Distributor/Label: Alerta Antifascista Records
Distributor/Label URL: http://www.no-pasaran.org/welcome/
Buy Album: http://doomrock.com/Music/LP/Las-Casas-Viejas-Goule-H-2xLP-2-Versions::1554.html?XTCsid=b11df3ff376aa530e1ca9cc3dfd2beeb
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/KeinOrt1/
Trish – Vocals,
Tim – Drums,
Tobi – Guitar,
Schtä – Vocals,
Bubu – Guitar,
Rudá – Bass.
2. Kein Ort I – Nicht Die Stadt Und Lethargie
3. Kein Ort II – Nicht Keine Stadt Und Lethargie
When your band is named after a tragic and horrific incident such as what took place in Casas Viejas back in 1933, you know the music you peddle had better be befitting. It’s similar to the likes of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and other such bands – terrible incidents from the annals of human history made flesh in musica with raw and powerful force. It’s the sort of real-life stories that add a whole lot of extra weight to the metallic barrage.
Fortunately for LAS CASAS VIEJAS, theirs is a potent mix of black metal, post-rock and sludge/doom that will unequivocally shake the rafters and the foundations with uncomfortable menace. That is if the evidence found in their debut “goule/H” is anything to go by. Only recently-formed, LAS CASAS VIEJAS span the borders of Austria and Germany to create a form of sonic discomfort that befits the aforementioned incident admirably. The most obvious plus comes in the form of the album’s production: clear but red-raw, with a growling bass at the heart of the din. There’s a fine line to be tread with production: clean can be impactful but mechanical; dirty can be emotional but incomprehensible. Yet “goule/H” manages to toe the line and create a delicate balance – it’s coherent, but poignant.
So what of the music itself? Such a heady mix of the aforementioned genres can require quite a large appetite to stomach, and that it does. None of the tracks on offer on “goule/H” fall below five minutes, and opener “Moribundus” sprawls to an eye-watering fourteen minutes, nearly six of which are a spoken intro. Perseverance is the key to appreciating LAS CASAS VIEJAS; the more you listen, the more you’ll pick up, understand and enjoy. The epic double whammy that is “Kein Ort I – Nicht Die Stadt Und Lethargie” and “Kein Ort II – Nicht Keine Stadt Und Lethargie” clocks in at in-excess of twenty minutes, but there’s subtlety and depth to behold. The former soars with tumultuous guitars and delightful clean vocals, whilst the latter completes the Jekyll and Hyde double-act by roaring with menacing growls and a far darker atmosphere.
Yet it’s not just the contrasting parts that make this a wholesome sum – it’s the sweet melodies that float by during the almost jazz-like sections. It’s the shimmering clean guitars that twinkle harmoniously through, augmented with field recordings (including chirping birdsong, industrial hammering and forest serenity). It’s the careful consideration of push and pull; the resplendent quiets and raucous louds. If one can sit still and observe it all; fall into it and enjoy, then one will find a true gem of post-rock here.
“goule/H” is at times terribly uncomfortable to listen to, with the abrasive metal passages gnawing away incessantly, but at others a soaring delight that will live long in the memory with gentle, caressing melody. It’s a big ask at times, but sticking with LAS CASAS VIEJAS’ debut is a very worthwhile affair and heartily recommended. It’s testament to the sextet’s abilities that they’ve not long been together and have been able to craft a monumentally enjoyable record. Sprawling, haunting and constantly evoking wonder, “goule/H” should see LAS CASAS VIEJAS enjoying a bountiful career.