Album Review: Antlered Man – Buddhist Soup (Giftes Pt 1) EP

By on Thursday, 27th October 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

For a band who are still in relative obscurity compared to some of their peers, Antlered Man aren’t shy of saying what’s on their mind. Their lyrics are politically and emotionally motivated with a poetic harshness and truth that’s usually reserved for rousing speeches at various occupations around the world. Coupled with the whimsical and thought-provoking words, is the erratic and no-boundary metallic essence of a band who aren’t afraid to try something new.

Obviously influenced by System Of A Down, Antlered Man are London’s answer to the weird and wonderful offerings of Serj Tankian and co. ­– and they have a flautist. Their new mini-album entitled ‘Buddhist Soup (Giftes Pt 1)’ is the first in a double dose from the intentionally misspelled ‘Giftes’ series that is sure to pave the way for bigger things.

Opening on a 6-minute opus is a bold statement for any band, especially one who’re arguably trying to prove themselves – but ‘Outrages 1 Ta 3’ proves to everyone that Antlered Man can bring out the big guns. The ominous, quirky feel to what is essentially a prog metal track only adds to the momentum and intrigue as the crazed thrashing of distorted guitars and pounding drums (a la Queens of the Stone Age) is interspersed with poppier ambience and choir-like vocals.

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From this initial introduction to the zany proto-metal of Antlered Man, the off-beat style only continues with title track ‘Buddhist Soup’. Combining the inherent anger and mischief of metal with the majestic dream-like sound of a flute is no mean feat, yet these guys (and girl) create a very progressive almost Floydian sound that is as haunting as it is chaotic. The duality of a high-pitched flute melody with a bastardised metallic version needs to be heard and appreciated.

Closing the five track mini-album is the oddly titled ‘Platoono of Uno’ that is more of a chant than a song. Possibly about the role man plays in the world and the negative connotations attached to it, the lyrics are dying to be screamed live: “I am a man and I want to be heard / I am a man and I will never learn”. The overtly catchy and repetitive nature of the song keeps it locked in your memory bank for the rest of the day, all the while contemplating its meaning and why you’ve never listened to this band before.

8/10

‘Buddhist Soup (Giftes Pt 1)’ is available now from the band’s own imprint Goo Grrrl Records and can be purchased from the band’s Bandcamp page.

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