|June 03, 2012 - Ultima Music Blog reviews BWV565 Redux - 9.5/10
Site: Ultima Music Blog
Date: June 5th 2012
Author: Jeffrey Allee
Single Review: BWV565 Redux by Krokmitën - 9.5/10
If you've been following us for some time, you know we have kept tabs on certain bands that really stand out to us in many ways. Krokmitën, being one of these bands, releases a new single they have been working on for quite some time. They gave us a bit of the information dealing this release in an interview we conducted with them previously (which can be found HERE) and we are excited to finally review it!
Krokmitën releases their new single, "BWV565 Redux", which can easily be described as a true metal transformation of the classical piece, "Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565", by Johann Sebastian Bach. Here is a bit of text from the band about the latest creation:
“Dubg (guitar) brought the idea and the arrangements for 7-String guitars of the original organ work. Since I’m not that big classical music buff, my main goal was to “Krokmitënize” the work and make it our own. I think we achieved just that!” states Simlev, KROKMITËN’s frontman. “This piece is quite challenging and fun, it has been written for an organ played with hands and feet, lots of part require fingers acrobatics when arranged for the guitar. I wanted to respect the original score as much as possible and stay away from the cliché of hair guitar meets classical stuff (without naming those who we love to hate). The inherent heaviness and apocalyptic shades of this work were very well suited for KROKMITËN” says Dubg (guitar).
Hearing these two pieces side by side, you can definitely hear how much Krokmitën has stayed within the composition of the original piece, backing up their statement a considerable amount. Throughout the original, you hear parts that contain a dark and dreary tone. In the redux, that same element is constant as well. The precision and timing is also impressive on so many levels, between the two guitars and the ever so brutal rhythms of the drums, you can't help but keep your ears glued until it ends. Although you wouldn't exactly place any sort of vocals in a project such as this, Krokmitën has found a way to incorporate them, using their signature guttural growls to emphasize the emotion depicted. Another great quality of this redux, is the consistency as well as tone. Again, the dreary and darkened tone is a main focus and deserves to be observed while you listen to it. If you are a classical music buff, recently getting into metal or you're a metal veteran, then you will definitely enjoy this modernized piece.
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