Aluk Todolo - Occult Rock


7.9 | 41 votes |
Release date: 21 September 2012
Style: Black metal, Krautrock

Owners:

22 have it
5 want it


Disc I
01. I
02. II
03. III
04. IV

Disc II
01. V
02. VI
03. VII
04. VIII

Not strictly metal anymore. if they ever really were; their krautish, noisy interpretation of black metal seems to have been put on hold for the time being (aside from the first track; a black metal number), but this is arguably album of the year nonetheless. If you have any love of Skullflower's early droning, noise rock days and krautrock's trippy psychedelia then this should be right up your gasse.



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22.11.2012 - 01:42
!J.O.O.E.!
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Yeah! This album is terrible.

I'll bang a review for this at some point soon methinks.
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22.11.2012 - 01:43
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Guest on 22.11.2012 at 01:42

Yeah! This album is terrible.

Lol. 9 now equals terrible. The rating system has flipped
Been listening to this for a few days, really liking it.
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22.11.2012 - 01:45
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Alex F on 22.11.2012 at 01:43

Lol. 9 now equals terrible. The rating system has flipped
Been listening to this for a few days, really liking it.

Well, I've seen people hand out 10s whilst simultaneously highlighting weakness in said album, so it wouldn't be the craziest thing to happen

I love the early Skullflowery-ness of this so very much.
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22.11.2012 - 01:46
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Guest on 22.11.2012 at 01:45

Well, I've seen people hand out 10s whilst simultaneously highlighting weakness in said album, so it wouldn't be the craziest thing to happen

I love the early Skullflowery-ness of this so very much.

I've been thinking about purchasing the vinyl version of this. It's been taking up so much of my time recently
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22.11.2012 - 01:49
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Alex F on 22.11.2012 at 01:46

I've been thinking about purchasing the vinyl version of this. It's been taking up so much of my time recently

I can think of worse things to spend money on. Chocolate flavoured poo; dogs with no legs; a copy of Windows 8; a ticket to see Alan Carr live; tofu; Rogaine. These are just some of those things.
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22.11.2012 - 01:51
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Guest on 22.11.2012 at 01:49

I can think of worse things to spend money on. Chocolate flavoured poo; dogs with no legs; a copy of Windows 8; a ticket to see Alan Carr live; tofu; Rogaine. These are just some of those things.

"a copy of Windows 8". I lol'd
I'm probably going to buy it (not Windows 8, the album)
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22.11.2012 - 04:54
Rating: 9
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Written by Guest on 22.11.2012 at 01:49

Written by Alex F on 22.11.2012 at 01:46

I've been thinking about purchasing the vinyl version of this. It's been taking up so much of my time recently

I can think of worse things to spend money on. Chocolate flavoured poo; dogs with no legs; a copy of Windows 8; a ticket to see Alan Carr live; tofu; Rogaine. These are just some of those things.
is windows 8 that bad?
love this album btw
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22.11.2012 - 05:09
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Ag Fox on 22.11.2012 at 04:54

is windows 8 that bad?
love this album btw

To be honest I don't know, but it doesn't great look from I've seen. More importantly, why would anyone ever pay for an operating system =P
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22.11.2012 - 05:22
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Guest on 22.11.2012 at 05:09

Written by Ag Fox on 22.11.2012 at 04:54

is windows 8 that bad?
love this album btw

To be honest I don't know, but it doesn't great look from I've seen. More importantly, why would anyone ever pay for an operating system =P

It is... it is absolutely putrid.
This album on the other hand is the opposite of putrid. It's completely mesmerizing. I can't stop listening to it.
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22.11.2012 - 16:50
Rating: 9
Paz
News Man
I'm damn curious about this album by you guys. Will check asap.
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22.11.2012 - 19:11
Rating: 7
Druss
Curious myself, also, what's ''Krautrock''?
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22.11.2012 - 19:19
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Druss on 22.11.2012 at 19:11

Curious myself, also, what's ''Krautrock''?

