Vukovar - CrematorVukovar – Cremator (Other Voices Records)

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24 May perhaps probably 2019

Genre defying, experimentalists return with their seventh album. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates critiques.

In no way has the phrase ‘quality far more than quantity’ been turned so substantially on its head than with the current output of North Western doom purveyors Vukovar. A great deal significantly less than six months contemplating the truth that the release of final extended-player Monument, they rise 1 significantly far more like a proverbial phoenix out of the ashes of their preceding incarnation with new positioned vigour and intent in the sort of Cremator.

Their seventh album sees a transform of personnel marking the initial passing of the band and their re-emergence featuring Simon Morris (The Ceramic Hobs) and Holly Hero (Smell & Quim) on vocals and voice to create a fine mix of experimental and doom influenced but greater reaching alternativist. Contemplating the truth that the bands inception in 2014 they have worked with the likes of Michael Cashmore (Current 93, Nature & Organisation), Rose McDowell (Coil, Strawberry Switchblade, Psychic Tv) and, up-and-coming spoken word artist Equinox, peaking as quickly as significantly far more with 1 far more fine collection.

With opener Roma Invicta comes the self-explanatory line “everything dies, and so need to have to you” in a cross section of song, speech, pop and thundering backdrop that creates a startling introduction to what is even so to come. Vukovar combine the raw energy of Joy Division with a post-pop edge combining to make a mix of experimentalism and commercialism which has the potential to touch lots of a heart and soul.

Produced in collaboration with Phil Reynolds (The Dearly Departed, Postcode), Cremator seems to attain an far more than the significant sound with all instruments somehow pushed to the fore at as quickly as. It tends to make for an extraordinary noise, possibly comparable to Spector’s wall of sound, specifically on Internment By Mirrors which turns a bombardment of commotion into an organised riot.

In amongst the anarchy, Vukovar also bring us some fine tunes which are successfully capable and worthy of important radio airplay. Confirm out Love’s Provocations and Prurient which give catchy hooks and choruses which will have your earworms moving in partnership with each and every other to these startlingly addictive melodies prior to the likes of the beautiful Tomorrow’s Gone and The Orchids slam on the breaks and bring forth a third side to Vukovar.

Existing single Decameron (Or 10 Days Of Violence) closes the album. An practically nursery rhyme esque piece which drifts in and out skilfully, a lovely track which as quickly as significantly far more brings in Holly Hero collectively with a snippet of childrens voices. It disappears sumptuously with a tiny feedback and a tiny distortion to finish a really brilliant album.

A lot far more from Vukovar on Bandcamp here. Stick to on Twitter as @VukovarUK and Like on Facebook.

All words by Paul Scott-Bates. A lot far more of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be positioned at his author’s archive. Paul’s internet-web-site is hiapop and you can stick to him on Twitter as @hiapop, and on Facebook here.

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