Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Koufar - The Purity Of The Cedars

'The Purity Of The Cedars'
Koufar
2010

Genre/s: Power Electronics, Harsh Noise
For Fans Of: Insurgent, Swallowing Bile, Prurient, Waves Crashing Piano Chords

Koufar (aka Waddiah Rabiah Chami) is something of an anomaly in the power electronics scene. Rather than toting the usual themes (sex, serial killers, racism, misogyny etc), Koufar   focuses on the current political climate in Lebanon, from a Mlitant Right-Wing Maronite perspective - a unique take on the genre that still keeps the extreme ethos. Musically (I use that term subjectively) Koufar delves samples from news programs and Arabic chants, crunchy low end  rumbles and piercing blasts of feedback, with minimal effects or processing. The vocals are high in the mix, allowing you to take in most of the lyrical content and adding yet another layer to the already abrasive mix. 'The Purity Of The Cedars' is a deeply personal album given Chami's cultural background, as well as his personal experience with the violence in Lebanon, and in a genre that's full of artists trying to outdo each other in terms of extreme content, it's refreshing to see a genuinely sincere release.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Child Of God
2. Forced Unity
3. Cowards
4. IDF Military Cooperation (A Common Enemy)
5. Dies Irae
6. The Promise (The Prophet, Part 2)
7. Our Birth Right

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