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  NON FINIRe mai  
Release Date:
  late 2002  
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Let us posit a guy. For the sake of argument, we will assume this guy lives in Slovenia. Slovenia. Just above Italy. No, youíre thinking of Slovakia. Thatís on the other side of Austria and Hungary. Slovenia is right on the northeastern Italian border.

No, I have no idea where it came from. I assume it was one of those countries that just sort of popped up out of nowhere during the 90s. We had the stock market boom; Europe had countries popping up willy-nilly.

Look, itís not important. Or maybe it is. I donít really know how important it is, itís just that for the sake of our little experiment here weíre going to need to imagine a man living in Slovenia. His name is Ales. No, with an ess, not an ex. I donít know. He didnít mention a last name. Wait, thereís a poorly translated review on his website that says his last name is Uratnik. So, itís Ales Uratnik. Are we good through this point? Right, a guy named Ales Uratnik who lives in Slovenia.

Good. This is where it gets weird. Ėer. Weird-er.

Letís say Ales is in Slovenia, and heís a musician. (For kicks we can say heís a graphic designer as well, but weíre not even going to try to flush that bit out today.) Heís a Slovenian musician. He was in bands all throughout the 90s. Metal bands. Thrash metal. Okay, youíre going to have to work with me here. Thrash metal was a lot bigger in central Europe than it was in the States. Alesí band actually played a gig with Motorhead. I donít care what part of Western Civilization youíre living in; playing with Lemmy is pretty goddamned cool. Alesí band was booked to play with Fugazi too, but there was some drama involving the bassist and they had to cancel that. They were, apparently, a very good Slovenian thrash metal band.

I canít say for certain how good they were, because Iíve never actually heard bad Slovenian thrash metal, much less good Slovenian thrash metal. And to top it all off, Iíve never heard anything by Alesí particular Slovenian thrash metal band either, so I really have no clue. But they fucking played with Motorhead, so there must be something there, right?

Okay, weíre getting off track. This is all setup. Ales doesnít even play thrash metal any more. No, that was the past. He used to play thrash metal, but that was so 1995, okay? Now heís an electronic musician. Right. It plays in with the whole graphic designer bit, if you see the connection. Computers. Itís all about computers.

Okay, so our guy Ales, former thrash metal champ and graduate of the Lemmy Kilmister school of kick-ass, is now making electronica. In Slovenia. Right. I told you it was going to get weirder. Now hereís the kicker:

He sent us a promo.

God, the internet so fucking rocks! We got a promo, from a former Slovenian thrash metal guy currently releasing D.I.Y. electronica out of said country, all because we put this silly little site up a few years ago. How fucking cool is that?! This promo is called Pilotinstaller. It comes with a graphics executable too.

Okay, maybe Iím more excited about things like this than you, the reader, might be. But geez! Iím getting mail from countries I have to look up on Mapquest. That just giggles me to no end. And to just ice the cake perfectly, the music is actually pretty damned interesting. Now, fair warning requires that I point out that ďinterestingĒ does not necessarily equate with ďpoppyĒ, ďmelodicĒ or ďeasy to dance toĒ, though elements of the disc can be described with any of those words except ďpoppy.Ē Of course, the album also includes live flute performances. And improvised vocal arrangements by people named Polona Dovzan and Darja Drobnic. I think I once played a dwarven fighter named Drobnic, but I digress.

On the whole it is, how to sayÖ otherwise. Itís not what Iíd call drone. Itís not what Iíd call IDM. Itís not really what Iíd call electronica or techno. I donít know what to call it, really. Maybe we should just call it Slovenian, addendum that it is good and interesting, and leave it at that.

But if we did that we would be failing to mention the Dismemberment Plan cover. And we really should mention the Dismemberment Plan cover. Because, you know, itís there, on the album. Track 10. What Do You Want Me To Say? From Emergency and I. And it provides a familiar, if also completely alien, bridge by which to span the gap from wherever you are to Slovenia. So we really should mention the Dismemberment Plan cover.

So this is what weíre positing here. A Slovenian guy named Ales Uratnik, formerly of Slovenian thrash metal band that played with Motorhead, currently making electronica that defies convenient classification; that defies even my usually convenient centrifuge analogies. Thatís what weíre dealing with. Track two opens with a pretty plucked, almost-classical guitar riff. Track 10 is an eye-opening cover of a D-Plan song. Track 11 doesnít sound completely unlike an update of The Scorpions. You may take it from here.

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