“Time Burner”

By Dr. Abner Mality

No, this isn’t a plug for the Philm Phreaks section here at Wormwood (although visits are always appreciated). Perhaps some of you might recall the name of this band from the first decade of the 21st century. It got a lot of publicity for the involvement of one Mr. Dave Lombardo as drummer. Well, Lombardo is long gone in a somewhat acrimonious split, but PHILM has now returned to action with a new drummer.

I’m not sure how you’d describe this act, but “metal” is certainly not accurate. Experimental rock music is not far off the mark and I’d personally call it jazz rock, as there’s a heavy jazz element in the playing. I tried hard to get into it, but just couldn’t make the stretch, although there are points of interest. Piano plays a strong part and often in a free jazz style. In brief instrumentals like “Evening Star” and “Wade Through Water”, it isn’t too annoying, but when it comes to the 11 minute plus title track, I just gave up on it. Pretentious clatter is all I have to say.

That leaves a fair amount of more rock-based track. “Steamroller” is a pretty good stab at a FAITH NO MORE heavy kind of track. “1942” and “Seventh Sun” are off the wall rockers that have their dynamic, harder parts mixed in with more of a smooth rock feel. “WonkaVision” is a pure funk cut while “Spanish Flowers” and “Like Gold” are much more laid back and almost ambient. The vocals are a kind of bland, inoffensive tone.

It’s not something I’ll be returning to, but if you like the kind of exploratory music that used to pop up on 70’s FM radio, you might enjoy PHILM.