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ALBUM; PERBURUAN ABADI MASTODON

Artist : Mastodon

Album : The Hunter

Release : 2011

The Hunter

Lupakan formula mewah, berat, tinggi dan anggun yang terdengar begitu jumawa pada album Crack The Skye. Lalu mari melongok lebih jauh ke belakang, Blood Mountain, Leviathan, Remission, sebut satu persatu aneka ciptaan mereka terdahulu, semuanya akan terdengar begitu kasar setelah kita mencoba mencicipi hidangan legit bernama The Hunter ini.

Album ini menggabungkan progresivitas era Blood Mountain dengan kesopanan ala Crack The Skye. Progresi tinggi dengan ciri kombinasi drum yang (tetap) prima dan rapat, ditambah liukan-liukan gitar nan ganjil ala Brent Hind dan Bill Kelliher. Mungkin inilah rasanya mendengarkan Crack The Skye yang dipepatkan dalam durasi dibawah 5 menit. Indah dan padat.

Hal yang juga menarik adalah mengetahui orang-orang yang membantu di album ini. Mike Elizondo adalah orang yang mereka pilih untuk mengisi bangku produser, sempat bekerja dengan artis semacam 50 cent, Maroon 5 hingga Avenged Sevenfold, “We’re all about doing things that other people don’t, so let’s do an album with the guy who just worked with 50 Cent and Eminem. How crazy is that? We always try and embrace the unexpected.” Ucap Brent Hind, seperti yang dikutip dari web mereka.

Adapun mereka kembali bekerja sama dengan Scott Kelly (Neurosis) di track “Spectrelight” setelah sebelumnya sempat menjadi tamu pada track “Crack the Skye” di album Crack the Skye. Paul Romano, sang illustrator yang mengerjakan artwork Mastodon dari album-album awal pun harus terdepak oleh AJ Fosik, seniman pahat yang mengerjakan artwork keseluruhan album ini.

Selain itu, tidak seperti album-album terdahulu yang berkonsep khusus dan punya tema, The Hunter seolah menjadi pendobrak tradisi. Tanpa harus berpatokan pada satu ide, setiap lagu di album ini tidak memiliki benang merah satu sama lain. Semuanya mengalir dengan ide dan konsep masing-masing. Beberapa bahkan tidak mempunyai tema yang masif.

Mastodon

 “Black Tongue” membuka The Hunter tanpa rasa malu, Troy Sanders didaulat untuk memegang kendali vokal. Aroma Blood Mountain terkuak cukup tajam, hanya saja dengan tempo yang relatif lebih lambat ditambah tingginya groove dan harmonisasi. Cukup baik untuk memperkenalkan dan mewakilkan suasana album ini.

Lalu dihajar dengan “Curl of The Burl”, track tempo sedang yang menceritakan para –apa yang disebut oleh Brent Hind sebagai- meth heads di kampung halaman mereka. Dengan klip video yang sama stonernya dengan tema dan riff lagu, track ini sangatlah menyenangkan.

Mastodon menunjukkan bahwa mereka belum terlalu tua untuk tetap bermain-main, “Blasteroid” membuktikan itu. Track singkat sepanjang 2:35 menit dengan ketukan, tema dan permainan yang terdengar begitu bersemangat juga “ceria” (terlalu ganjil untuk memakaikan kata ini pada band sekelas mereka, tapi begitulah faktanya). Bayangkan anda mendengarkan hardcore punk dengan begitu banyak printilan dan hiasan di sana-sini, cepat tapi berat.

“Octopus Has No Friends”dan “Dry Bone Valley” mungkin bisa saya sebut sebagai sebagai track dengan peringkat menengah disini, tidak terlalu mudah untuk dijadikan hit tapi terlalu padat dan bergizi untuk dibiarkan begitu saja. “ I came to and i was running from you/ Feel your breath on the back of my neck “ keluhan mengenai ketakutan yang dieksekusi dengan pas oleh Brann Dailor, ketukan yang serasa dikejar-kejar dan begitu terengah-engah.

Apabila ada pertanyaan mengenai track favorit saya di album ini, maka biarlah “Creature Lives” menjadi penyandangnya. Nuansa megah ala Pink Floyd dengan vokal pasti milik Brann Dailor yang semakin menegaskan bahwa pria inilah yang memegang setengah kendali otak Mastodon.

Cerita sedih tentang makhluk rawa yang mengalami penolakan dan tertawaan seolah menjadi cerminan kehidupan sehari-hari. Merasa kurang “metal” karena memberi predikat favorit pada track ini? Biarlah, karena kepantasan sudah terlanjur saya gantikan dengan kepuasan. Yang jelas, daun apapun yang mereka konsumsi, namun menyajikan track tak terduga ditambah komposisi gila macam ini jelas harus di umpat dengan satu kata : brilian!

