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Monday, December 10, 2018

Blogovision 2018: Στο #11 του Γεράσιμου, Ancient Methods - The Jericho Records

The Battle Of Jericho, as described in the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament, is the album's central theme. The trombones here stand in for the Shofars, or ram's horns, used by the Israelite army to raze the city's walls (or so the story goes). Biblical references are starting points from which Wollenhaupt and a number of collaborators—including Regis, Orphx and Prurient—create vivid compositions. The LP's narrative is laid down in three parts, or "chapters," bookended by a prologue ("Walls") and epilogue ("In Silence").

The LP oscillates mostly between intense club fare—"Twelve Stones To Divide Jordan's Sand," "Array The Troops"—and pensive passages like "The City Awakes," whose ambient intro includes the sound of clopping hooves. This constant flux lends The Jericho Records a dynamism and a sense that anything can happen next. Occasionally, The Jericho Records gets a bit too literal. The melodising of clashing and swiping blades on "Swordplay," for example, is a bit on the nose. But you could also see this as one of Wollenhaupt's strengths: his ability to translate abstract ideas into clear sonic images is what makes The Jericho Records so impressive. (


Νο. 12. Uniform- The Long Walk
No. 13. Terence Fixmer – Through the Cortex
No. 15. Rhys Fulber - Your Dystopia, My Utopia
No. 16. Bambara – Shadow on Everything
No. 17. Unhuman - Devour Wrath Without Shame
No. 18. JK Flesh – New Horizon
No. 19. Adam X – Recon Mission
No. 20. Preoccupations – New Material

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