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Album Review

Chingalera's choice of producer for their second album, 2008's Dose, pretty much says it all about their musical mindset at the time of its creation. While their first album, 2007's spartanly captured In the Shadow of the Black Palm Tree, had reflected the always unobtrusive engineering touch of indie rock maven Steve Albini — a notorious recording studio "janitor" notorious for keeping things tidy by interfering as little as possible with his subjects' raw goods — this sophomore outing was overseen by Sylvia Massey, and thus it reflected many of her contributions to the early works of progressive metal icons Tool, in all of their dense arranging intricacies. And so, needless to say, the sonic transformation betwixt Chingalera's two albums is nothing short of startling; as their protracted musical sketches (typically exceeding ten minutes in length) have largely evolved from the austere repetition of their debut's Sabbath-meets-Helmet grinds to a far more unpredictable and aesthetically diverse blend of atmosphere and heaviness, verging on post-metal. Excellent opener "The Endless Bummer" makes this evident with lonely chiming notes suspended in fog before its riffing supertankers slice into view; and the ensuing 16-minute "You Were Happy When You Came in Here" is all swirling ambient build-up that never coalesces into anything traditionally "rock," compositionally speaking, rather coming closest to the droning tones of Sunn O))). But Chingalera revert to old habits somewhat on "Eveler" and, to a lesser degree, "Fake Maria" (which bolsters the energy level and detours into dub electronics halfway through), before concluding in style with the thought-provoking "Twenty-Three" — part space rock, part Black Flag, part Buddhist mantra, part Tool exotica — all wacko! As a whole, the album's five schizophrenic epics paint an intriguing but understandably convoluted image, yet compared to Chingalera's overly uniform and at times sleep-inducing debut, Dose marks a major improvement.


Formed: 2005 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Los Angeles, California's Chingalera is comprised of Dave Gibney (guitar, vocals), Ben Shirley (bass) and Tommy Holt (drums), and their debut album, 2007's In the Shadow of the Black Palm Tree, melds such disparate influences as the Melvins, Helmet, Tool, and Black Sabbath, into a long-winded,...
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Dose, Chingalera
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: 10 July 2008

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