cEvin Key - _The Ghost of Each Room_
(Metropolis, 2001)
by: Aaron McKay (6.5 out of 10)
This is some of the more divergent material I have heard on a label especially known for their broad spectrum of bands with unique sounds. The former drummer, cEvin Key, is widely celebrated for his participation early on for the influential pioneering act know as Skinny Puppy. _The Ghost of Each Room_ is the second solo effort from Key, even as Ogre (a.k.a. Kevin Ogilvie of Skinny Puppy) is featured on track six, "Frozen Sky". It seems hard to separate those two. Just over fifty-one minutes of fairly well nondescript and looped uneven cuts, sounding at times like an apparatus from a distorted Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. The entire album is a spree through an eclectic combination of unusual sounds, instruments and clunky rhythms. Bake a Pigface and KMFDM, mostly devoid of any vocals, in an industrial furnace and you have a vague idea of what you might expect on _The Ghost of Each Room_. Metropolis has done a fabulous job of packaging Key's newest work in a fine digipak; very appealing, as is my favorite cut from the disc, track seven, "Aphasia". Undeniably, there is a time and frame of mind for listening to this album, preferably when the particular ghost in your room is otherwise occupied.

(article published 12/8/2001)


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