REQUIEM FOR K-141 KYPCK
CDR: War Office Propaganda WOP06 
Ltd x 200
A Far From Home
The Ninth Compartment
A Time To Die
Raising The Kursk
The Last Voyage
don’t live in a perfect world. If we did there would be no wars,
diseases, famine or poverty. If we did we would all live to be 100 years
old and have no money or stress problems. If we did groups like Rukkanor
would be collecting awards on television and be on the front cover of
every top class music publication. The world isn’t perfect. We all
know this. Our rose tinted glasses having been smashed to pulp long ago.
Poor Rukkanor. Destined to be classed as a cult group because the world
has yet to fully embrace or understand music that dares to be different.
Music that is ignored because it doesn’t match commercial criteria.
Music of the soul that won’t sell because of the apathy of buyers
content to accept their lot and buy into corporate visions of what they
should be listening to. Lemmings of the world unite. Buck the trends before
you run headlong into oblivion off the cliff called indifference.
Rukkanor’s cause to bring quality music to the masses isn’t
helped by the fact that the War Office Propaganda label have seen fit
to release their debut recording CDr to a staggeringly limited edition
of 200 copies. I suppose 200 lemmings saved from extinction is a small
start towards global mass acceptance. I’m glad those thoughts have
been purged from my system.
"Requiem for K-141 KYPCK" is a recording dedicated to the nuclear
submarine Kursk that sank in the Barents Sea in 2000. With so many disasters
taking place daily this tragedy has already been forgotten by all but
those whose lives were deeply affected by it. That’s the way of
the world. Rukkanor aren’t the first group, nor will they be the
last, to tackle real life events through the medium of music. Other genres,
like folk or rock, have attempted to translate such events but have never
fully managed to evoke the right timbre of solemn weariness that, for
want of a better word, Industrial music has managed to encapsulate. Through
this style of music the full horrific events are easily presentable and
digestible making the experience more ‘real’. By utilising
samples and sounds taken from the actual ship and placing them over and
next to the melancholy orchestral styled electronic pieces, with additional
choirs and subdued pulsating beats, the story can be pieced together and
told a thousand times better without the need for distracting loud instruments.
Here the shock and pain as the events slowly unfurl is an unsettling experience
but treated with the respect so deserved to those who lost their lives.
There are no noise histrionics present. Just beautifully tragic musical
ambience that touches and the breaks the heart.
A ghoulish subject matter "Requiem for K-141 KYPCK" may well
be but the story needs telling lest we forget too easily the personal
suffering endured of others of a time already consigned to the history
books. The world as we know it sucks the big one but with groups like
Rukkanor around we can at least get some enjoyment from it for howe ver
long we remain on this earth.
/ Rukkanor [Wunderwaffe]
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