With the release of 2006’s “Dead Mountain Mouth”, Genghis Tron established themselves as one of the more unique experimental “noise” bands, alongside the likes of Ephel Duath and Dillinger Escape Plan. Combining sporadic blasts of atonal fury with darker, atmospheric electronica, “Dead Mountain Mouth” was a contrasting and masterfully crafted release.
With 2008’s “Board up the House”, Genghis Tron lean in another direction. Though the basic elements are still intact, in “Board up the House”, Genghis have decided to take themselves a bit more seriously. The electronica and noise sections don’t contrast as much as they compliment each other. Rather than shocking the listener with the illogical wedding of straightforward 4/4 synth sections and blast beats, Genghis Tron seem to mix them together, displaying a new dimension of careful compositional efforts. Consequently, the “noise” sections have been “watered down” a bit to better fit its’ counterpart.
Overall, “Board up the House” is much more accomplished than any preceding Genghis Tron effort. However, if the listener is particularly partial to the bizarre contrasting fury of “Dead Mountain Mouth”, he or she should be warned that it still exists, though it exists to a lesser extent.