It's about time we reviewed something from this very prolific artist. Zebulon Kosted (interviewed here) is a solo-project from in the United States that cretes experimental music, sometimes based on metal, sometimes on electronics, and sometimes on both; this release being almost wholly electronic. This is the fourth and last part of the Hashasheen-releases and, oddly enough, the first one of them to be released.
The opening song lasts for four and a half minutes, and presents the most of interesting music on this release. Starting with some simple metal-style drumming and really distorted and rather heavy riffing, the song soon turns into something a lot more diverse. The drums and guitars go back in the mix and start creating a lot slower and simple patterns, and the space is taken over by various short and rhytmic electronic outbursts and screeches, creating a rather noisy and violent whole. The soundscape is backed by the drums, which makes the track even more interesting. At three minutes the drums disappear, and the noise calms down into a simple repeating drone with some a lot more "ear-friendly" soft screeches and fast, gritty beating. The track ends to white noise with drums in the back. The track has good sounds and elements and it has a good structure, but it could've easily been made a bit longer, as now it seems to progress too quickly.
Song number two takes the majority of space on the release, lasting for almost 26 minutes. It starts with some echoed electronic sounds that go on in loops, some occasional soft beats, bassy drone here and there in the background and on top of all this there's some really echoed and really harshened shouting vocals scattered throughout the track... and that's about it. The song sounds rather interesting at first because there's a lot of (looping) electronics to be heard, and the occasional beats and vocals work really well together with them. After ten or so minutes to listening to this track I usually get a feeling of boredom. Most of the soundscape consists of for example some bassy or harsh droning and high and screeching thin noise scattered around, along with some beats and synth-based electronics. Even though these electronics sound very good on their own, there's just not enough of them: most of the time the soundscape feels inescapably empty. The main focus seems to be on the very loud and rather noisy vocal work on top of everything, but to me the vocals started to sound boring rather quickly. They're rather thin and one-dimensional and despite the used distortion and variation, and they're clearly not enough to fill the soundscape.
Hashasheen Part 4 is the most professional-sounding ZK-release I've heard this far. The soundscape is pleasantly clear, leaving well room for the actual sounds to show what they've got; too bad that the artist didn't take this soundscape to a better use. The very promising first track is a pleasant listen, but halfway the second track the song becomes background music as it doesn't have enough elements and hooks to get your attention due to it relying too much on the vocals. It seems as if the track is going nowhere and thus begins to sound too long. The song might be good if it's contents were presented in maybe a half or a one third of the track's lenght.
This album has many good elements on it, and many of the electronic loops, individual sounds and their combinations are a pleasure to the ears. Still, due to the second song lacking in content and "a plot", so to say, I am obliged to give this release a low grade. I had truly expected more from such an experienced artist.