I’ve covered Rollor’s work in the past and now they have released an album. More below.
It’s, well – it’s interesting. It’s an 8-track LP called Beasts In Men Shapes and if you are unfamiliar with past releases then you will be quite flummoxed.
See, Rollor make this sound of post-rock grunge music that completely grabs your attention from the word go. This is pretty well exploited on songs like Vedic Sanskrit, which opens the album with an unconventional time signature and a great guitar riff. But the opener segues into F. Hammer (Unwritten), a growly mess of found sound and scratched fretboards.
We come back to reality with the Depository Manouvre, which is a pretty good rock song, but then we’re taken back to Wonderland or whatever this place is with a track of re-cut audio from what sounds like a Conservative Party conference from the 90’s, with additional guitar. This is looking like a pattern.
Minority of the Opulent, a largely instrumental but solid track, is followed by the predictably impenetrable Tollor, and Island/Jekyll, which sounds as if it’s been recorded backwards. The album finishes on War Is A Racket, a trademark song that bookends the record reassuringly.
The thing is, I’m pretty sure Rollor are making fun of me on some level with all this crazyness. It’s just I still like listening to it.
You can download the album for yourself, for free, and see if you agree with me.