Let’s begin with a quote from the press release for the “introductory mini-album” from this band, shall we?
“London, UK, early 2008: a musical experiment was put in motion between friends. The idea was to put together four musicians from diverse musical backgrounds and see what could happen. Within a few months, Jurojin was born. Featuring a rock singer, a classical Indian tabla player, a jazz bassist and a metal guitar player…” etc etc.
Sounds interesting, don’t it? Well, save yourself the effort…it’s not. Suffice it to say, if you’ve ever heard a Tool album you’ve suffered this kind of tiresome shite before. What’s that…you love Tool? You think that Maynard Whatshisface is a genius? Oh, in that case you’re probably gonna love this: It’s the same wearisome, contemporary “prog-metal” tripe with pretensions of “atmosphere” and uninspired vocals which, while perfectly competent, are more likely to lull one to sleep than magically transport them to “other worlds”. The only bits I liked were the parts where the rest of the band shut the fuck up and let the more “exotic” instrumentation dominate proceedings for a spell…in fact, if one were to remove the other bits and close the gaps, you’d have a pretty decent, er, 3-5 minute EP in place of a truly tedious 30 minute “mini-album” (and trust me, it seems at least twice that long)!
(And while we’re on the subject, a brief rant on this whole “mini-album” nonsense. Since when is 7 tracks in 30 minutes not a fully-fledged “album”? Erm, since about 2006, I think! Cut the shit, people: Real “prog-rock” bands like Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd used to release records with two tracks on ’em and call ’em “albums”. There’s EPs, albums, and in extreme cases, double- and triple-albums and so forth. “Mini-album” is nothing more than an apology to the mp3/”free download”-generation for the fact that your album isn’t 77 minutes and 23 tracks long. Some of the best “albums” ever made were less than half that running time: The first Dead Kennedys album is just over 33 minutes, fa fuck’s sake. All this “mini-album” horse-shit can suck my mother-fuckin’ “mini-dick”. End of lesson for today.)
So, in conclusion, “moving” yes, but only in a “too-many-laxatives” kinda way.
© Michael Bowser, Music Vice