Horseback ‎– A Plague Of Knowing - Compilation 3-CD


HORSEBACK is by far one of the most interesting bands to come into view in the last few years. The band from North Carolina, led by Jenks Miller, has released albums of top quality. Their sonic investigations in “Impale Golden Horn”, “The Invisible Mountain” and “Half Blood” have revealed that HORSEBACK is a band of many faces. The number of influences is truly immense, ranging from Jazz, ambient, Noise and electronic music to Post-Rock, psychedelic music and Black Metal.

“A Plague of Knowing” is not a new album. It is a compilation of their most rare material. So, what you get in this instance is twenty-four tracks from split releases, singles, live recordings and the rest. Now, I am not a big fan of compilation albums in general but this does seem like a really good deal if you ask me. When you add to this the fact that HORSEBACK are masters when it comes to keeping the listener’s interest intact throughout, you get that you are dealing with a very interesting and intriguing release.

A retro feeling appears in “On The Eclipse”, mainly due to the very complimenting organ sound. The use of unconventional instruments fits the style of the band quite nicely with a great accordion part coloring the sound of “Transparency (Murdered Again)”. Whatever the case may be, the common denominator in HORSEBACK’s music is able to always retain an overwhelming quality. The band is basically able to create encircling, emotional music no matter what instruments are in use or what musical influences they are following.

From the uncompromising, raw moments of raving noise in “IHVH” and “MILH” and the immense drones of “Impaled Golden Live” to the Black Metal quality of tracks like “Another World” and “Thee Cult of Henry Flynt”, HORSEBACK always retain the same outlook in respect to their music. The sense of melancholy might be hovering over the sonic structures of the band, but they also offer moments of an emotional awakening, as is the case for instance with “Oblivion Eaters”. When you add to all that some experimentations with tribal music in “Retribution” and a cover of “TV Eye” (originally by THE STOOGES) you start to comprehend the full extend of the band’s concept.