RAKTA: Self-titled: 12” EP

Tough one to describe here. Which is a good thing, really. I hear strong death rock elements in the percussion and bass, and occasionally in the guitar. Then there’s this really wide and blown-out post-punk, post-rock, post-whatever, sort of art-damaged, vibe that dominates the sound that keeps everything from getting too dark and too heavy. Things really get interesting around songs like “Life Comes from Death” with its creepy graveyard organ sound, and the lumbering “Secret” where the bass has a loose and dark edge that takes the sound into the depths. Then there are the vocals in that song that have this distant dream feel. So good… Unfortunately, the songs “Ganex; Black Mob” and “Caverna” run too long and bog things down, killing the mood established by the previous songs. “Caverna” has its moments, and is more focused than “Ganex,” but neither song fit well with the previous four. Maybe it’s a matter of having to spend more time with these songs. Whatever the case, the material on the first side is definitely worth your time. 

 –M.Avrg (Nada Nada, nadanadadiscos.com)