A style that came out of Germany in the late 60s and 70s that centered around experimental and progressive styles of rock, usually quite psychedelic in nature. Check out the likes of Amon Düül II, Faust, Cluster, Harmonia, Can etc.
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23.11.2012 - 11:16
Rating: 4
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
The trudging rate of song progression is incredulous....Riffs linger for minutes on end and when the change finally occurs, it frequently sounds near identical to the previous motif....It seems to me that the only possible way to enjoy this style would be to lay prone and do nothing else, which beats the purpose of music IMO as I feel its purpose should be versatile.
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23.11.2012 - 12:47
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by LeKiwi on 23.11.2012 at 11:16

The trudging rate of song progression is incredulous....Riffs linger for minutes on end and when the change finally occurs, it frequently sounds near identical to the previous motif....It seems to me that the only possible way to enjoy this style would be to lay prone and do nothing else, which beats the purpose of music IMO as I feel its purpose should be versatile.



why does music have to be versatile according to you?

when someone says something like what you just said I always check their favourite band list.

The if you think the purpose of music is to be versatile how can it be you have Amon Amarth amongst your favourites. Then you could do with one song of theirs. They are like the AC/DC of melodic death metal when it comes to versatility.
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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23.11.2012 - 12:53
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Written by LeKiwi on 23.11.2012 at 11:16

IMO as I feel its purpose should be versatile.

Music shouldn't be anything There's more to Aluk Todolo than just a few riffs leading to one another ... repetition is the band's build up tool, a single bass line progresses into a vortex of space-ish soundscape as the guitars layer one by one. I fail to see Occult Rock as a riff driven album which is the case with almost every album that employs Noise elements.
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23.11.2012 - 13:17
Rating: 4
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 23.11.2012 at 12:47

why does music have to be versatile according to you?

when someone says something like what you just said I always check their favourite band list.

The if you think the purpose of music is to be versatile how can it be you have Amon Amarth amongst your favourites. Then you could do with one song of theirs. They are like the AC/DC of melodic death metal when it comes to versatility.


I'm not talking about versatility in relation to any structural aspect, I'm referring applicability in day to day life, e.g. Amon Amarth can be used simultaneously while studying, exercising, procrastinating on the internet, and various other occasions, whereas this band creates music that appears to be limited to an audience willing to sacrifice their full concentration in order to absorb the emotions within the pieces. I'm not critising, I am merely stating that I find it difficult to acknowledge how it is feasible to be predisposed towards this genre without giving up so much time to enjoy it
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23.11.2012 - 13:21
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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I actually listen to this while studying, while in the bus and while reading ... this album (and this kind of music) is the Swiss knife of albums to me
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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23.11.2012 - 13:25
Rating: 4
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by InnerSelf on 23.11.2012 at 13:21

I actually listen to this while studying, while in the bus and while reading ... this album (and this kind of music) is the Swiss knife of albums to me


It simply seems that if I was performing any other task, I would lose sight of the progression and only be mildly aware of a considerably under-produced song in the background xD
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23.11.2012 - 13:31
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
I can't see a problem with just listening to music and doing nothing else. I do that quite often. Great way to unwind.

Music is to be heard and not to be used as some background stuff while doing other stuff imo. Why would one go to a concert?
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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23.11.2012 - 14:07
!J.O.O.E.!
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Sorry, dude. You lost me when used mass-produced metal music like Amon Amarth as a point of comparison

Then again, If there's any music that needs zero attention it's that so you may have had a point

Written by LeKiwi on 23.11.2012 at 11:16
Amon Amarth can be used simultaneously while studying, exercising, procrastinating on the internet, and various other occasions, whereas this band creates music that appears to be limited to an audience willing to sacrifice their full concentration in order to absorb the emotions within the pieces. whereas this band creates music that appears to be limited to an audience willing to sacrifice their full concentration in order to absorb the emotions within the pieces. I'm not critising, I am merely stating that I find it difficult to acknowledge how it is feasible to be predisposed towards this genre without giving up so much time to enjoy it


