LACONIC ZERO – Sun To Death | Aristocrazia Webzine


Band: Laconic Zero
Title: Sun To Death
Year: 2018
Country: Norway
Label: Handmade Records

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Translation: Oneiros

  1. Evoke Heat
  2. Light Harvesting
  3. Gladeflicker
  4. Inborn Eclipse
  5. Rays
  6. Infractor
  7. Into The Plasma
  8. Diamond Crash
  9. Freezing Point
  10. Vs TDS
  11. The Sun To Death

Imagine a fan-fiction in which Mario, the most famous videogame's Italian plumber, quits his life's job to create an experimental band together with Luigi and Yoshi: what could possibly go wrong? Well, it looks like the album I'm going to write you about has gone wrong more than once, but so wrong that it definitely suits our webzine perfectly.

Laconic Zero is one of those acts which you can expect anything surreal from just by reading its description and that is anyway capable of exceeding it, playing much more absurdly than you might have thought. After more than a decade from its debut "Tribeca" and lots of live shows together with names such as Lightning Bolt and Casiokids, Trond Harold Jensen is back with his solo project's new record, "Sun To Death", an album which looks gorgeous from the very first look, also thanks to Camilla Wang's graphics.

The album's core concept is that a bass guitar and a Commodore 64 can be just enough to blast the hell out and all this seems quite clear since the very first "Evoke Heat"; you see, even a computer from the Eighties has the right to have fun with odd time signatures, blast beats and rhythms coming from the most extreme and frantic Electronic, Hardcore and Metal acts. That's how we get from the ethereal psychedelic "Into The Plasma" to the most convulsively headbangable "Gladeflicker" and "Diamond Crash", forgetting not to mention "Inborn Eclipse" in which those two aspects collide and merge.

As the Commodore 64 takes care of both drums and synths, a real, metallic and distorted musical instrument plays the bass lines. More than once you're going to notice how similar those human parts are to those we are more used to write about on these pages, just without all the more traditional elements that, here, are replaced with some definitely vintage madness.

"Sun To Death" manages, in less than half a hour, to be a really tough piece of record to listen, due to its unconventional nature and to the frenzy that leads most of the eleven tracks. If it seems more of a solid pointless mess when you first listen to it, the more it spins in your stereo, the more you realize how mad and complex are those songs and their songwriting, discovering each time something new. It's definitely a gem not meant to be appreciated by anyone, though it'll surely be of a certain value for those who love such experiments.