Instrumental rock/metal: when encountering this tag, people will probably immediately think about post-rock. After all, post-rock’s the ultimate instrumental rock genre and is immensely popular these days. However, we’re not dealing with a post-rock band here. We’re dealing with a progressive metal band that just doesn’t need a vocalist. Face it, who needs vocals when you can make music that is powerful enough to stand on its own?
TerraTerra, a project of multi-instrumentalist Ayli K. from Russia probably grew tired of negativity and the depressive atmosphere. To cleanse himself, Ayli K. started playing and putting music together and somehow this seemed to work pretty well. TerraTerra is his debut album, and it shows an enthusiastic and energetic project, searching own niche within the instrumental rock world.
The songs on the album are relatively short pieces (two over six minutes) of instrumental rock, placing this band between acts like Kong, Monkey3, Sleepmakeswaves, Mastodon, Tool, etc. Note that these are all mainly live bands and I have a feeling that TerraTerra is no exception, but as it seems this is just a studio project for now. Anyway, I can imagine this music working very well on stage, probably because one of the most potentially annoying elements, the vocals, are just not present. TerraTerra treats us to an intense amount of fuzzy riffs, pounding drums and often complicated, almost chaotic and dissonant structures.
TerraTerra‘s weapon of choice is distortion, that’s for sure. After the atmospheric intro, “Just Once” kicks in with some destructive force, fierce and intense enough to entertain yours truly. The rest of the songs follow similar patterns of heavy passages and short breathers. Highlights are “Infected,” “Rotten Food is the Best Meal” and “Friends of the Past.”
There’s little need for lengthy atmospheric passages. TerraTerra mainly wants to rock and that is perfectly fine. However, I have a feeling that Ayli K. has more potential than he show here. This is a project that can grow and become a solid standout in the chosen niche.
I’m going to keep an eye on TerraTerra and so should every instrumental rock music fan. You don’t often have the chance to see a band grow and become the best version of themselves. WithTerraTerra you actually can’t go wrong. This is high-potency rock music with a tremendous DIY-attitude.
Buy TerraTerra from Bandcamp.