by Larval

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Larval is an avant/progressive rock ensemble led by composer Bill Brovold. Defined by driving guitars, saxes, multiple strings (violin, bass, cello, harp) and percussion, Larval’s sound is intense, relentless and savagely hypnotic. The music brings to mind a blending of aspects of Glenn Branca, Godspeed You Black Emperor! King Crimson and more, but all put together in a completely "Larval" fashion. This is Larval's fourth album and their first on Cuneiform. Larval’s three previous albums were all given 4 star reviews by the All Music Guide. Brovold formed the Detroit-based Larval in 1996, selecting that city’s best musicians to help realize his musical visions. The band caught the attention of John Zorn, who proclaimed: “Bill Brovold’s music blows me away… Larval is the shit.” Blistering in its intesity, relentless in its propulsive rhythms, the music on Obedience is nevertheless disciplined at its core. Brovold’s compositions here encompass a wide spectrum of mood, traveling from quiet, contemplative passages tinged with ominous expectations to driving, aggressive onslaughts of screaming guitars and assorted strings that threaten chaos.

“Bill Brovold crafts quiet think-hums that transform into bold, dense, almost assaulting compositions in his instrumental rock band, Larval.”
- Detroit Metro Times.

"When they begin to play, several things are immediately apparent. First, the music that the group plays is fairly rigorous in its construction - even its simplest pieces pit strings against guitars in sectional call-and-response punctuated by the horns. Second, the drummer is essentially playing straightforward rock rhythms, infused with that most indefinable of elements. And third, they're loud. Real loud.”
- Music Box.


released May 6, 2003



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