ZAHN – Zahn
BAND URL: Zahn | ZAHN (bandcamp.com)
Released a few months ago via Crazysane Records and consisting of members from Heads, this German act is something out of the ordinary and offers a dynamic mixture of post-rock, noise rock, sludge, avantgarde music, and experimental ambient. Deeply unsettling at times (check the eerie tracks entitled “Gyhum” and “Staub” out), this is a darkly pulsating gem of an album where dissonant melodies and enticing soundscapes come together and evoke a strange and surreal aura. With the drums and bass forming a punchy, thick-sounding core and those sharp and crushing riffs on top of it all, this instrumental effort is delightfully unpredictable and never stays in one place for an excessive amount of time. “Zahn” is vibrant, colorful, and organic avantgarde noise rock with a sense of purpose and a solid dose of atmosphere to it, and it is as attractive and intriguing as it is interesting and special. If you really take the time to absorb and digest this record, you will find that this is some powerful stuff with a raw, unfiltered vibe to it, and I can think of no other outfit that sounds quite like this these guys. Did I mention that they also know how to make their tunes groovy at times? Recommended to the open-minded listeners out there.