Paik - "Monster of the Absolute"
(Strange Attractors Audio House 2006, SAAH041)
Uploaded to Aural Innovations June 2006
Paik is an instrumental ROCK trio from the advanced decay of Detroit, Michigan. This is the bands 4th record since their beginnings in 1997. The bands sound in this CD is heavily built around bass and drums with the guitars making strange sounds and melodies and rhythms quite far in the background as not to disrupt the heaviness of the sludge too much. I am quite sure the lack of clarity of the guitar is on purpose as the band takes off into their own psychedelic zone with some killer heavy spaced out tracks like Snake Face. October is very much like some Bardo Pond stuff. The title track is the longest journey on the record at over 9 minutes in length and a total wall of sound by the end. Intense! The CD is only 34 minutes but packed with dense music. Enjoy.
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Reviewed by Scott Heller