Early on, it was evident that RECS was a rock project, but they were still experimenting with their sound. Their style was characterized by various features of their favorite bands, and you can certainly hear the influences from groups like Prong, Killing Joke, and Sonic Youth, from the crunching guitars and rhythm style, to the sea of noise rock in which the group would immerse the listener. But interestingly enough, they were not only influenced by other bands, but by movie directors and writers. The musical direction of movies by John Carpenter and David Lynch undoubtedly sculpted the atmosphere of the group's work, and W. S. Burrough's "The Soft Machine" has been cited as the catalyst for their creation. Though I wasn't used to the music style at the time, I've grown to like it a lot, and it has led me to check out some of those influences which had previously been unknown to me.
The Threat Remains And Is Very Real is the sophomore album from RECS and a great release. Joining Usai are bassist Federico Loche, as well as drummer Petr Studihrad, both of whom contribute solid performances. But
one of the most interesting things I find about this band is that, ever since their first full length album, dual guitar playing has been replaced by one guitar coupled with a distorted keyboard. Max's playing is complemented by the haunting keys of Sara Melis, which allows for an atmosphere of not only crunch-filled guitar riffs, but melodies and chords of seemingly infinite sustain. This is apparent in the opening heavy hitter, "Subliminal / Delusional", which features drawn-out chords over a racing rhythm guitar, but is used as a means of continuing the tradition of noise rock in other songs. At this point in their career, they've managed to minimize the meandering tendencies that occurred in earlier releases, and the cacophony of sounds converge on a common theme that results in a trippy, but pleasant, musical ride.
This is not your usual radio-rock album. The Threat Remains... is a hard-hitting crash course into a world of gritty guitars, distorted keyboards, and noise rock tendencies. Even as a fan of this band, it took me some time to fully appreciate the atmosphere that Recs Of The Flesh creates. When they released their first album, Max asked me my opinion of it, and when I finally gave it to him he told me that the song "Not Easily Impressed" was a good indication of me. But due to my proximity of the band, I've developed a very critical attitude towards their music. I loved their first release, and I believe this album is a solid improvement. In terms of songwriting, production, and musical ability, The Threat Remains... a step above the rest.
Currently, The Threat Remains... and Illusory Fields... are available for free download through the band's Bandcamp page, with hard copies available for purchase. Go ahead and download it. Don't be afraid...it'll grow on you.
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