Great Sounds Great; Bad Sounds Bad: Tzar Behemoth ‘The Count’

TZAR BEHEMOTH

Great Sounds Great; Bad Sounds Bad is a column which sees a panel of writers for The Corner review a range of local singles and grade them out of 10. Check out the song below, read through their opinions and let us know in the comments section your own thoughts and what you’d like to see reviewed next time around.

[Bandcamp]

[Grade: 6.0]

Ben Tuimaseve: This is amazing! And is the most unlistenable thing I’ve come across in sometime, probably because I don’t get it. There’s not much musically going on, with only some eerie strings making love to some weird and dark vocals to make this drawn out strange music. I honestly cannot picture how an audience would react if this was played live (and don’t want to try) but am interested as to why the Tzar makes this kind of music and where the inspiration etc comes from. I suggest staying clear of this song if you are coming down. [3]

Chloe Cairncross: Thank you, thank you, a million thank yous! After a few depressing weeks littered with a glut of dull, unoriginal, forgettable tracks to review, this haunting piece jarred me awake. ‘The Count’ feels simultaneously creepy yet curiously inviting, like the ghost of your dead grandma standing at the foot of your bed. This track is not ‘catchy’ in any sense of the word so do not expect a dance party. But, with its introspection and considered layers, you will find yourself lying on the carpet, calm and expectant, examining the images your mind will conjure. I only wish this track was longer. [9]

Elizabeth Beattie: Dreamy, but slightly dreary at the same time too. The primal vocals are interesting but the production doesn’t really work. The percussive elements are cool, adding diversity, but overall the song is just not engaging enough for me. I have a strong feeling this would be great as a live performance, but somehow the magic is lost when translated onto recording. [5]

Eamonn Marra: The Eastern European scales in droney music is getting a bit old. It seems that since Godspeed did it but didn’t officially release it, everyone has thought they can do it and make it seem like it was their own decision. Oh god this review started off negative didn’t it? I’m trying to be more positive in reviews and there is a lot to be positive about in this song. They have followed the number one rule for music – reverb is what makes music sound good. I like how all the instruments blend together into this one sound which throbs inside your head (I am wearing headphones) and forces you to meditate. It is making writing this review very hard. I would like to see this performed live in an art gallery and everyone is sitting on the floor and there is white walls and about 45% of the audience is laying down or leaning on each other with their eyes closed even though there is wine all over the floor. [7]

2 Comments

  1. Chloe you will be glad (and Ben gutted) to know that the coming EP features a 17 minute alternate version called The Countess

    • Hey bro, not really guttered, amazed actually probably due to my ignorance of this music but do your thing man, it’s just a sound I cannot come to connect with no matter how much I try to listen to it which has been more than 10 times. Any suggestions?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*