ZHORHANN

(FRANCE)

AINSI PARLAIT HOMININA

(2023)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Experimental, Fusion, Instrumental, Jazzy, Psychedelic, Technical
"With "Ainsi Parlait Hominina", Zhorhann offers a record of absolute freedom, a crossroads of multiple genres: jazz, math rock, grunge, metal. An experimental and progressive masterpiece."
CALGEPO (16.11.2023)  
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The choice of name for the project Zhorhann is not insignificant. It's linked to René Barjavel's "La Nuit des Temps", published in 1968, and derives from the Zoran equation, the source of universal energy according to the novel. The album is a sort of soundtrack to a character named Sapiens, who contemplates and studies his appearance, his attitudes, his complexity, his qualities, his faults... A kind of introspection on his own existence.

The music alone will be "his" guide, and thus that of the listener, who will be confronted with his own introspection. It's under the progressive genre, in the noblest sense, i.e. free of any code, that this session takes place. Drawing on a multitude of genres - jazz, rock, math rock, metal, cartoon, grunge - the album is an ode to complexity without getting lost in sterile convolutions. Zhorhann's talent is to offer riffs on which to hang up (the guitar line on 'Les Filleuls Ancestraux -Partie 1 et 2'). This is the very essence of progressive music, breaking down all barriers in much the same way as King Crimson, Zappa, Magma and, more contemporarily, Steven Wilson or Pain Of Salvation did on "Be".

The album undeniably takes some effort to tame, yet retains its wild side thanks to its high density. The relationship with 1970s music also lies in this effort, which often defines great albums. The breaks are legion, moving from hyper-dynamic moments to more ethereal passages ('Egoduc') and even simpler melodic moments ('Sweet Acid'). Fusion is the key word on this album, and the three musicians' technical mastery is impressive. Although the album may seem hermetic, we'd strongly advise you to persevere, as it contains some crazy passages, such as the surprising gypsy jazz of the introduction to the first part of 'Les Filleuls Ancestraux'.

"Ainsi Parlait Hominina" is an album of great richness, with many reliefs, free, not obeying any code. Don't miss this record, which is recommended to all fans of experimental music that is both technical and profoundly human.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
FRANK ZAPPA, MAGMA, KING CRIMSON

TRACK LISTING:
01. L'homme à la tête de gélule - 9:28
02. Les filleuls ancestraux - partie - 1 - 3:45
03. Intro - (si si...) - 4:03
04. Le flamant rose - 3:35
05. Les filleuls ancestraux - partie 2 - 5:52
06. Egoduc - 7:28
07. Sweet acid (M'Z cover) - 3:16
08. Dieu sirote le sang - 8:16

LINEUP:
Heiva Arnal: Batterie
Mathieu Torres: Guitares
Vincent Blandeau: Basse
   
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