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"Satin Black" CD

Strange Attractors Audio House

Genres: drone metal, psychedelia, instrumental

Strange Attractors
PO Box 13007
Portland OR 97213

Sep 26 - Oct 3 2004

How do you describe an album like this?  Paik's work falls under the instrumental drone rock banner, but it is so noisy and aggressive that I can't help thinking it would make for one pretty messed up acid trip.  Right off the get-go, Satin Black is an aural assault - "Jaynefield" opens with a brooding guitar line to set things up, before jumping into a chugging, metal-influenced slab of rock.  It's actually surprisingly accessible, as Paik seems content to wait awhile before heading into the more experimental realm of feedback and drone.  Second track "Dirt For Driver" covers that base - it's an uplifting, echoing hunk of psych-metal abstraction.  Riffs keep things vaguely structured, but as a whole it's a pretty atmospheric piece of music.

"Satin Black," at fifteen minutes, finally drops off the deep end; a dreamy work of acid drone, it makes no apologies and doesn't even pretend to be accessible.  What starts off with a distinct rhythm and a growling bass riff eventually disintegrates into a reverberating, chaotic hollowness.  Every semblance of melody is buried so deep in the mess you'd need a pneumatic drill to extract it.  "Dizzy Stars," meanwhile, is sludgy and suffocating - a descent into the netherworlds of existence.  The haunting, beatless "Stellar Meltdown En El Oceano" finishes things up in pure ambient drone territory.

Paik makes powerful drone metal music that is worth a listen if you're into the instrumental psychedelia noise genre.  Despite all the feedback and chaos, they are still considerably more accessible than most acts working under the same genre, and will therefore make for a fine introductory course.  Satin Black is apocalyptic fun.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]