I’ll begin with a confession: this album really puzzles me! With a total
playing time around one hour, and just five numbers to fill it with, you know
you’re in for something special before the CD starts spinning in the drive – but
I hadn’t expected this.
Normally I like experimental music, as it often has something new and surprising
to offer, and sometimes even inspires me in my own playing even though it might
be a completely different genre than I play myself. But this album by American
Chingalera just doesn’t make any sense to me, although I gave it several tries
what is their goal of expression?
There are pieces that remind me of a thrashy and early version of Prong or
Helmet, and most of those are ok…some of it is more like old Pink Floyd on acid:
VERY long pieces with just guitar sounds (not really playing) and occasional
drum- or cymbal sounds, or repetition of the same guitar-“theme” – I wait for
some development or idea to move on or emerge, but it just goes on for sometimes
several minutes like that, and in the end it gets quite annoying!!
The recording doesn’t sound good or bad – early Helmet (Meantime)-sound comes to
Listen yourself at their MySpace, and please drop me a line if you get the point
in this, because it’s beyond my grasping ability…in the promo-material this
album is said to be destined to make waves in the metal underground, well I
must be hardheaded or deaf, ‘cause I really don’t feel any…
For the overall impression I’m tempted to rate it about 10/100 or even lower,
‘cause I think they’ve been wasting my time with just meaningless noises most of
the time, and then again: when they DO play it’s quite alright 70/100, maybe.
Judge for yourself…