What is the Anatomy of your Habit?

What is the Anatomy of your Habit?

Adriana SaboFriday,26 December 2014

Anatomy of Habit: the name suggests that the band might intend to challenge your listening habits, by making you understand the way they are created. They do that by making music that you are most definitely not accustomed to. The band is comprised out of Theo Katsaounis (percussion), Will Lindsay (guitar), John McEntire (drums), Kenny Rasmussen (bass) and Mark Solotroff (vocals) and was formed in 2008 in Chicago. They define the music they play primarily through following genres: Doom Metal / Shoegazer / Post Punk / Death Rock / Industrial. And that crazy blend is precisely what makes their music so interesting. Their latest release, titled Ciphers + Axioms is their latest experiment in the art of combining different, mostly violent musical genres. As they say, fans of such bands as “Joy Division, Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, My Bloody Valentine, Black Sabbath, Fields of the Nephilim” will love them.

Ciphers + Axioms is Anatomy of Habit’s debut for Relapse Records, and it’s defined as “an intensely terrifying tranced-out post-metal noise-rock masterpiece.” As can be expected from any music made by the famous noise musician Mark Solotroff, Ciphers + Axioms brings about a lot of loud, intense, mind blowing music. It consists of two twenty minutes tracks — “Radiate and Recede” and “Then Window” — both incredibly complex and layered, bringing about different shades of dark. The combination of the already-mentioned genres results in the feeling that at every moment of the tracks you can hear each one of them, all layers intertwined. It should be noted that this is one of the “nicer,” more communicative versions of music made by Solotroff.

Ever since the band was formed, they have had a regularly growing fan base, receiving more an more praises from critics and listeners alike. And one of the reasons — besides the indisputable quality of their music — is that you don’t really expect this kind of music from Mark Solotroff, yet after listening to it for a while, you realize it could have been made only by such a musician. Both tracks take you on an almost psychedelic experience created by roaring amps, waves of distorted guitars and a melodic, deep and melancholic voice. In addition, the rhythm section of the band is making their own acrobatics, opening up a whole new musical space that seems endless. Together, these guys make music that has a uniquely high level of energy and owes much to the industrial bands such as Cabaret Voltaire and even Throbbing Gristle. This connection pops up especially in “Then Window,” which is militant and aggressive, reminiscent of the never stopping thuds of industrial machines or marching armies. In this case, the doom metal-like and especially post punk segments come as a fantastic contrast, introducing a new atmosphere, new shade of the same colour, shedding some new light on  the musical material.

In the end, you are left amazed and you feel pressed to play Ciphers + Axioms again as the lyrics of “Then Window” echo in your head: “Purpose against pattern, The architecture of faces, A life lived backwards, Awakenings – why prolong? A sexual renaissance, Ciphers and axioms.”

Ciphers and axioms…

Ciphers and axioms…

Ciphers and axioms…

Ciphers and axioms…

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