Ganzer - _On the Sacred Fires_
(T'an! Kavan!! Ash!!!, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (5 out of 10)
This is released as a mini CD-R -- in terms of both playing length and size! I've said it before and I'll say it again: if metal learns anything from the post-industrial world, it should be the use of innovative, unusual yet beautiful and effective packaging. The allure of interesting and thoughtful packaging will also have the benefit of encouraging a purchase, instead of a surreptitious download.

This CD is not one of the more stunning efforts, arriving in a jewelcase to match the three inch CD size and with a small monotone cardboard (of the kind available in any stationary store) with an old etching reproduced on the cover and a silhouetted mausoleum pictured inside. Simple yet effective.

_On the Sacred Fires_ was released on The Eastern Front's sub-label, T'an! Kavan!! Ash!!!, which ostensibly focuses on the noisier end of the electronic spectrum. Ganzer is a noise artist, but what is presented here is not noise, but an entrant into ambient drone territory. However, this is a poor entrant for the field, and even when judged by the understated minimalism of drones, this is an incredibly simple outing. Perhaps this was intended as an intro for one of their noisier outings, but simply developed into something a bit too long for such a purpose. Actually, developed isn't the right word -- artificially extended would be a more appropriate description. What Ganzer provides is a drone; one that would normally form the basis for a song in the genre. Some murmurings do feature a bit later, but the song can't escape the feeling of being rushed and inchoate. Hopefully, Ganzer does better work with his noise constructions, as this is not one for the resume.


(article published 15/8/2007)

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