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Genetic Transmission / Moan - Collaboration 1 [Zoharum - 2017]

Continuing the GT archive series, Zoharum offer this collaboration with Moan. Once again in a strict limited edition of 200 copies, given the quantity you have to ask yourself ďwhy bother?Ē, just do it as a download. GT are one of those bands you either liked or loathed, personally I always liked GT, but I still have the gripe that a 200 run isnít sufficient and really under sells the outfit

On to the music, this five track release is based on sounds both artists developed, then GT recorded three tracks and Moan two. The first, untitled (as all the tracks are) is GT. Itís an open field recording with occasional metal bashing and huge amounts of reverb.  Thereís a vague feeling of the sinister to it, but to be honest itís more like a poor mans ďHow To Destroy AngelsĒ.  Iím already at the point that this album isnít going to be up there with GT better works.

Moan grace us with track two, and then immediately disappoint us as it carries on almost where GT left off. And very quickly the dawning realisation that each band is using the same basic elements to make the five tracks of the album hits you.

Track three, GT again, same sounds again just restructured and manipulated just slightly different from track one. The reverbsí gone at least. Spanning fourteen minutes, this track moves further into musique concrete, but again you know youíve heard the individual elements before, so itís losing itís staying power rapidly, and over fourteen minutes you need some stamina!

Track four, "Moan", is the standout track, itís doom-ladened, depressive, and beautifully sinister. Thereís a phenomenal atmosphere to the nineteen minutes from the opening sequence. This is a well structured, impressive track and even though the elements are the same as have gone before, they are worked in a so much more creative way than the previous offerings I can forgive them this.

If you are an ardent fan of GT, then you probably already have this album. You arenít been given any additional material on the album, itís a straight reissue unfortunately. That as well as the quantity are disappointing.  This isnít the best GT release, in fact Iíd say it was a little lazy. Moan, however, really do add more to it than the sum of its parts with track four.

Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5

Adam Skyes
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