Godemiché – Godemiché

I like the primitivism of this. It’s basic in a way that’s hard to describe: the guitar never performs a fill, though the drums do, but those are probably semi-improvised anyway. Riffs are composed out of handfuls of power chords, like a lot of black metal, but this feels even simpler than ‘Transilvanian Hunger’ for some weird reason. Maybe it’s the crudeness (in a good way) of what’s written here: while the material of ‘Transilvanian Hunger’ sounded like it had been gathering frost for a while, the material on this self-titled demo sounds like it was written in about three hours total. And yet while all this sounds insulting, it’s the sort of thing I like a lot.

Godemiché plays raw black metal, but in that neo-raw style where everything seems entirely composed of riffs. It exists roughly in the same realm as something like Zarach ‘Baal’ Tharagh (in a vague sense of neither style nor quality, really), in the sort of hasty construction that defines it. I can tell the writing process that went here: Sit down with guitar, poke around with different power chords until your find a good riff, immediately write it down and move to the next one, and when you have the ‘right’ number of riffs, the song is done. There is no ‘structure’, just a series of interconnecting segments. And yet while this would harm most artists, in this style, it seems to make perfect sense, because these aren’t really ‘songs’ in the traditional sense; they’re all pretty anonymous and lacking in individual personality; just sort of fragments of riffs and drums and distantly rasped vocals. And once again, this is a good thing.

Everything here could be played with absolutely zero technical skill. The riffs are all ridiculously simple and not very ‘catchy’ or ‘memorable’, and yet they aren’t made to be. This is music that isn’t really about the music, but about the creation of it. It sounds strange; that’s because it is. But this is the sort of thing that was probably crafted on its own with all its goals and ideas set aside at the very beginning, with stuff like ‘being released’ or ‘caring what people think’ very, very distant priorities indeed. It’s such a cool listen, though: I love the simple yet elegant drumming, and that noisy, droning guitar tone, and how it could at once be something very trendy and absolutely cult at once. This review resembles a fairly structureless stream of thought, but that’s what Godemiché essentially is itself: just a set of musical thoughts without beginning or end, but assigned arbitrary names, times, and a vague semblance of structure.

This isn’t a difficult listen, but it isn’t something most people would really enjoy, but instead have a rather neutral opinion of. For me, I enjoy it quite a bit. It has a sort of stable, communal quality to it that I find quite endearing, and it’s workmanlike and pragmatic to an awesome extreme. Very simple, very thin, very cool.

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~ by noktorn on August 31, 2007.

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