WEA, EAST WEST, CANDYLAND, METROPOLIS RELEASE: FEBRUARY 4,
2003 (USA) REVIEW: JANUARY 29, 2002
will start by saying that I have not bought anything by this band since
their 1996 masterpiece "Chakra: Red!". Since that album, they
have signed with WEA/East West and slowly have been bending over backwards
to make a commercial success of themselves. Watering down their sound
and turning their back on the style which defined them has become the
norm. Their latest album "Inferno" was more of the same garbage.
new EP:s show that Project Pitchfork is back. Back in a way that I have
not heard in an eon (sic). "View from a Throne" has some excellent
examples of true Pitchfork style with tracks such as "Die Schlange"
and "Corpus Hermeticum" stunning me with their powerful, foreboding
atmospheres and oppressively dark tones. I just wonder how it is that
Peter Spilles and Jürgen Jansen are able to just "turn on"
the creativity that makes these EP:s stand out so dramatically when compared
to their last three albums.
- reviewed here - is an even better EP with "Tal Der Dornen"
and "Radiolarie" unabashedly taking us back to the glory days
of Pitchfork (1992-1996) while updating the sound and opening some new
doors for future releases. There is a strong connection on this EP to
their definitive releases, namely "Lam Bras" and the entire
"Entities" period. The alienation and abject isolation that
made me love Project Pitchfork all those years ago has returned. I hope
they are able to continue on this path. Finally, the dark years are over.
Welcome home, boys.