My Personal Murderer – Cauchemar Review


My Personal Murderer hail from Odessa in Ukraine which is headed up by it’s founder Yevgen Chebotarenko. Their third studio album Cauchemar has been highlighted as a more outward facing work by the group with new styles and approaches drawing from their new band members and collaborative efforts with other artists.

The title track features gradual, ringing riffs that sound out behind the spoken words of lyrics that reflect a fragmented and intimate narrative. ‘The Worm Prince’ offers up rotating riffs and distorted assortment of instrumentation with lead guitars cutting through the washed out sounds. These sounds and the hooks of the track are accentuated with minimal electronic additions to draw the sound out. ‘Constant Waiting’ is an eerily intimate track with teased out riffs, brushed percussion and whispered vocals. These are poised for a rapidly sweeping build up of sound to drive the song on to higher places. ‘Crawling Son’ offers up a similar culmination of a peak sound, but delivered in a style more akin to the Manic Street Preachers with those rough, yet ringing guitars. Tracks like ‘Soup For the Creature’ develop a tense rhythm of rumbling, quickening bass lines and tentative percussion. The album as a whole is intimate and close in places, loud and abrasive in others. It evokes similar acts such as Manic Street Preachers and Savages in their controlled aggression and their lyrical creativity. An interesting listen indeed.


Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

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