Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws, Hurqalya is the follow-up to Secret Chiefs 3' excellent 1996 debut, First Grand Constitution and Bylaws. And like its predecessor, the music is a combination of Ennio Morricone movie scores, world music, experimental noise rock, and heavy metal. But this musical mix is used in an extremely unorthodox and unpredictable way -- they don't play it safe by lumping all the similar styles together. For example, they'll follow up a beautiful guitar interlude (the album's opener, "The Rose Garden of Mystery") with a jarring surf rocker ("Waves of Blood"), which will then lead to a reverb-drenched freak-out ("Broken Glass Hearse"). But the real story on the sophomore effort by Secret Chiefs 3 is guitarist/leader Trey Spruance. In addition to guitar, he produced and engineered the album, filled in for missing bassist Trevor Dunn (still a member of the band), and wrote eight of the record's ten tracks. Due to the all-encompassing vision of Second Grand Constitution, it becomes obvious that a lot of work was put into it, and the end result is one of 1998's most rewarding, original, and ambitious recordings. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
SECRET CHIEFS 3
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Second Grand constitution & Bylaws Vinyl Record
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This is sheer brilliance. If you love Bungle's "Desert Search for Techno Allah," then you'll blag your pants over this! It's far more compressed and tight than other Secret Chiefs releases. Thematically, each track builds and refines and improvises upon each other, reinforcing the intensity.
Tr 1 is a straightforward, Middle eastern/Spanish sounding melody of lament. So Morricone that it hurts. Also calls to mind (the horn and cello?) the melody line from the 2nd move of the concierto de aranjuez- at least to these ears. lasts about 2.5 minutes. Great intro to what folllows!
Tr 2 is a thrashed out charging attack on the same melodic idea, with a throbbing surf-backbeat. Nuts!!!!
Tr 3 twitters and squeaks and then a twangy reverbed surf guitar and drum beat pick up where 2 left off. MORE NUTS!!!!
Tr 4 begins with more twang and also soft middle eastern type instrumentation in some kind of odd (harmonic minor???) key, then slips into a rather...
Every song! EVERY SONG! Every song is my favorite song! This cd is tighter than "chilled monkey brains"! More twists and turns than the Autobahn! Goes best with a bed of rice.
As I said for the First Grand Constitution, this album is simply great, all of the songs are well constructed. If you like SC3 this one will make you love them to death, this is a fantastic album that has it all without losing the essence of the Secret Chiefs: Waves of Blood, this one is a killer; Rose Garden, a very beautiful song; Jabalqa/Jabarsa, you'll be amazed by the percussion work; Mera Pyar Shalimar, simply great; Beyond the Mountain Qaf, gotta have patience with this one; Hurqalya, it takes you to higher states of mind; Zulfikar II, maybe the best one, Excellent. Don't doubt about getting this one, it is the best. (Until the Third Constitution). Also check them live.
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