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Khann: Tofutopia

Noise, noise, and more noise. That's what you get on the debut from Orlando's Khann, titled Tofutopia. Featuring 23 tracks, many of which are just 60 seconds or less of screaming and technical mish-mosh of jagged guitar riffs, the CD is surpisingly nearly an hour long, thanks to a few tracks that offer up some serious metal riffs and arrangements near the back end of the album. The first half of this release moves quickly, each tune barely a blip on the radar but sprawling from your speakers with an engless array of tortured screams, manic drums, and angular guitar patterns... chaotic and utterly forgettable. It's not until the band slows down for some moody ISIS inspired post rock/extreme metal dirges like "Bird", "Volcanic Lungs", "Squall", "Lament", and the 9-minute brooder "The Lone Hum" that things get even remotely interesting and listenable. It's obvious that Khann have some musical talent, but my recommendation to them is to try and write some songs next time around, have screamer Josh Vitale take a chill and mix up his delivery a bit, and concentrate more on mood and less on cramming a million notes into a 50 second song. Way too much filler and noise here, and not enough cohesive metal for my liking.

Track Listing
1. Meteor (0:50)
2. Himalayan Green (0:34)
3. Pralay (1:33)
4. Anodynic Spheres (3:01)
5. Cleanse (1:30)
6. Black Water Permeates (2:01)
7. Charisma (1:27)
8. Bird (4:49)
9. Tofutopia (1:10)
10. Quarantined (2:38)
11. Silver Mouth (1:47)
12. Leeches (2:47)
13. Volcanic Lungs Part I (6:31)
14. Volcanic Lungs Part II (0:53)
15. Apprehension (0:50)
16. Ignorance (1:01)
17. Squall (3:12)
18. Lament (3:08)
19. The Lone Hum (9:12)
20. Untitled (0:11)
21. Untitled (0:13)
22. Untitled (0:11)
23. Untitled (0:21)

Added: November 29th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band's My Space Page
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Language: english

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