Earlier this year Italian trio Crimen released their long-overdue debut full-length Silent Animals. After over a decade as a band, spent honing their dizzying kraut-infected psych freak-outs into a malignant beast, the self-produced album was a serious declaration of intent that left them with a firm place on the map of anyone into the dark and fuzzed-out. Already back in the studio working on new material, the band are seeing off their debut with a brand new video for the lead single “Six Weeks”.
“Silent Animals talks about emotive fragility and wasted loves. It sounds nocturnal and psychotic, though essentially it's a work about love and the exorcism of fear and anxiety”. An exorcism it certainly is, full of gnostic grooves and cathartic releases. The most forthright example of this being “Six Weeks”, which now comes accompanied by a shadowy video with fittingly pulsing strobes. The track itself is a warped hard-rocker cloaked in reverb, feedback and throbbing electronics - sounding downright satanic as Simone bellows “six-six-six” as the song constantly veers on the verge of sub-atomic explosion.
Silent Animals may be the debut album from Italian trio Crimen, but it arrives over a decade into their career. Simone Greco (bass, voice, sound engineering) and Patrizio Strippoli (guitars, voice) formed the band in the Centocelle district of Rome in 2007, before recruiting Giuseppe Trezza (drums and electronics) six years later. After a string of successful EPs and two years hibernating to record the opus, the band felt now was the time to release a full length.
An accomplished debut, every second of the album is symptomatic of the band’s closeness, comradery, and chemistry. Silent Animals is certainly a record full of angles, from the jolting psych rages to the bedroom pop crises. But, in the words of the band: “When life is full of angles, why shouldn't a record be that way?”