by Darren Bergstein, Muze
Imagine, if you will: rusty drones ricocheting off ceramics etched out of an earth over two thousand centuries old; crooked nylon strings swaying, hypnotized, with a reptilian swagger; stagnant winds of burnt sienna dust whipping around a tribe whose ritualplay is a feeding frenzy of chipped stone and rotting wood pipe. FORGOTTEN GODS unites a trio of musicians dancing madly on the cutting edge of progressive electronic music. Multi-instrumentalist Steve Roach, lauded Spanish guitarist Suso Saiz, and Mexican techno-shaman Jorge Reyes have created the first true electronic/world music/ethnic fusion album of the 90's, an incredibly textured, fully-realized combination of alchemedia and technology. Witness the throbbing evanescence of "Mutual Tribes," as gusty electronics breeze through chunky polyrhythmic curls formed by clay pots, ocarinas, and other sundry percussive devices, while dreamy guitars are processed and short-circuited under the swelter. Few other musicians have evoked such hauntingly powerful images and rich, ancestral concepts before. Electrifying.