Aluk Todolo - Occult Rock


7.9 | 40 votes |
Release date: 21 September 2012
Style: Black metal, Krautrock

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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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14.04.2014 - 13:01
!J.O.O.E.!
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This live easily ranks in my top 5 gigs of all time. It's not even worth describing.
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14.04.2014 - 13:13
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Now that you mention it, this would be a pretty intense album to experience live.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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12.11.2015 - 19:05
Rating: 10
mz
Fuck it, just neglecting the first fucking track and giving it a 10. Amazing stuff to say at least.
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12.11.2015 - 22:03
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Written by mz on 12.11.2015 at 19:05

Fuck it, just neglecting the first fucking track and giving it a 10. Amazing stuff to say at least.

Yeah, it's easy to ignore it. The rest is perfect music.
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13.11.2015 - 10:50
Paz
News Man
I love how the opening track is regarded as the worst shit eva For me it's one hell of an epic, intergalactic bm tune.
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13.11.2015 - 11:38
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Paz on 13.11.2015 at 10:50
I love how the opening track is regarded as the worst shit eva For me it's one hell of an epic, intergalactic bm tune.

I'm not saying it's amazing... but I do not understand the hate either.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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13.11.2015 - 17:55
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth
Call me crazy, I actually think the opening track is on par with the rest.
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13.11.2015 - 22:03
Rating: 10
mz
Written by Paz on 13.11.2015 at 10:50

I love how the opening track is regarded as the worst shit eva For me it's one hell of an epic, intergalactic bm tune.


I am not saying it is completely shit, but it is just so incompatible with the rest of the album. It could be a good song on a more regular, ordinary album, but not here.
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13.11.2015 - 22:04
!J.O.O.E.!
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What mz said. I don't hate it at all, it's just superfluous.
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14.12.2015 - 23:24
Joe Zombie
Unfortunately this album is far too repetitive and long-winded for my taste.
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22.12.2015 - 02:29
Rating: 10
Diverge
OK, I finally joined the party. Hopefully the new album will live up to this one
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22.12.2015 - 13:38
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24.12.2015 - 22:56
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by mz on 13.11.2015 at 22:03

I am not saying it is completely shit, but it is just so incompatible with the rest of the album. It could be a good song on a more regular, ordinary album, but not here.

Yeah, I've been getting heavy into these guys lately, and as excellent as the opening track here is.... it's just very incompatible. I've noticed when I listen to this album very often do I just start with the second track and then let it play through from there.
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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17.02.2016 - 15:47
Rating: 8
musclassia
The bass on track V is the absolute tits. Also, have to agree with everyone else that the first track sounds wildly out of place compared to the rest of the album; I feel like there's more BM tremolo guitar and blastbeats in any one minute of that song than the rest of the album combined.
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25.02.2016 - 18:54
!J.O.O.E.!
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Nice to see this album claw its way back up to an 8 on here. Aluk Todolo are basically doing Skullflower's early genius work now, which is great seeing as Skullflower now seems content just to make fairly average noise music these days.
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02.02.2017 - 22:13
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
One of the hardest albums to get into. And one of the most rewarding ones too. This makes Voix look like a pop album in comparison.
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03.02.2017 - 14:31
Rating: 10
mz
Really? I dont find anything particularly hard about this album.
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03.02.2017 - 18:41
Paz
News Man
Written by mz on 03.02.2017 at 14:31

I dont find anything particularly hard about this album.

Except the length, I must agree. Voix was much harder to get into. At least for me.
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03.02.2017 - 19:07
!J.O.O.E.!
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Yeah I knew this was probably AotY after about 3 tracks If anything it's hard to get out of.
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03.02.2017 - 20:43
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
^Doesn't count if you've heard scores of Skullflower albums and previous Aluk Todolo works.

For me, listening it right after Voix, it was pretty dissonant, expansive and stretched out. Requires a lot of patience too to listen it for the first time.
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03.02.2017 - 21:05
Rating: 7
Karlabos
Weirdo of MS
Written by 3rdWorld on 03.02.2017 at 20:43

Requires a lot of patience too to listen it for the first time.

And here I was thinking you would find it a fun record
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03.02.2017 - 21:09
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Written by Karlabos on 03.02.2017 at 21:05

And here I was thinking you would find it a fun record

Well this sure as hell wasn't fun for me
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03.02.2017 - 21:29
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Written by 3rdWorld on 03.02.2017 at 20:43

^Doesn't count if you've heard scores of Skullflower albums and previous Aluk Todolo works.

For me, listening it right after Voix, it was pretty dissonant, expansive and stretched out. Requires a lot of patience too to listen it for the first time.

I wouldn't call this dissonant in the same way that a lot of black metal and avant-garde metal is. Everything on it is finely balanced, even harmonious, so quite easy to absorb. It's never grating or anything like that.

Voix is effectively one song split into many parts, and has slightly rougher production so definitely the more challenging of the two.

This also sounds nothing whatsoever like previous Aluk Todolo records. Those were bordering on blackened noise much of the time; very harsh and gritty in terms of productions and flow. This is similar to early Skullflower days when they were a droning kind of noise rock; probably the easiest era of Skullflower to enjoy and not really especially difficult to listen to.
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04.02.2017 - 00:10
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Hmm, maybe it was the length and the slowness of it but I really found Voix easier than this anyway, it had more bm-ish riffing too. Also if early Skullflower albums are anything like this I should get to it soon, I love this krautblack sound, the one here more than Voix anyway.
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