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por: Rafa DORADO
EREHIA ManuzkRitoz ZE -possibly Mexico's answer to Present.
Aquarius Recods USA
EREHIA " ManuzkRitoz ZE " Smoglees Record
Mexico´s answer to the ruins, it seems : a bass/drums duo (with occasional viola and other instrumentation) playing a frenentic style of way-out there prog rock, and sharing a definite Magma influence.
Aggravating, perhaps, if you´re not in the mood, but otherwise dark, heavy, hyper and enjoyably convoluted.
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Reviewer: Rikard A Toftesund
Erehia plays "machine gun prog" like Simon Steensland and Japanese bands
such as Happy Family and Ruins. The comparison with the last mentioned
is more than accidental, as Erehia basically is a bass/percussion duo.
Admittedly, more instruments are added, like electric guitar and viola
(very well played by the way), but the music appears to be written
around a percussion /bass core.
We are not speaking solely about "interplay", the labyrinth-sounding
patterns show signs of instruments opposing and competing. Everything
sounds systematized down to the smallest detail, and this indisputably
gives the material a restless and quite strenuous character, another
element in common with Ruins. On the other hand, Erehia does not share
Ruins¹ bizarre harmonic and vocal domain, and this gives Manuzkritoz a
darker, more esoteric and delicate "avant prog" expression.
The duo apparently has arranged this demanding music with the ambition
of performing it live, for example, programmed drums are used in order
to allow percussionist Tizok to add guitar to Jorge Gaitan¹s impressive
bass lines, in the cases where the double melody lines are too advanced
for MIDI system solutions. With the exception of a few background
voices, the CD is purely instrumental.
I admit that I initially appreciate true "alternative" prog of this high
caliber with regard to composing, technique and preferred "sound". And I
have a deep admiration for Manuzkritoz, even if I understand those who
for one reason or another find this music impenetrable. Avant prog fans,
on the other hand, ought to look for this album until they find it, as
this is seriously coarse stuff.