The debut effort Dreams Of A Cyclops from Moscow based instrumental outfit EndName is a slight departure for Russian based indie label RAIG in that the majority of their roster is made up of bands or artists that specialize in experimental, psychedelic space rock and avant garde progressive rock. While doom and sludge metal outfits haven't figured as prominently on their roster in the past, the label seems to be concentrating a bit more on this genre of music, something that can clearly be heard on their Dirgenera Compendium I & II releases on their Accessory Takes net-label, which offers free downloads of various different types of music. These two specific compilations specialize in so called 'dirge' music, and EndName was featured on both volumes along with other like minded acts such as Dozelimit and The Re-stoned.
The music on Dreams Of A Cyclops is driven by the massive, layered assault of guitarists Dmitry Musatov and Sergo Meshidze, who lay down a formidable and seemingly impenetrable wall of sound on songs like "Eclipse" "Beyond The Scope" and the scorching final track "Dissociation", which features metallic sounding percussion buried deep beneath the sonic murk. While these six lengthy compositions are largely constructed in such a manner as to bombard the listener with sheets of saturated guitars the band does at times relent by experimenting with different textures, for example on the second half of the aforementioned "Eclipse", as well as "Dissolution" which is an atypical, ambient composition that is almost entirely comprised of one lengthy, off pitch electronic passage.
If you're into the old school sounds of bands like Neurosis and Isis then you're going to love what EndName have brought to the table on Dreams Of A Cyclops. There isn't a second wasted and every note counts over the course of this harrowing fifty five minute ride. However, if I had to pick just one pod worthy track the unrelenting sonic battering of "Dissociation" gets my vote, hands down.
4) Beyond The Scope