Well, I never. After a
long break Kubusschnitt are back! Ruud Heij and Tom
Coppens survive from the original line up but now they are joined by
Gert Emmens and Jan Dieterich. Each brings something new
to the sound but no fear; the original Kubusschnitt spirit is
A deep echoing pulse rings out followed by skipping melodic sequence. A
wonderful haunting lead line plays over the top and then yet another
sequence completes an absolutely stunning beginning to ‘Uncertainty
of Entropy’. The massed sequences surge forward to increase the
excitement level still further, yet another lead hitting the spot
perfectly. Jan’s guitar now provides the main focus but this is not axe
man stuff, just an excellent sympathetic addition to all the other
layers of pads and pulsations.
String pads create a melancholy opening to ‘Perpetual Chaos’. It
isn’t long however before a brace of sequences make their brooding
entrance. In the fourth minute the foot is put down on the accelerator.
The guitar then comes in adding a little bite.
The title track growls into existence, contrasted by lovely soft
Mellotron. All dies away and a slow sequence emerges, accompanied by
fantastic melodic crystalline note droplets. An eight-note motif
provides a stunning addition. The temptation to overdo things is
temporarily resisted, the simple notes are just left to hang there,
weaving around each other creating a hypnotic spell until first one
sequence then another emerges along with a wistful lead as the track
starts it’s gradual build to Jan’s exquisite guitar section, his best on
‘All things Lost’ features sequences from the very first moment
but overall this is a restrained relaxing track, ideal to unwind to.
The original Kubusschnitt albums had something of an improvised
feel to them, where as here things come over as more tightly composed
but still with that element of surprise!
Sylvain Lupari /
Guts Of Darkness
Here is a pleasant
surprise! Band existing since 1999, Kubusschnitt seems to have
known a career in the shade of the big names of the contemporary EM.
Initially constituted by Andy Bloyce, Ruud Heij, Tom Coppens and
Jens Peschke, Kubusschnitt knew an uneven career, realizing
albums parsimoniously with the same rhythm as the group lost members.
During a week-end of record session, Tom Coppens and Ruud Heij
realized numerous sequential movements. Movements that Ruud Heij
brought to his good friend Gert Emmens. Strongly inspired by
these sequences Gert Emmens worked these structures by adding
synth lines and bass lines, as well as solos, rhythms and chords,
leaving room for guitar solos that his good friend Jan Dieterich
filled, among great riffs. The result? Eh…Well, Of Entropy Evolution
is an extension of Gert Emmens's works, in particular The
Nearest Faraway Place, but with musical structures that bring us in
corridors of a cosmic rock on 4 long titles modeled in the roots of a
progressive Berlin School.
After a hesitating flow opening, where the echo of uncertain pulsations
espouses chords of keyboard which ring among a synth to disturbing
night-breaths, Uncertainty of Entropy’s intro swirls delicately
in a tinkled merry-go-round where loud vaporous strata wed snippets of
piercing solos. A brief opening with an intriguing approach where solos
howl in a glass menagerie, before the tempo bites at full chords on a
slightly galloping sequence, filled by a spectral synth which undulates
sinuously. Uncertainty of Entropy deviates towards a heavy cosmic
rock with good guitar solos which bite at full riffs under a sequence
which hems in cascade and synths in the breaths of mist. Slowly,
Uncertainty of Entropy lowers its pace to embraces the arcs of a
more conventional EM with a rhythmic a bit uncertain which stifles in
the mists of a vaporous synth. A synth which frees superb solos to well
ethereal twists on a nervous sequential movement but controlled by synth
currents, bringing Uncertainty of Entropy towards a finale of
The opening of Perpetual Chaos soaks in a rhythmic duality with
magnificent Mellotron to melancholic strings which bickers with a long
synth solo on wriggling sequences. Sequences isolate themselves and mold
a tempo that hems in cascade accompanied with beautiful Mellotron pads.
Percussions tumble down, introducing a more rock structure where synth
and guitar solos tear an electronic heaviness, before succumbing to an
Beautiful strata of a Mellotron which spreads its mystic mist through
beautiful resonant lines, the intro of Entropy’s Evolution soaks
in the total mysticism. An intro, heavy and vaporous, with layers
undulating with delicacy which flows back a somber and tenebrous
approach. A sequence appears and walks stealthily, thwarting fine
crystalline arpeggios which sparkle in an atmosphere becoming more
serene. Slowly, the sequential movement grows heavy and becomes more
insistent, zigzagging on shy sound arcs before drawing a hopping linear
movement where limpid chords glean around a heavy Mellotron to padded
strata. Jan Dieterich's guitar comes to add a melancholic depth
to a title all the same rather ambient, in spite of its heavy rhythm and
its sequential line of which chords collide slightly. A good track which
bring us back in progressive cosmic rock era.
All Things Lost offers a beautiful sequential approach which
winds in ascension. A superb movement which sat on a beautiful synth
with felted solos which cross a structure full of arpeggios in
suspension, before that the tempo explodes with a languishing heaviness
where Dieterich guitar frees good solos.
Between the ambient and the cosmic rock, between Tangerine Dream
and Gert Emmens fragrances, the steams of, Entropy’s Evolution
is a beautiful find which will easily get its place among fans of Berlin
School EM, even contemporary Krautrock. I don't know at all
Kubusschnitt musical structures, but I have the vague feeling that
on Entropy’s Evolution reigns an ambiance of improvisation which
meshes and which finished always to find its harmonious concordance. The
mean reason is in the conception of this last Kubusschnitt which
was conceived in three steps and by the previous collaborations between
Heij, Dieterich and Emmens whom add to this album a touch
as cosmic as progressive, thanks to Jan Dieterich's biting guitar.
Kubusschnitt’s Entropy’s Evolution is a very beautiful
surprise which I recommend strongly to fans of YD as well as Space Rock
and of course Gert Emmens.