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Boomkat Product Review:
Space rock was one of those genres that most people never really ‘got’, I mean was it that different from Kraut-rock, how did it distance itself from post-rock or math-rock? Do we even care? Well, we should if Paik are anything to do with it – their blend of beguiling noisy drone-rock is exactly what I want to hear at the moment. It’s abrasive and distorted but at the same time rather comforting – like Slowdive crammed through a steak mincer with some spices added to the resulting slop. Bands like Boris and Jesu have recently introduced a little of that shoegaze sensibility into their heavy rawk music, but wheras they brave uncharted territory, for Paik it seems natural – this is what they do and they do it damn well. The album’s highlight is the 10 minute epic ‘Monster of the Absolute’ – a grimy beast of a track, quite appropriately titled, it bubbles, growls and belches its way through the duration laying waste to anything in its path – yet retains a tight emotional core that is the key to the band’s strength. A peculiar album, there’s no doubt – but one which is bound to stay with you, even if you won’t quite know why.