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ultralyd - Inertiadrome
Ultralyd can be said to operate in a sonic landscape that has as much in common with modern contemporary music as wiith heavy metal. While their vinyl only release ”Renditions” on The Last Record Company label in 2009 and their contribution to Rune Grammofon's recent ”Twenty Centuries Of Stony Sleep” compilation can easily be described as belonging to the former, ”Inertiadrome” introduces a more rhythm based, rough edged sound. What you get is an instrumental album of ensemble playing, practically free of soloing, largely driven by relentless drumming and monster heavy bass. The unorthodox instrument treatments fill the gaps while the bleak and futuristic sounding production brings a sense of doom. Ultralyd was formed in 2004 when legendary saxophonist Frode Gjerstad suggested that the trio Gjerstad/Olsen/Hana needed a distinct bass player. The very first rehearsal with Kjetil D Brandsdal (also of Noxagt) was released as the self titled album "Ultralyd" on the English label FMR in 2004. After a UK tour the same year the band established the sound captured on the album "Chromosome Gun" which was released in 2005 on the American avant-rock label Load Records. Frode Gjerstad decided to leave later in the year and for a short while the band operated as a trio before recruiting new sax player Kjetil Møster, winner of the Young International Jazz Talent award in New York in 2006. During two extensive European tours and several studio sessions Ultralyd's direction slowly changed from a rather chaotic free rock approach towards composition and more structured forms of improvisation, experimenting with different layers and altered roles of the instruments, integrating elements from contemporary music, electronic music, funk and doom metal.