Ahleuchatistas is an experimental, avant-garde group that makes use of many differing influences and forges a result which is unique and memorable. “Arrebato” is an album of bold and radical ideas, paving the way for music as a means of self expression as well as personal research.
The band operates as a powerful duo, guitarist Shane Parish and drummer Ryan Oslance, that manage to create a full and compelling sound despite being 2 or 3 people short of most bands. Trying to define a genre on them is something that does not justice to their versatile and diverse approach, as one can see elements ranging from jazz fusion to noise rock, that manage to create a result that most people have never heard before. As musicians, both of them are exceptional, true masters of their instruments, a key factor to their success in terms of composition and creativity. The drumming is really ferocious and fast paced, employing differing rhythmic patterns, time signatures and paces, being something more than simply a solid background drumming. Instead drums are treated as a co-lead instrument instead of a supporting instrument, having equal weight in the final composition as the guitar has.
The guitar on the other hand has a diverse approach, making use of many effects, pedals etc in order to structure a result which fills the melody gap that some might see by the lack of vocals, second guitar, keyboards etc. In essence, it is like a compressed band that emits such strength and virtuosity, which renders it hard to believe that there are just two musicians behind the composition. It is well understood though that this virtuosity and music depth is not something easy to listen at all times, as it is not well suited for all situations. One should really try to actively listen to this album instead of playing it as a background music to tasks, thus it needs a degree of dedication from the receiving side in order to be fully appreciated.
The sound quality of the album complements the composition very well, as it uses a somewhat rugged, garage feel that clearly enhances the compositions that have this deeply experimental touch. It feels like being in front of a supreme jamming session, where sound is not crystal clear but the vibe and direct feel really manages to overcome any such hindrances. The instruments are at a perfect balance, both having equal status in the mix, something that underlines the fact that the band uses them as two co-lead instruments instead of rhythm & lead.
Ultimately, it is a record that anyone who wants to delve deep into the essence of experimental music must appreciate, as it offers many interesting ideas.