AMN Reviews: Albatre – The Fall of the Damned (2018; Shhpuma/Clean Feed)

On the heels of the new Ikizukuri release, bassist Gonçalo Almeida returns with another trio that blurs the lines between jazz and metal. This time, he is joined by Hugo Costa on sax and Philipp Ernsting on drums and electronics. In addition to bass, Almeida also plays keyboards and electronics. The Fall of the Damned resembles what might happen if a punk rock group attempted to play like King Crimson, Ornette Coleman, and Philip Glass at the same time.

From the outset, it is clear that Albatre enjoys a little dissonance in their morning coffee. Almeida and Ernsting lay down labyrinthine and yet semi-repetitive rhythms, over which Costa provides punctuated, staccato lines, as well as angular and wailing leads. The keyboards and electronics are mostly for purposes of atmosphere, and add an ominous feel in line with the album’s title. For the most part, the seven tracks (ranging in length from four to eleven minutes) move along at an agitated and hypnotic pace.  Almeida makes generous use of bass harmonics and strumming in synch with Ernsting’s pounding yet minimalist patterns.

Comparisons? Aside from Ikizukuri, the avant-rock group Present might not be a bad place to start, though Albatre is more stripped down. The U.K.’s Warren Schoenbright is another reference point. Regardless, this album comes recommended for anyone who is into some youthful and erudite aggression.

Avant Music News Most Popular Posts of 2018

While this list leans heavily toward “best of” posts as well as posts from earlier in the year, it is still interesting data on what happens to catch people’s eyes here on AMN. More year-end lists to follow…

  1. Avant Music News Best of 2017: Part II – Albums of the Year
  2. Avant Music News Best of 2017: Part I – Honorable Mentions
  3. Avant Music News Best of the First Half of 2018
  4. ECM Records to Release 21CD Art Ensemble of Chicago (and Related) Box Set
  5. AMN Reviews: SUSS – Ghost Box (2018; Bandcamp)
  6. 2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part I
  7. Now Hear This Festival in Edmonton, March 21-25
  8. DownBeat Announces Winners of the 2018 Int’l Critics Poll
  9. Rare John Zorn Interview About the End of his Masada Project
  10. King Crimson World Tour in 2019 – First Dates Announced

Cold Spring News

Source: Cold Spring Records.

Available for pre-order now:

MZ. 412 ‘Svartmyrkr’ CD / LP / Ltd LP / T-Shirt (CSR257CD/LP/TS) – out 8th February
Anni Hogan ‘Lost In Blue’ CD / LP / Ltd LP (CSR266CD/LP) – out 8th March

Imminent:

Viviankrist ‘Morgenrøde’ CD (CSR268CD)
Left Hand Right Hand ‘Biting The Hands That Bleed You’ CD (CSR254CD)
The New Blockaders ‘Live At Sonic City’ CD + DVD (CSR261CD)

Plus new albums from:
Soft Issues, Kollaps, The Telescopes, Det Kätterska Förbund (Nordvargr + Trepaneringsritualen)…the fifth and final 2CD in our Dark Britannica series: “The Forme To The Fynisment Foldes Ful Selden”

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Sunday, December 30th: Nearly New Years Celebration!
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG and TOMAS FUJIWARA – Clarinet & Drums –
Final Fabulous Duo Set for 2018 Here at DMG!

Sunday, January 6th:
6pm: JORGE NUNO / ARON NAMENWIRTH / REGGIE SYLVESTER – Two Guitars & Drums
7pm: WILL GREENE – Guitar / JESSE HEASLY – Electric Bass / RAF VERTESSEN – Drum

Sunday, January 13th:
6pm: DISSIPATED FACE 2019: STEPHEN POPKIN / KURT RALSKE / DANIEL CARTER /
WILL DAHL / BILL MILKOWSKI – In memory or our guitarist Michael Lublin who passed in 2018
7pm: DAVID MEIER / JONATHAN MORITZ / TODD NEUFELD – Drums / Sax / Guitar

Sunday, January 20th:
6pm: MATANA ROBERTS and DARIUS JONES – Alto Sax Duets – First Time Duet!
7pm: RaaDie: LORENZ RABB – Trumpet Electronics / CHRISTOF DIENZ – Zither Electronics

Sunday, January 27th:
6pm: MATTEO LIBERATORE / JON IRABAGON / TOM RAINEY – Guitar / Saxes / Drums
7pm: EMILY DENISON / ANDREW FURLONG – Trumpet / Bass