Koloss - The End Of The Chayot“End of the Chayot” is an amazing offering from the band Koloss. Not only was it self released, but the band themselves recorded it. Everything from mic placement to engineering to mixing to mastering was all done by Koloss. What kind of quality do you get from a release done completely by musicians – the highest. Let’s begin with what is a Chayot anyway. A Chayot is Jewish mystical angel. The Chayot occupy the highest emanation on the tree of life.

“End of the Chayot” is a “heavy” album that makes you think. The disk opens with ‘Gaia’. ‘Gaia’ is a sonic sludgy blast. The composition is basic and unchallenging. The song’s strength is its mood, accentuated by distortion and sustained notes. The song is almost dirge-like. Not quite that dark and plodding, but melodically just a tad before the downbeat. This gives it a molten groove. After about six minutes, the song becomes almost tribal in nature. Oscar Siggeström‘s drumming takes center stage and is a pure joy to listen to. Again, nothing technically dazzling, just solid, forceful and full of feeling. The song appeals to the primal nature of the listener.

Another soulful tome called ‘Old Sunrise’ paints sweeping dark vistas full of purples and grays and blacks with music. Koloss is a tight outfit, they play very well together. The song is moody, evoking rain and loss and longing. Martha Graham and Mia Michaels would do an award winning tear jerker choreography for the track. It’s modern and contemporary in sound. Another great drum interlude occurs five minutes in. Koloss seems to know their strength is in their drummer and highlights Oscar‘s talents at every opportunity. Not taking away from the twin poly melodies of the harmony in guitar passages. Alexander Johansson and Cristoffer P. Karlsson sound fantastic and create mood and movement for those two minutes. But I see the guitar melodies and harmonies in support roles to 1) excellent drumming and 2) the overall mood of the music – even though the guitar sound is creating the mood.

‘Kau Boi’ screams of angst and putrefaction. The vocals by Cristoffer P. Karlsson are the stock growly type, but the music makes them have more of a straining at the leash rage feel to them. It works. The vocals happen, then quickly get out of the way of the music. Four minutes in the song becomes hauntingly beautiful, elegant even. The vocals at six minutes take you by surprise. I won’t spoil it for you. Go to http://koloss.bandcamp.com/album/end-of-the-chayot and get “End of the Chayot” for yourself.

The title track is quite. Understated. Tension. Anticipation. Koloss is all about manipulating mood. They know how to put a track list together. If Death Dealer or Conan needed a pensive reflective theme for riding along on horseback, this is what they’d choose. The song is beautiful, elegant and haunting. It’s moving. Again, the actual composition is not technically challenging, but the feel of the song and the tone of the song, indeed the entire album is complex and rich.

“End of the Chayot” ends with ‘One Wave’. In comparison it’s a light – hearted song, a release of sorts; like the smell and taste of the air after a summer shower. The vocals are brooding and raw. “End of the Chayot” is an aural pleasure not to be missed.

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