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WHOURKR - Concrete
October 2008


01. Mindgerb
02. Antzcrowzing
03. Bore Injektion
04. Santo
05. Skovsnails
06. Slaagt
07. Freugz
08. Squirk
09. Cera Pollutea
10. Gorowatz
11. Groovinbear
12. Tawakitawa
13. Fatrubber
14. Plantea


It took me a long while to write this review. OK, I'll have to admit, I was being a bit lazy, but more importantly - "Concrete" by WHOURKR is the kind of album that one must listen to a lot before it can be digested and understood. Coming across like a Fantomas performed by cyborgs, WHOURKR's music is truly difficult to stomach.

So this is how it goes:

Pop CD into sound system...
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Weeks (months) go by
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Eureka!

Luckily, once the painful digestion is over, the listener realizes that "Concrete" is actually a brilliant little record. It's like owning a pet hedgehog - you're gonna get hurt by the spikes for the first few weeks and only when you get used to it, you can finally say "this thing is awesome, I'll call him Sonic". "Concrete" is kinda the same - you need to get used to the extreme cybergrind and noise approach before you can finally realize that the band's music is essentially a total deconstruction of extreme music. It's as if a computer was trying to patch together a song from some basic elements with only a few simple templates to go by. The various riffs, beats and insane vocalizations here all can be treated both as sovereign entities and as building blocks in the structure that is the very concept of extreme music. Now, the likes of Alec Empire, The Amenta, Drumcorps and Blacklodge have all tried this sort of thing with varying degrees of success; however, it is for the first time that I hear it in as concise a form as it is on WHOURKR's "Concrete". Obviously, in an album like this, it is completely futile to describe any particular song in detail, so let me just assure you that it all works well together and does the job of commenting on the very rhizome of what extreme music is. As a superficial example, the breaks in a track like "Slaagt" certainly fulfill this purpose.

With all this said, WHOURKR could certainly work on being more user-friendly. It took Alec Empire over a decade to finally come up with something that was as listenable as it was innovative, and perhaps WHOURKR similarly needs some time. Nevertheless, like Jägermeister, "Concrete" will remain to be something special that one needs to get used to but then begins to taste awesome.


Band profile: WHOURKR
Album: Concrete


 



Written on 21.03.2009 by
jupitreas
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MetalManic_Joel - 21.03.2009 at 14:59  
I get the same feeling from the band Pig Destroyer and their release Phantom Limb (I am not sure if these two even compare). I just for some odd reason will not completely abandon the album even though I have yet to really accept it.
Mr. Doctor - 21.03.2009 at 17:31  
Checked their myspace... Really awesome stuff. Hard to get into but I'm always searching for original stuff and this band sounds great in my book. I will have it on my wish-list.

Great review btw... I can understand that it's a bit hard to write about this kind of music. You put it out well
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.03.2009 at 01:04  
Never thought I'd see this reviewed on here. I stumbled on this a month or so ago after hearing it features the guy from Igorrr (who're even better). But yeah, great album.
S.K.Ø.M - 11.04.2009 at 20:10  
Its really great review........for a great piece of nourishing music...

i ve been trying to get into this record since this review had been posted......and YEAH... its awesome ... its not easy at all... its like the thin line between craziness and creativity
Darkside Momo - 08.09.2010 at 15:15  
I'm sure to check this, as I really like Igorrr's Moisissure.
Guib - 21.05.2011 at 09:04  
Just can't get into this, at all...
(((O))) - 21.05.2011 at 10:44  
This "Cybergrind/Breakcore/Glitch"-genre is awesome!
Collin - 21.05.2011 at 14:11  
I'm not at all familiar with the genre - the only thing I know remotely approaching this is The Amenta's n0n - but I like it. It's a "fun" album. Mindfuck!
I'm currently listening to Igorrr and I have to say SteveJoeDave is right, they are even better.
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.05.2011 at 17:02  
Written by Collin on 21.05.2011 at 14:11

I'm not at all familiar with the genre - the only thing I know remotely approaching this is The Amenta's n0n - but I like it. It's a "fun" album. Mindfuck!
I'm currently listening to Igorrr and I have to say SteveJoeDave is right, they are even better.

Haha, I dunno if I could get used to being called that. Glad you liked Igorrr though ;] The Moisissure album is truly something else.

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