Archivist Reviews, 14
Artist: Lugubrum Trio (Belgium)
Album: Wakar Cartel (LP, 2017, Aphelion Productions)
An album can only be inexplicable to those who have not yet heard it. Lugubrum Trio (formerly known as just #Lugubrum) are out to disprove this thesis in incendiary fashion.
Remember the first time you heard Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica?" And it just sounded like a bunch of people who had no idea what they were doing? This band is in that vein, but with sudden spurts of black metal thrown into the mix. Almost like Al-Namrood but with a prog/psychedelic/free-form jazz element. What else can you expect from a group that labels themselves as 'brown metal,' though?
As crazy as it sounds, "Wakar Cartel" (2017) isn't even the oddest ball of the bunch when compared to the rest of Lugubrum/Trio's discography (that coveted title may continue to lie with "Face Lion Face Oignon"). There are still plenty of shenanigans to dissect here, though.
A song with a three minute trumpet/glockenspiel intro. A funkadelic romp that spontaneously combusts into lo-fi black metal. A riff focused track that breaks into an extended psychedelic/vocal passage.
You get the point, this music is everywhere. If the goal of all musicians is to play what they feel, then that is exactly what Lugubrum Trio achieve, albeit a strong case of bi-polar disorder.
Opinions will undoubtedly vary on the legitimacy of music such as this, but I greatly enjoy what this album has to offer. It contains enough skillfully made material to easily captivate active listeners, especially those with broader interests than strictly metal (if that's the case, the early lo-fi #kvlt days of this band's discography may suit your liking). At the worst, it makes for some damned interesting background noise. For fans of #AlNamrood, #CaptainBeefheart, #Primus, and basically anything that you wouldn't even hear on the most obscure of Belgian radio stations.