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Humus - Malleus Crease (1996)


Artista: Humus
Álbum: Malleus Crease
Año: 1996
Género: Rock Progresivo / Rock Psicodelico
Duración: 47:31
Nacionalidad: México


Lista de Temas:
1. Some Blue Cheese
2. Nomands
3. The Coming Of Odin
4. Periplo III
5. Obonibus Eclectrico
6. Kat Man Doo
7. El Aprendiz

Alineación:
- Jorge Beltran / Guitars
- Victor Basurto / Bass
With:
Jesus Romero Benhumea / Drums
Saúl Gómez / Drums
Charly López / Drums
Carlos Vázquez Bozzo / Drums
Jesús Romero / Drums
Jorge Alanis / Drums
Enrique Curiel / Vocal
James Zeus / Vocal
Fernando Pineda / Bass


Acá el tercer disco de la banda mexicana Humus, quizás su mejor disco, el màs logrado. más progresivo y con climas mejor logrados.

La historia de Humus es la historia de Jorge Beltrán, un talentoso músico mexicano que se inició en el mundo de la música en 1980 con Stómago Sagrado, efímera banda que sólo logró ofrecer un concierto antes de desaparecer. En 1982, Jorge se une a Arturo y Charly López y dan vida a Caramelo Pesado, banda principalmente de covers aunque en sus conciertos también hacían muchas improvisaciones.
Después de cierto tiempo y al no encontrar una estabilidad en ninguna agrupación, Jorge empieza a grabar sus composiciones él solo. El resultado fueron cinco cassettes (Siéntate Y Escucha, Cero Melódico, Jardines Colgantes, La sopa Invisible y Planepantla) en donde Jorge interpreta todos los instrumentos e inclusive, él mismo los vendía personalmente todos los sábados en el Tianguis del Chopo. Años más tarde, esos cassettes fueron reeditados pero ya bajo el nombre de Humus.
Ya con una idea clara del sonido que quiere expresar, Jorge recluta a Víctor Basurto como bajista y José Alberto Centurión en la batería. Con esta alineación graban el primer álbum en forma de Humus que se edita en 1992 bajo el título de Tus Oídos Mienten.
En 1996 sale el tercer álbum del trío. Sin un baterista fijo, algunas de las personas que se encargaron de los tambores fueron Carlos Vázquez (ex Peace And Love, Náhuatl), Charly López, Jesús Alanís, Jesús Romero y Saul Gómez.
El periodista David Cortés, describe en su libro El Otro Rock Mexicano (pag. 155) el sonido de este álbum de la siguiente manera:
Malleus Crease es la obra de Humus más anclada en el progresivo; su guitarra, como siempre, está marcada por esa acidez distintiva, pero las composiciones poseen mayores matices, buscan crear momentos de reposo en medio de los instantes de vértigo.
El arte de éste y todos los álbumes de Humus fue realizada por Víctor Basurto. Originalmente el tema "El Aprendiz" sólo aparecía en la versión en vinyl pero posteriormente fue agregado en la segunda edición en CD editada por Smogless Records.
Sin embargo, de forma injusta, la música de Humus nunca ha sido valorada como debería y menos en su propio país. El grupo cuenta con varias giras en diversos países de Europa, allá se les considera una de las mejores agrupaciones de rock progresivo de la historia y sus vinyles son cotizadas obras de arte entre los seguidores.
Ni el tiempo ni la distancia ha podido detener a Humus, gracias al apoyo de la tecnología, el trío ha seguido trabajando en nuevas canciones y aseguran tener el suficiente material para llenar varios discos.
A inicios de este año, ofrecieron su primer concierto en casi 10 años y sonaron como pocas veces he podido escuchar a una banda. Su música es un viaje sonoro que recuerda pasajes de grupos como Can, King Crimson, Univers Zero y Magma. Lo más fino y selecto del rock mundial.
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Y vamos con algùn comentario en inglés:
Malleus Crease is Humus' third album, released in 1996, by Smogless Records in Compact Disc format. The recordings took place from 1994 throughout 1995. The album displays the playing of no less than 13 musicians, (including a dog which contributed with some barking in one of the tracks) in contrast with the previous album, called simply Humus (1994), where the performances were reduced to a four piece band, And also with the first album, Tus Oidos Mienten(1992), which actually was recorded, produced and mixed in its entirety by founder member Jorge Beltran.
In spite of these facts, the band had become the brainchild of both Jorge Beltran and Victor Basurto, who became the bass player since 1993, and has designed the covers of all Humus releases even before he was a fullfledged member. as well as the other bands Beltran and Basurto collaborate with.
The overall sound of Malleus Crease is psychedelic, more progressive and experimental than the previous efforts; it also shows more improvisational passages that mix heaviness, jazz and, at times, some rock in opposition. Originally available on CD, Malleus Crease was issued in Long Play by Italian independent record company W Dabliu (licensed by Nuggetphase, the group's then recently founded independent label) in 1997, in gatefold cover, including three posters, each one portraying the covers of the band's first and second albums, and of the album in question.
The L.P. also contains an extra track, El Aprendiz, not included in the original CD version. Upon release Malleus Crease was regarded as Humus greatest achievement yet by some quarters in the international underground press.
Wikipedia

