Yodok III is the enthralling cooperation between Tomas Järmyr (Barchan, Zu), Kristoffer Lo (Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and others) and Belgium's own drone-guru Dirk Serries (Microphonics, Vidna Obmana, Fear Falls Burning). Their work has previously been released on Tonefloat's 'New Wave Of Jazz' series, which crossover jazz and experimental ambient. So yeah, these guys know a thing or two about exciting music.
'Legion Of Radiance' is a one track album, lasting almost seventy minutes. It combines the unique drumming of Järmyr with Lo's deep tuba sounds and Serries' recognizable soundscapes. The result is a gloomy and adventurous piece of music, which is best to be enjoyed with your eyes closed and your mind open. At first, the music is silent. In fact, it took me awhile before I realized that the album was already playing.
But, like all good drone and ambient albums, gradually the music swells and gains momentum. It becomes darker, deeper and more intense, minute after minute. It gets heavier, experimental and jazz-like, certainly with those energetic drums. In the end, it because every drone fan's dream: a mature album which floats in a similar way than Smetana's 'Die Moldau'. Or maybe that's just me. Fact remains, this is a brilliant album which you should definitely buy.