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Telekrimen - Horror Visiondotdotdotdot
artworkThis 2006 release from Mexico's Telekrimen is very imaginative, blending surf guitar, very dirty biker fuzz, inventive percussion, and sci-fi tweakery to create an original sound. While the drum mixes are very demo-like, there was clearly a lot of effort put into arranging and mixing. Very cool release.
Picks: Radio Zombie, 123 del Miedo, KM-58, Monstruo Coktail, Coco Ginebra, Piranhas a Go-Go, Playa Swinger, El Paso del Muerto, Marea Terror, Hombre al Agua, Sex on the Rocks, Moscos Playeros, Siniestro Bar, Muerte en Hawaii

Track by Track Review


Radio Zombie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the dark of night comes a flippant jazzy little number with tremolo and an easy lilt. The melody is soft and shimmered. I can't decide if this is a little goofy or just fun. "Radio Zombie" is a short introductory track.

123 del Miedo dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

This is a dark and weird number, with phase-separated lead and a desperately futurist pattern. It's ugly and stark in a spacy way, but also endearing like weird uncle Harry.

KM-58 dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moody bass, cymbals, gradually rising snare rolls, and then a scream bring on a super simple riff rocker. It's chunky and riffy, but not very interesting, though the panned glissando is cool, as are the occasional double picked lines.

Monstruo Coktail dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Monstruo Coktail" has a cool and original melody with a not quite circular structure. The break is very cool - kind surf monster delicate. This is a fun track that grows on you.

Coco Ginebra dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grode guitar plays a fuzzy variant of the Wipe Out chord progression before moving into a super-fuzz frat rocker. "Coco Ginebra" is super simple from a writing point of view, but it's so dirty that it doesn't seem to matter.

Piranhas a Go-Go dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark tremolo shimmer and dramatic percussion open "Piranhas a Go-Go." Muted reverb, military drums, and detective cool rhythm patterns evolve into a marvelous piece of music. The drums, while too up front, nonetheless really add to this track.

Playa Swinger dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Super fuzz and chop-chord reverb bring on occasionally muted melody riffs. "Playa Swinger" is way more playful and fun than musical. You won't be humming it despite its circular riff, but you will be grinning whenever it comes into your space. Very cool!

El Paso del Muerto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The guitar lines in "El Paso del Muerto" are interesting in a deliberate sort of way, and they sometimes hint of chicken bop. The surf whammy cords keep it surfable.

Marea Terror dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked guitar and muted rhythms deliver a relentless number that's kinda cool. The tom toms are dreadfully overbearing, but otherwise "Marea Terror" is a powerful track that gradually rises in intensity. Its minimal riff gets a bit tedious, but overall, it's quite a rocker, and the reverb crash at the end is very cool.

Hombre al Agua dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering tremolo, moody bass, and a slowish pace provide ambiance for "Hombre Al Agua." Hinting at danger, it's a minimalist number that's spooky and fun.

Sex on the Rocks dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked lines add urgency to this slightly jazzy piece. "Sex on the Rocks" is like a dance-inspired thing with surf in its blood and frat rock as its foundation. Very original.

Moscos Playeros dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tequila" chords bring a party flavor to the dirty guitar and playful melody lines. Imagine go-go combined with surf and biker fuzz.

Siniestro Bar dotdotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

A big wham-bam intro, couple with distant cries and wind, bring on a chunky relentless rhythm and keyboard attach that are very cool! Warbly string slides and dark energy complete the picture. Psychoactive and very interesting.

Muerte en Hawaii dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf whammy cords paint an island picture. This introduction lulls you into complacency, but soon enough a fine reverb chop chord rhythm and haunting melody line take over, like some surf frat nightmare. No, that's not a bad thing. "Muerte en Hawaii" is really cool!