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While listening to this band, one of the first words that came to my mind was "trip", now you can imagine why. Humus is an instrumental band whose psychedelic guitars prevail above all, and I am not judging only for this record. So this album was released in 1996 and it is called "Malleus Crease" released once more by Smogless records. Its peculiar cover art may be a proof of Humus weirdness, so I warn you because once you say yes to this trip; you may not find the exit door.
This album features 8 compositions and a total time of 47 minutes, it kicks off with "Some Blue Cheese", an 8-minute song that starts with some keyboard futuristic sound and then changes due to the entrance of electric guitar, however, some seconds later it changes again creating a very odd atmosphere, some distorted guitar, nice synth and constant drumming. Since the very first minute you will realize the music and structure is kind of weird, but quite interesting in my opinion, making you an addicted because you will not know what is going to happen next, there are several changes, change within a change, but great. Pay attention to the guitar, is excellent, and the song overall, becomes better and better through the minutes.
Next is "Nomads", starts with a slow time but at the same time with a rough sound, the bass and guitars along with the keyboards provoke some strange noises and create a dark atmosphere within the song, it reminds me to another Humus song called Fatscope which can be listened in their 4th album. Continuing with this track, the rhythm changes a little bit but the essence of the piece is still the same, hope you get what I mean. The last minute is very interesting, the bass lines are addictive and the constant drumming is great, nice song.
"The Coming of Odin" begins slow, drums is the first thing you listen and then guitar and some synth effects here and there, the mood is very strange, but then all of a sudden it drastically changes into a faster and powerful song. Again, several changes into the same song, and again, pay attention to the awesome guitar riffs which stays as the dominating instrument. Later, there are some strange noises and effects that confirm what I said in my first paragraph, this is a trip.
"Periplo III" is the shortest song with only 2 minutes, intriguing guitar sound at first, complemented by a raw sound a minute later, accompanied by great drums and very nice synth effects as a background, short but nice melody.
The following is entitled "Obonibus Eclectrico", weird name for a weird song which happens to be the longest one reaching the 10-minute mark. As you can imagine within this 10 minutes you will find several changes that came all of a sudden and that in moments are unimaginable, it is like you listen to a guitar riff and out of nowhere appear some odd synth effects with different rhythm and time and tempo, changes that actually make the music more interesting, in my personal opinion this "unstructured" composition keeps my total attention and gives to the band an extra point, since it is original music that may sound common. This song is a clear example of Humus sound, son pay careful attention to it and decide if you are interested in exploring more of their music, or not.
Next song is "Kat Man Doo", starting with kind of a rockish guitar sound, but with the same raw sound, while the drums and bass sound, the guitar keeps doing its riffs and giving a proper style to the music. A couple of minutes later the song slows down a bit creating a moment of doubt, but later again the sound increases as it began, and the guitar solos reappear.
The last song is "El Aprendiz", and starts very different with some nice and slow piano notes accompanied by drums, little by little they fade out in order to give entrance to a new structure, constant drums, keyboards and guitars making the same rhythm during more than a minute and later changing (I know) again, making some short stops and later exploding once again, a very interesting last song.
This is a nice album, now I cannot decide which of the two Humus albums I know I like the most, both are different but with the same style, the guitar sound is very iconic and those crazy changes make the music really interesting, though in my opinion sometimes it may be boring.
Guillermo H. Urdapilleta

Malleus Crease is my favorite Humus album - and one of the best albums from the 1990s. This album is an amazing mixture of psychedelic space rock and Canterbury style melodies. Humus could almost be considered the second generation of prime Sensations' Fix.
There's quite a bit of misinformation out there on the Internet about this album. Hopefully this will clear it up (for the two people who read this review anyway):
The album was originally released on CD on Smogless (a label that was at the root of the 90's space rock scene in Mexico). Many of the websites are missing the first track, called (ingeniously) "Malleus Crease". After the CD issue there was an LP issue on W-Dabliu (an Italian label), which featured a bonus track (rare an LP has a bonus track the CD does not have). "El Aprendiz" is the name of this song. Almost every scan of the album on the net is of the LP, which is a blowup of the original. I've attached the original CD cover. How do I know all of this? I own both the LP and the CD and bought them both when they came out.
For fun, I found an old review note I penned for rec.music.progressive. It's dated 8/29/1997: "Right off the bat let me tell ya - this is the most progressive album of the Loch Ness / Humus / Frolic Froth cadre. The fringe of their experimental underground Krautrock sound. There is a strong Canterbury current running through that separates this from the others - organ-flute - hell, even melodies. But, of course, that always FUZZED out guitar keeps this in the familiar barrio. I was floored." I still am.
ashratom


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