Today is the day where I’m finally able to sink my teeth into The Death and Resurrection of Krautrock: AUM. It’s a tour de force of instrumental rock that’s sure to satisfy some serious hard rock fans. Its huge structures, minimalist leanings and huge guitar tones stand taller than the Sears Tower. But is it any good? You bet your ass, it’s good.
Seven That Spells may not be a stereotypical prog rock band, but you’d never know it while listening The Death and Resurrection. The howling textures laid over surging guitar lines and aggressive drums evoke all manner of imagery of everything from medieval combat to interplanetary conquest. As one sinks further and further into the album, it’s easy to forget the repetitive nature of the composition and sink into blissful daydreams. This is truly music to get lost in.
Quite honestly, I don’t have much to complain about. It initially took me a little while to understand where Seven That Spells was going with this, but once I did, I completely fell in love with The Death and Resurrection. While it may not be an instantly accessible work, it’s powerful nonetheless. I’d highly recommend listening to this beast in its entirety before forming any opinions. Anything less would be doing yourself a disservice.
Jeff Higgins is the founder of Groove Sandwich. The Death and Resurrection of Krautrock: AUM will be heavily featured in his car stereo from now on.