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Shakhtyor: Shakhtyor

I usually listen to music either while I'm walking or while I'm driving. Some albums are perfect for such activities because they create the same rhythm, the same speed, as the other activities. For me, this debut album by Shakhtyor—an instrumental doom band out of Russia—was the perfect fit for my afternoon commute. As I listened, I felt that the music hit that sweet spot where rhythm and sludge meet to get the head moving just right. Better still, once this album caught my attention, it never let go, keeping me focused and engaged for the entire listen (and my drive time).

The music on this album is best described as a mixture of doom, sludge, and post rock but with a particular emphasis on the first two. Things are simultaneously heavy and atmospheric on this album, a perfect blend of two exciting sound qualities. For the most part, the soundscape is dominated by the guitars; from start to finish they are big and heavy, flowing out of the speakers with an ever-present and always wonderful warm distortion. Even though there are lots of bands playing within these subgenres right now, Shakhtyor is definitely not one to ignore.

Track Listing:
1. E. Jasper
2. Handschuhmann
3. Пayk Pᴎбa
4. K. I.

Added: September 4th 2013
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Bandcamp Page
Hits: 1549
Language: english

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