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5ive's Continuum Research Project : The Hemophiliac Dream

As 5ive changed their name to 5ive's Continuum Research Project the music also evolved a step further. 'The Telestic Disfracture' already showed signs of moving away from the thick wall of sound made from pure riffage, and into a more advanced kind of music. 'The Hemophiliac Dream' indeed verifies that the sound of these guys is becoming more and more mature.

The new addition to the name, 'Continuum Research Project', does indeed explain the new variations in the sound very well. It is another way of saying that the music now includes a lot of experimentation with ambient music, not to mention noise and industrial elements. Perhaps even some isolationistic ones as well. But fans of old 5ive, don't despair. The intense wall of droning, stonerish riffage is far from gone.

Yes, the truth is that even through 5ive grew more spacey and far out after the name change, they should still please their old fans. The doom in the music has less power than before, due to the introduction of ambient music. But even this is still far from gone. Their new sound as 5ive's Continuum Research Project manages what so many bands don't. They are still the same old 5ive, but with new and original ideas.

James Plotkin, a name known to many from the band Khanate, is a guest mixer on this CD. His version of the title track (and only track for that matter) is 9 minutes shorter and vastly different from the original version. This is pure noise that sounds like a malfunctioning computer. You will hear riffage from time to time, but anything remotely similar to the original track is hard to hear. Khanate or noise fans might like this, but 5ive fans will be disappointed.

In total I would say that this EP is a good release, but personally I think it would have been much better if we got more 5ive and less from Mr Plotkin.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Hemophiliac Dream
2. The Hemophiliac Dream (James Plotkin Mix)

Duration : Approx. 36 minutes

Visit the 5ive's Continuum Research Project bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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