Music Of The Heathen is the debut album from Wolfram, an experimental band from Novi Sad, Serbia. Though the quintet previously released a self-titled EP in 2013, Music Of The Heathen is the band’s first full length effort, which shows how well these youngsters bring their creative potential to the fullest.
At its core, Music Of The Heathen is an album that relies heavily on heavy rock, but also ambient synth patches to create a dreamy sense of atmosphere and haunting empty space. It is hard to make comparisons with any artist in particular, as Wolfram actually brings into the mix influences from the wide spectre of stylistically different players.
Musically, Music Of The Heathen builds up on the aforementioned EP, though the full length does feature some of the band’s busiest and most cinematic arrangements to date. Several songs are airy and minimalistic, such as “Babel.” Others, such as “Music Of The Heathen,” contain flurries of percussive arpeggios and driving rhythms that are reminiscent of the cathartic buildups.
Having done a bit of research on the band, it would be disingenuous of me to fail mentioning that I have not experienced the visual components the band consider to be so important, nor have I attended one of their elaborate live performances. Taken in a vacuum, Music Of The Heathen can sound over-homogenized and too wrapped up in its own beauty, but part of the challenge for those of us across the Atlantic and elsewhere in the world is that we are missing out on the ever-important visual presentation the band gives on stage. It’s increasingly rare to find a band that put so much work and effort into their live show that their studio album becomes secondary, but I have every impression that the eyes are just as important as the ears when it comes to enjoying Wolfram. One can only hope that, with this album, Wolfram are in the momentum they need to take their show across the globe.