Suspenseful, sumptuously realised crime-and-dissonance scorings for the as-yet-unmade film of the as-yet-unwritten story of your life as an international murderer / fraudster / identity thief (mebbe?). Dwarfing their past achievements in one fell swoop, Razen capture the essence of what was so exciting about the seamy hidden-reverse of 60s and 70s movie orchestrations, with DNA traceable back to Morricone, Umiliani, Komeda, while at the same time transposing that essence into a wholly modern, post-industrial/mutant sphere, with ultra-lucid, dynamic sound design that absolutely commands the space in and around your head. Of course, there is nothing more tedious or spiritually empty or gratingly middlebrow than music that is merely cinematic - the sound of bad nights out at the Barbican or Southbank Centre. And, if there wasn't more to Ayîk Adhîsta Adhîsta than that, we really wouldn't be recommending it. This puppy has TEETH. It reminds us a fair bit of Coil's The Ape Of Naples, that future-pagan / funeral-in-space vibe, and I swear to god there are some bits where you feel you could be listening to one of the most minimalist, fucked-up passages from a Xhol record - although Razen on the whole come across as less druggy, more highly-strung, and I think more coldly psychopathic. They even manage to make bagpipes sound menacing.
I'm sure there's more we'll be saying about this record, but not right now, I gotta go plot a murder! Edition of 300 - absolute blinder.