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Blast: A Sophisticated Face (CD, 48:10); Cuneiform Records Rune 125 I am going to state, upfront, to be fair to Blast -- I am no fan of RIO, (Rock In Opposition). So be it. Attention fans of Henry Cow, Fred Firth, Bela Bartok, Arnold Schoenberg, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and avant garde, cubist chamber rock -- Blast is here. Very likely, this creative, rock-not-rock is perhaps good to paint your Berlin Wall, coffee-table slab by --say, in Dadaist black and reds. Also, may it be known, I’m no fan of free jazz either but at times, interesting things may occur. I suppose after my second listen to Blast, I do hear inventively complex and tight explosions/collisions in what I shall dub “free rock for small orchestra”. This Dutch band offers 11 tracks of rough-chiseled, syncopated, strained tempo guitar, bass, drums, reeds, violin, cello, marimba, brass, and the eclectic cimbalon. I am sure this is very, very hip stuff for some folks. Yet with my being “def-notta-fanboy” I can only say, “I don’t get it man.” Alas, I did enjoy the Zappaesque “Zoot” with vibes, the intro to “Høgh”, and the Phil Miller/Volaré-styled, fuzzed/clean guitar work in the 8:08 “Emety Neprac”. So get on the Old Iconclastic Rock, (OIR), bus with this CD as your fare and have a real Blast from the past. “Oh, the angst of it all.” ~ John W. Patterson
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