Don't presume that everyone has the same level of comprehension of music as you do. People have different listening tastes and habits. Not only is it feasible, it's completely plausible and logical. Standard, structured music like Amon Amarth begs direct listening to enjoy it on the level it was intended. It's based on simplistic, conventional structures and melodies which don't lend well to a kind of secondary, background listening (aside from simple familiarity). The nature of this record however works extremely well in that regard, much like anti-structure music like ambient and noise etc, it moves from the structured to the textural. Your point of comparisons don't really hold up too well as you're effectively trying to cross-compare two incompatible styles. You speak of versatility in regard to Amon Amarth, but the only reason I can fathom it would be to you is because it's easy to follow on a conscious level, requires very little effort etc. You're trying to analyse Aluk Todolo on a similar plane of thought. For this reason your conclusions seem based on rather personal bias in my opinion: you don't really like it; therefore it would be universally considered difficult to listen to. I can assure you that my brain is far more comfortable listening to this than Amon Amarth My brain would become extremely restless after a couple of songs as true repetition would set in. I also have trouble working to anything with a semblance of structure, and even more if there are vocals etc. Ambient and noise music are both well known for their meditative qualities.

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The trudging rate of song progression is incredulous....Riffs linger for minutes on end and when the change finally occurs, it frequently sounds near identical to the previous motif....It seems to me that the only possible way to enjoy this style would be to lay prone and do nothing else, which beats the purpose of music IMO as I feel its purpose should be versatile. I don't know that for sure but a quick glance at your favourite bands makes me think that would be the case.


The ultimate issue being that this is an indictment of entire modes of music discourse, not just this band. If you ever came to explore genres beyond the scope of metal's difficulty of comprehension and styles that eschew structure and melody I think you'd be employing this argument for every band.




Your brain is far more sophisticated than you give it credit for. You don't have have to always consciously listen to music to derive satisfaction and enjoyment from it.
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23.11.2012 - 18:45
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 23.11.2012 at 13:31
Music is to be heard and not to be used as some background stuff while doing other stuff imo.



Hmmm depends for me. Old Earth albums and Sunn O))) are some of my favorite stuff to listen to while studying... But I also love to listen to them and just float.
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Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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23.11.2012 - 18:53
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Good shiet.
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23.11.2012 - 21:42
IronAngel
I think ideal music should work both on the background and as active listening. This album does.
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24.11.2012 - 19:19
Rating: 7
Slayer666
Needs moar metal.

I prefer the 1st track to the others, because it feels more focused somehow. The rest is a bit too stretched-out/samey for it's own good. Kinda feels like it lacks some climax or something. And that bass can be annoying as hell.

Good stuff, but could have been much better.
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24.11.2012 - 19:24
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Slayer666 on 24.11.2012 at 19:19

Needs moar metal.

I prefer the 1st track to the others, because it feels more focused somehow. The rest is a bit too stretched-out/samey for it's own good. Kinda feels like it lacks some climax or something. And that bass can be annoying as hell.

Good stuff, but could have been much better.

I always skip the first song If you ask me the album would have been made better if they left it on the cutting room floor.
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24.11.2012 - 19:38
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
The first song is by far the least interesting song on the album.
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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24.11.2012 - 19:49
!J.O.O.E.!
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Indeed, and I quite often disregard albums based on one song so I'm thankful I didn't hear that one first.
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24.11.2012 - 20:48
Rating: 7
Slayer666
The first track reminds me a bit of Lurker of Chalice, actually, specially near the end. So that's definitively a plus.
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25.11.2012 - 00:21
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Written by Slayer666 on 24.11.2012 at 19:19

I prefer the 1st track to the others, because it feels more focused somehow. The rest is a bit too stretched-out/samey for it's own good. Kinda feels like it lacks some climax or something. And that bass can be annoying as hell.

You pretty much summed up what I like about the album while mentioning the stuff that you hate
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to be stared at from across the abyss
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27.11.2012 - 03:03
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.11.2012 at 19:38

The first song is by far the least interesting song on the album.

Least interesting, maybe. But it's still great.
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