Thursday, November 06, 2014

Daily Rock (Switzerland) on Anatomy of Habit

From Daily Rock: "This album will help you prepare for the coming winter."

ANATOMY OF HABIT – Ciphers + Axioms

Anatomy of Habit - Ciphers+Axioms
Anatomy of Habit – Ciphers+Axioms

Deux c’est peu, ou, beaucoup, c’est selon ! C’est aussi le nombre de chansons de cet album, donc peu ! Mais, la qualité est au rendez-vous, donc beaucoup ! Les titres sont longs, ils s’étirent comme nos habitudes, qui se jouent du temps et de nos attentions. Le groupe use de ‘stratagèmes post rock’ en incluant des instants contemplatifs et mélancoliques superbes. Il y a des sonorités quelque peu « indus » (qui rappellent Swans ou The Book Of Knot), ce qui rend les choses mois évidentes qu’il n’y paraît. Il faut être pleinement attentif pour pénétrer l’anatomie de ces deux titres. Mais une fois que l’on est pris dedans, on découvre des riffs bien heavy, des atmosphères sombres, voire malsaines grâce à cette voix, qui oscille entre lumière et noirceur. Cet album t’aidera à préparer la venu de l’hiver.

Metal Hammer on Anatomy of Habit

From Metal Hammer (excerpt):

Avant-doomsters perform multi-dimensional soul-surgery

A bastion of experimentalism for some of the metal avant- garde’s heaviest hitters, Anatomy Of Habit’s Relapse debut throws out the rulebook and stretches ambitious fingers towards the threshold of perception.

Life is Noise on Anatomy of Habit

Sounds Like Hell: Anatomy of Habit
Sounds Like Hell is an irregular feature on noise rock.


Anatomy of Habit carry themselves with the same seriousness as Neurosis, which is to say that this is a group of people who do not fuck around when it comes to their craft. When I first saw them supporting Pelican in their native Chicago two years ago, that was what stood out: the religiosity of their musical expression, as though the music was part of a larger, unspoken ritual.

So it’s fitting that ‘Radiate and Recede’, the first of two tracks from their forthcoming LP Ciphers + Axioms, proceeds with like a netherworld hymn. While Neurosis flourish on catharsis and release, Anatomy of Habit prefer to let tension bubble to the point of listener discomfort. Mark Solotoroff’s doesn’t so much sing or speak as he delivers emotionless incantations over snarling guitars and dual percussionists who sound like they’re shattering glass with every beat. This is uneasy listening, equal parts beautiful and distressing, meticulous and psychologically draining, the way challenging art should be.

Anatomy of Habit Album Streaming on Pitchfork

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