A horrible hack

Marionette ID


Year Released: 2012
Format: CD
Label: Fluttery Records
Reviewed by MH on Jun 25, 2012
Marionette ID come from Hungary. I have been to Hungary before. It was a few years ago for my brother’s stag do in Budapest. My other brother arrived after us and came straight from the airport with his bag to the club we were at. I had been there all day and wasn’t in a great state. For some reason, he gave me his bag with his passport inside to look after. When I woke up the next day he asked me where it was. I had no idea. I couldn't remember him giving it to me. However, there was a photo incriminating me with the bag around my neck. The only thing I could recall was that we had been to some other club afterwards and that we were still there at about 9am. I had no idea where it was, what it was called or what it looked like. Luckily one of my brother’s mates lived in Budapest and knew that there were only a few clubs that were open past 9am. I went back there like an idiot to look for my brother’s bag and somehow we found it. Otherwise he’d have been stuck there until he could get a new passport and I would have been near enough 100% to blame as I boarded my own plane back home next to an empty seat. Unfortunately, my only exposure to Hungarian music to date has been the horrendous techno/trance hybrid that was playing in the clubs we were in.  Therefore, when someone names Hungary's Marionette ID as "one of the most extraordinary bands" in the country, I am unable to disagree.

Marionette ID play a kind of brooding and moody post rock with vocals. This is their second album and there are seven tracks here. I use the term “post rock” loosely as this leans towards the rockier, more metally side, particularly vocally. It borders on epic at times and I have been struggling to get to grips with it. It's quite far removed from bands I would normally associate with post rock. For example, the guitar work on "Parallel Monologue" sounds at times like a modern metal band and other times more epic rock. They are clearly technically proficient and the sound is polished. However, when I review something I tend to ask myself whether I would like to listen to the music again once I have submitted the review and unfortunately on this occasion the answer is "no".

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