Jambinai, 'A Hermitage'
On A Hermitage, South Korean alterna-metal crew Jambinai does for the Korean geomungo what Sepultura's Roots did for the Brazilian berimbau: harnessing the primordial grooves of a folk instrument, exploring its all-too-obvious similarity to electric guitar, and crunching on both with neck-snapping brio. Though their post-Neurosis majesty and ear for atmosphere technically make them a post-rock band, the best moments on their second album are the concise, tightly coiled tracks."Deus Benedicat Tibi" turns a piece of royal procession hyang-ak music into microtonal sludge metal; and "Wardrobe" and "They Keep Silence" are hard-grooving Amphetamine Reptile-style noise-rock that uniquely sproing along with zither-esque strings. Christopher R. Weingarten