(All Album Reviews by ffroyd)
Ahkmed is a trio from Melbourne, Australia that plays a self described space post stoner rock and who am I to argue with that? Actually, that description fits them quite well. I can hear similarities to groups like Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, Godspeed You Black Emperor and the Pink Floyd influence makes me think of The Future Kings of England quite a bit when Iím listening to this album. I canít help it, I still dig that blissed-out guitar tone whenever I hear it.
The band consists of John-Paul Caligiuri on drums and vocals, Carlo Iacovino on guitars and Dan McNamara on bass. They put out a few singles and EPs in the past and a collection of those tracks are on a compilation disc called CHICXULUB, whatever that means. Earlier this year their debut CD was released on the German psych/stoner rock label Elektrohasch.
Most of the tracks on Distance are long fuzzed out jams, except for one short fuzzed out jam called ďSomaĒ. While there are vocals at times, they arenít really dominant in the music at all and they seem to sneak up on you unexpectedly. The music mainly consists of spacey, infinite sustain guitars and a steady rhythm section: a simple formula but very effective. Iíd say my favorite on Distance is the title track. At almost 12 minutes, it really gives the band a chance to go wild.
While there isnít a whole lot to say when describing this album, I will say itís one of my favorites of the year so far. I would suggest that if you are into anything that I mentioned in the first part of this review to go and check out the music the band has on their myspace page. I think youíll dig.