PATER NEMBROT (Sequoia Seeds) LP/CD
If I didn't know better, I would think that PATER NEMBROT is an old German krautrock band from 1971 just because the band name is so typical for that time. But they come from Italy and 'Sequoia Seeds', released in February 2011 by Go Down Records, is their second album. However, it is noticeable that the 1970's play a not to be underestimated role in their sound. And that doesn't just apply to the hard riffs but also to the psychedelic influences that can be found in a few of the songs. On the other hand, it is quite obvious that Soundgarden had a very strong influence on PATER NEMBROT. Especially 'Louder Than Love' has left a lasting impression in their hearts. Otherwise, I should be at a loss to explain why tracks such as 'The Weaner' or 'Supercell' constantly remind me of that album.
It quickly becomes clear that 'Sequoia Seeds' is very much a bridge between 1971 and 1989. Thereby, PATER NEMBROT easily manage to combine both worlds with a good result. Jack Pasghin and Alfredo "Big J" Casoni produce a powerful rhythm section that rages head on with Philip Leonardi's blues-drenched guitar lines and his casual vocal style. His meaty riffs and power chords give this stuff a rough and wild edge, but he also has a good intuitive feeling for harmonies and dynamics. Of course, everything I've said above doesn't mean much without good songs, but fortunately PATER NEMBROT deliver in this department as well. The lengthy instumental jam 'No Man's Land' gives the musicians ample opportunity to showcase their skills, with some great grooves and stunning guitar and drum work. 'Sequoia' is a mellow and short guitar-only song that provides a nice break before 'Once Were Mud' turns on the heaviness again.
One of my favourites on this album is the opener 'The Weaner', a track which slowly builds from the initial strains of atonal resonance and swirling keyboard sounds into an overpowering massive riff. There is also a pleasingly sweet guitar melody that significantly raises the recognition value of the song. In 'H.a.a.r.p.', a hammond organ suddenly pops up and one has the feeling immediately that the 1970's not yet come to an end by a long chalk. PATER NEMBROT have a raw and honest sound and it's obvious that they just create the kind of authentic music they love to play. 'Sequoia Seeds' is a truly mammoth album and further proof of Italy's enormous capacity for heavy psychedelic rock. PATER NEMBROT have recorded a varied and fresh record that is in many ways superior to other groups who are located the same musical regions. What I find particularly disturbing, though, is the hidden bonus track at the end of 'Sequoia Seeds'. Not because I don't like it, but it's just too good for a hidden track.