Not all music is comfortable and pleasant, sometimes it hurts the brain and is it difficult to listen to. Religare is such an album for me. Not that its bad or anything like that but the mixture of styles and influences Frech BVDK uses are way beyond the comfort zone.
Electronics, avant-garde black metal, acid jazz, and probably a whole lot more musical styles can be found on Religare. Stunningly enough Religare is not a piece of, let’s throw anything we can in it and let’s see if anybody likes it. The album is structured and well thought. The difficulty with it is that it goes from smooth jazz parts to raging black parts all of a sudden and that makes it uncomfortable for me. But I guess that’s the intention from BVDK otherwise they would make their music more suitable for the world.
And although I describe Religare as uncomfortable it has its moments where it feels like a warm bath. The band really knows how to create these moments. To bad someone then all suddenly throws a working toaster in the bad and you get electrocuted.
BVDK is not as insane as, let’s say Abruptum, but is more on the industrial side of things. Perhaps Blut Aus Nord is a fair comparison and the song La Maison-Diev pt. 2 reminds me of them with its smooth parts and wicked riffs. Religare is not for everybody and even for me a bit too much chaotic but I know people out there who will like this very much. So give BVDK a fair chance and decide for yourself. I will be following them cause I think they might surprise me in the future.