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Down Below It's Chaos
Kinski
Down Below It's Chaos
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
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Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle, WA. Their unique evocation of avant-rock is deconstructionist and heady, but also emotive and visceral. NME described Kinski as: Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a pow...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Kinski
Title: Down Below It's Chaos
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Sub Pop
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 8/21/2007
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 098787074123, 098787074161

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Album Description
Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle, WA. Their unique evocation of avant-rock is deconstructionist and heady, but also emotive and visceral. NME described Kinski as: Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge. Comprised of guitarists Chris Martin and Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Matthew also plays keyboards and flute), bassist Lucy Atkinson, and drummer Barrett Wilke, Kinski have toured with Mission of Burma, Comets on Fire, Oneida, Mono, Acid Mothers Temple, Black Mountain, and most recently opened a month of dates for Tool on their spring ?07 tour. Produced and recorded by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Boris) at his Aleph Studio in Seattle, Down Below It?s Chaos is Kinski?s 3rd full-length for Sub Pop. With the notable inclusion of 3 songs with subdued yet urgent vocals courtesy of Chris Martin, the new record is a kaleidoscopic mix of Kinski's expansive, over-driven power and intricate beauty. With majestically fuzzed out guitar tones, spare and pounding rhythms, and swirling sonic textures, Down Below It?s Chaos sums up Kinski's past and propels them into the ozone. What's left of it that is.

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CD Reviews

Somewhere in the middle
Will Blandin | Boston, MA USA | 09/12/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Down below it's Chaos falls somewhere between the sound of Airs Above Your Station and Alpine Static, yet doesn't quite live up to either of them. That's not to say I wouldn't recommend this album, there are some great songs here, but there seems to be a bit of filler on it also. "Crybaby Blowout" opens things up with a fuzzy Alpine Static sort of feel but somehow leaves you wishing there was more to it. Unlike their last album, this time around there are a few songs with vocals. "Passwords and Alcohol" which is an album highlight, has Chris Martin giving us a sort of Thurston Moore sound to his vocals. "Boy Was I Mad" which easily could have been a B-side from Airs Above Your Station, is easily the best track on the album. Other highlights include "Plan, Steal Drive", "Punching Goodbye Out Front" and "Silent Biker Type". While this may not be Kinski's best release, it's definitely worth picking up. Seeing them live is also a must so don't pass up the opportunity."
Kinski - 'Down Below It's Chaos' (Sub Pop)
Mike Reed | USA | 11/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Believe this to be Kinski's third CD on the Sub Pop label. Just as good (if not, better) than any of their previous efforts, I thought. Noticed that 'Down Below It's Chaos' is a mostly instrumental release with a limited amount of vocals here and there. Starts off with a decent instrumental - "Crybaby Blowout". Next up is a all out heavy space rocker "Passwords & Alcohol", the well-played psychedelic "Day Room At Narita Int'l", the jamming "Boy Was I Mad", the guitar-ripping "Child Had A Train To Catch", the stunning atmospheric "Plan, Steal, Drive" (sort of reminds me of Hawkwind - possibly the disc's best cut altogether), the melodic "Punching Goodbye Out Front" and the fantastic nine-minute head-tripping epic - "Silent Biker Type". After my brain stops spinning and catches up with the rest of my body, I'm going to seriously attempt to listen to this CD again. Be sure to check out their My Space - couple of tunes here are played in their entirety. Highly recommended."
Kisnki Concedes Some Ground
Fritz Gerlich | admin@audioetc.info | 11/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I guess it was inevitable. It's really f'ing hard to be an instrumental rock band with well mastered records, people seem to need lyrics for some reason and record companies demand extreme average rms volume levels.

In general people seem not to be able to listen to just music, they want to be distracted from it by some inane words they can sing along to. People have to fill up the world with words it seems. It bums me out because I love instrumental music, and wish there was more rock oriented stuff. I find lyrics distracting, and usually really stupid. I guess Kinski resisted the tide for as long as they could, but the concession is not complete as not every song has lyrics and not every moment of the songs that do are filled up with vocals.

As far as the mastering goes, it seems as if they have conceded some ground here as well. (for these comments to make sense you have to know what the loudness war is, go to wikipedia and search for 'loudness war'). Alpine static was mastered really well for a rock album. There were plenty of dynamics and the instruments sounded great and the drums had punch. Top notch. This album sees the mastering slipping into the realm of overcompression and brickwall limiting. So the cd sounds louder than Alpine Static at the same volume, but the drums have lost their punch and the instruments sound deadened and lifeless. Not that this album is an egregious example of an overloud rock cd, for that listen to Californication or Death Magnetic. It's just that it is not as good as the previous effort. To be fair, I haven't listened to the vinyl version, and vinyl is usually mastered with more dynamic range than cd's. Which is weird, because cd's have so much more potential than vinyl. So it looks like Kinski have decided to try to sell some more albums by doing what everyone else is doing. I hope it works for them.

Now onto the music. Like always, the big K provides its fans with some fantastic psyc oriented rock. These guys would have been kings had this been 1973. This stuff has pace, inventiveness, virtuosity, and great melodies aplenty. It stands with some of the best psych rock around, imo. They really deserve more acclaim (I think the addition of some tracks with vocals may help to achieve that).

Personally, I prefer Alpine Static. It sounds better, doesn't have distracting vocals, and is a really great piece of instrumental psych."