Experimental rock from Auckland, Kerretta, has been making quite a scene overseas lately with their powerful live shows and heavy instrumental sound. Anyone familiar with their debut album, 'Vilayer', released in 2009 will be reminded of the potential that inevitably has followed in the shape of their second album, 'Saansilo', released September 18.
Opening track, 'A Way To Uprise' instantly hooks you in with deep crunchy riffs, solid hard drumming and creates a spectacular musical imagery that grows bigger and more vivid the further you listen. Amongst the gems on this album, 'A Way To Uprise' will have you wanting more from the beginning and a definite favourite. Soothing the calm from such heaviness, 'Hails To Whenever' brings a trippy melodic vibe, filled with beautiful dark- rock, heavy riffs and a bitter sweet psychedelic finish.
'Bloodlines' is up next; a steady five minute wonder of pulsing drum beats, laced with synthetic overtones and pulse. 'By The Throats' will have you at just that, when you hear the hypnotic feel of a chugging deep bass line choked in a slower paced riff and teamed with a dark jam that grows heavier and heavier till an abrupt end. 'Shepherds Thread' is a more melodic stand out track on 'Saansilo'. Beautifully crafted, filled with catchy riffs but still managing to maintain a heaviness and crunchiness.
Second to last track, 'Kept From The Brilliance Of The Outer World' again slows in pace. The Pixies dynamic of soft quiet, loud hard comes to mind while still keeping a tranquil vibe throughout. To finish things off, 'Onyxia' is a sparse metal rock feel with carefully crafted tempo drumming and deep bass lines that run thick to accompany beautiful guitar riffs.
'Saansilo' will create a journey for your ears and almost leave you stunned at how powerful an instrumental album can be when it is made with such intensity; a must have for any rock fan.
For those who have seen their blistering live show, Kerretta will no doubt be high on the "to see" gig agenda. Those yet to experience the propulsive, driving rock of this instrumental three-piece have a chance to see them push the envelope of tone and dynamics in an intense half hour set.
Their catchy, sometimes ambient and occasionally earsplittingly heavy brand of molten-core will appeal to fans of Sigur Ros and Bailterspace, but discerning listeners will know the trio peddle a uniquely atmospheric take on angular rock.
A performance in January 2009 at The Big Day Out helped them share stages with the like of Battles and Explosions In The Sky. Their debut 7", 'Death in the Future', is available now.