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Rakoth: Tiny Deaths

The buzz on this, the second U.S. release from Rakoth, is that it's going to divide fans and critics alike. That's usually a shorthand way of saying, "It's so far out, man, you can't even stand it." A flop. Maybe. Like Pink Floyd's The Final Cut, Tiny Deaths ain't, as they say in my neighborhood, for everyone, but those who do manage to get into it are going to remain fiercely loyal to it. Whereas the band's previous release, Planeshift, fell well outside the parameters of normalcy, Tiny Deaths seems to be unaware of any parameters at all, existing far outside of convention (and even the norms of non-convention) and loving every minute of it.

The one troubling thing about the record is that you can hear some of the songs crying out for larger, grander arrangements,perhaps full orchestras but that doesn't mean that the album doesn't work within its current, uh, framework. It's an album that keeps unfolding before the listener, revealing layers of impenetrable mysteries that grow increasingly fascinating with each repeated listen. Rakoth have either gone out of their way (maybe by accident) to create something that'll set people to talking about what is music and what is pure experiment or they've worked really hard at making a record that would get them dropped from about half the record labels out there.

Creepy, gloomy, out of this world, Tiny Deaths is a damn brave record from a damn brave band.

Added: August 20th 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Earache Records
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Language: english

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