Ditutup dengan balada 5 menit yang diberi nama “The Sparrow”, berkisah tentang Susie Polay, istri salah satu teman mereka yang meninggal karena penyakit kanker. Penutup sempurna yang seolah-olah sebagai himbauan untuk merenungi album ini dari awal hingga akhir.

Mastodon telah menunjukan kelasnya di album ini, tidak dengan memberi asupan teknik, tema ataupun komposisi yang jauh lebih kompleks, namun menyajikan dengan cara lain tanpa harus terdengar stagnan. Seolah memamerkan bahwa otak mereka tidak lebih sempit dibandingkan 4 elemen. Dan bagi Mastodon, perburuan tidak akan pernah berhenti.

Fight for your right!

Wahyu

 

 

1, 2, 3, 4; What Is Your Favorite Arctic Monkeys Album?

Let’s face it, our favorite Post-Punk Revival boys have grown up since their early days. Marking the release of their fourth album earlier this year, Rush Reviewer is going to take you down memory lane which is the Arctic Monkeys discography.

Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)

Arctic Monkey’s debut album saw young, Oasis-influenced lads from Yorkshire who wish to play their music a little bit louder and faster than their main influences. Being, in my opinion, one of the most memorable debut albums of all time, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is a masterpiece of its kind. Though the songs are simple and lyrics somewhat shallow, this album has created a legacy of bands who dream to be just as quirky and successful as the Arctic Monkeys. All in all, not that many bands are blessed to receive superstar acclaim from their debut album.

Memorable songs: Riot Van, Mardy Bum, When The Sun Goes Down

Favorite Worst Nightmare (2007)

Released less than a year after its predecessor, Favorite Worst Nightmare brought the band to the mainstream audience. It was greatly covered on MTv and much to the dismay of many indie purists, Arctic Monkeys became mainstream. Furthermore, I think that even though the songs in this album are equally exciting as the tracks on their previous album, they lack consistency. The second half of the album fell quite flat if compared to its first half, making it (not quite) a sophomore slump.

Memorable songs: Brianstorm, Old Yellow Bricks, 5O5

Humbug (2009)

The band created their masterpiece with the release of their third album, Humbug. There was not much hype going on around this particular album and after its release many critics had panned it to be mediocre (though they later changed their mind). To be honest, I did not listen much to it for the first few months too. However, time passes by and I started listening more and more to it and that was when I realised how much of a gem this album truly is! Dark, moody, and personal, Humbug is a diamond in the rough.

Memorable songs: Dance Little Liar, Cornerstone, My Propeller

Suck It And See (2011)

Abandoning the gloomy sound of their third album, Arctic Monkeys opted for a fresher, retro vibe with their lastest release. Suck It And See cannot compete with the experimental genius of its predecessor, but it can be treated as one of those "we make this record to have fun and remember how we got to make music in the first place" kind of albums. The sound projected by the album is more diverse and the songs are mostly peppered with 70s rock; a somewhat unoriginal move I must say as many indie bands of today have reverted to that era for influences too. Still, this album is highly enjoyable.

Memorable songs: Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair, Suck It And See

So, what is your favorite Arctic Monkeys album? We would like to know!

Over and out, Arlinka.

The Rip Tide, An Intimate Journey to the World of Zach Condon

Artist       : Beirut

Album      : The Rip Tide

Release   : 2011

 It is spring is Brisbane and ‘tis the time to take out your floral dresses (and floral shirts), not to forget a brand new record. Now, even though the temperature has been warmer than expected, my preferred record for the season still falls under the category of that wonderful blend of light, airy summer tunes and nostalgic, sorrowful winter lyrics. The Rip Tide, Beirut’s third album, is one of my absolute pick for the long bus rides that I have to endure from home to campus.

Renowned for their majestic orchestra folk sound, 24-year-old lead singer Zach Condon had decided to keep in the down low for their latest record. Forget the sound of neo-balkan sound of Gulag Orkestar or the romantic 1950s French pop of The Flying Club Cup; The Rip Tide takes you straight back to New York. This album is a personal one. The lyrics are simple and intimate, with minimalist instrument (notably the piano and trumpet) even though it still maintain a certain degree of sophistication that is Beirut.

I have been an avid fan of Beirut since 2007 and love every single release from the band, but I must say that The Rip Tide is so far my favorite out of their three albums. True, I have been opting for more stripped down, raw sounds nowadays, but sweetly sombre songs like Goshen and The Rip Tide made this album quite difficult to put away. In addition, the combination of Condon’s naturally melancholic vocals (prime as always) resulted in a surprising, bittersweet effect when mixed with more upbeat songs such as Santa Fe and Vagabond. Favorite track? East Harlem, definitely.

  1. A Candle’s Fire
  2. Santa Fe
  3. East Harlem
  4. Goshen
  5. Payne’s Bay
  6. The Rip Tide
  7. Vagabond
  8. The Peacock
  9. Port’s of Call   

Over and Out, Arlinka.