Insanely nasty, metal-infused drums meet inspiration from Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, John Coltrane, and Jimi Hendrix?? WTF, right? Well, in the case of Zach Hill of Hella, that is no fairy tale, nor is it something out of the ordinary in the strange world henceforth known as Astrological Straits. Hill’s debut as a composer/artistic director somehow puts into the rhythmic beats and patterns of a kit what cannot be expressed with actual notes — or, um, words…
The album compiles who’s who of jaw-droppers including Primus’ Les Claypool, visionary guitarist Marnie Stern, Team Sleep/Deftones’ Chino Moreno, and Hill’s Hella bandmates Carson McWhirter and Josh Hill, just to name a FEW. What’s more, you ask? Well! If the avant garde, crazy, offbeat rhythms don’t collapse your skull in confusion, then they’ll certainly impress. The imprint left from Coltrane, Miles, and co. can be seen in the memorable riffs filling the space between those awesome beats Hill plays as well.
For a knee buckling, goosepimple forming, hair raising experience, we’ve conveniently included a sample from the release, which is out on August 12th, titled “Dark Art.” Properly named, might we add.
MP3: Zach Hill – Dark Art