Originating from Russia’s cultural capital, St Petersburg, Arthouse Hours deserve attention, at least at WithGuitars for their multi-ear heavy rock influences taken from the like prog, metal and industrial, the overall blend is one of a harder rock melodic prog-induced Frankenstein- fusion resulting in Arthouse Hours being towards the forefront of the Russian alternative scene.
’One’s Kissing’ opens the mini-album of around 24 minutes,as a short (shy of a minute) introduction, as a piece of music it can’t really be bothered, so it’s to track 2 most will turn, ‘Heavily Assaulted’ works much better, it is the point where you understand what the fuss may indeed be about. But it’s ‘Nightride / Oxide’ is the song that confirms the proto-idea, that ‘All For One’ is a worthy listening exercise. ‘Like This’ is solid song that is effective and powerful, just their sound at times, is reminiscent of past heroic outings by many an alternative band making more sense, of the banal everyday, but so far nada, Arthouse Hours not quite scaling the heights, not that they are too far away. Pinning my hopes on the 7 minutes and counting of ‘Away’ which starts well with a sweet guitar opening before the sugared psychedelic turns guttural spit of descending vocals, over Mothers of Invention like guitar-breaks, scattered elongated musical passages, overall works well, starting to get the layered differences as refrains drift over alt guitar rhythmic guitar musings before, cutting, chopping their way down the scales to close, ‘Away’ deserves the 7 minutes a solid slab of musical expression which works.
Not to difficult to understand the respect Arthouse Hours have, indeed many will respond to their alternative fare, live the band should be on even more comfortable ground, that seems the next logical move to further expand the touring commitments. Arthouse Hours are a welcomed addition. 7.1/10
Listen to ‘Like This’