Ancient Vvisdom - 33,
‘33’ is the fourth studio album from Cleveland, Ohio’s Ancient Vvisdom (yes, it is a double ‘V’, not a ‘W’). This time around, the nucleus of brothers Nathan “Opposition” Jochum (vocals, acoustic guitar, kick drum) and Michael Jochum (guitar, backup vocals) is rounded out by new band member Connor Metsker on bass. Thematically, the album largely continues forth the prior agenda of empowerment through Satanism, instinct, enlightenment, and ritual. The number 33 comes under the microscope on this recording and is regarded by the band as a master number. Frontman Nathan Jochum is quick to point out that it is the age that Christ was crucified, the age of the peak of existence, and the age he happened to be in making this album.
The sonic approach continues in the tradition of prior albums: deliberate, mid-tempo songs with minimal arrangements, unparalleled melody, and dynamic vocal range. The use of just a kick drum and a few well-placed cymbals, along with vocals very much to the fore, makes this an album that sonically is unlike most others. But, it is never boring, as they mix electric guitar riffs with acoustic to create something that is very special indeed. The bass is warm and inviting, and the lack of drums apart from the kick creates an atmosphere that welcomes the listener in. When some Georgian-style drone chants made an appearance I wasn’t surprised at all as it made perfect sense given what else was happening.
Overall this is an intriguing and interesting album, and one I enjoyed playing immensely.