehow, “König Kaiser Kingdom Castle” makes me think of Frank Zappa in a lot of ways. It’s electronic and almost like Kraftwerk meets Zappa to me. Very hard edged, “Ausgeburt of Love” is also quite crazed. “Nonnenfinsternis” is very much like modern King Crimson. It’s fast paced, hard rocking and very bizarre, but somehow compelling.
 
Bombastic and percussive, there is a pounding to “Bobtail Builder.” Yet there is also melody present. It gets pretty intense at times and is quite dynamic, really. There is a lot of modern King Crimson in the mix on “Überhaupt,” too. More melodic and spacey, “Hitfall” is cool. “Schattenspender” is far more percussive in nature. The melodic elements take the front later in the piece. Much more of a stripped down piece of weirdness, “King Crumbles” is cool, too.
 
Sprinkled throughout the set are short bits of noise, soundscape and strangeness. They essentially serve as musical connecting tissue for the disc. It all eventually comes together for the closing piece, “Godshaped Ice Cream.”  It is the most mainstream thing here. There is almost a playful element to it. It’s bouncy and a little bit on the fun side. It’s my favorite piece of the disc.