Headless Kross album review – Projections 1

Glasgow’s psychogeographers Headless Kross chart new maps of doom with new album

Headless Kross album cover

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Envisioned as the first instalment of an album trilogy, Projections 1 is unquestionably the most eardrum-pummelling and speaker-shaking offering of the doom/psych-informed three-piece’s career so far.

Aiming to explore their fascination with projectivism, psychogeography and psychochronography, this four-track opus was inspired, in part, by a ritualistic tour of various significant areas in their native Glasgow, and field recordings from the excursion can actually be heard during their third album.

Peppering proceedings with a more extreme flavour this time around, the LP sees Headless Kross utilise harsher, less polished riffs (The Map Is Not The Territory) while also delving deeper into ambient soundscapes which they sometimes punctuate with babbled, half-heard spoken word passages and strange samples (Church Of The Fifth Season). Drummer Johnny Montgomery does a sterling job throughout, driving the band onward through the darkness and guitarist Tommy Duffin’s gritty axework infuses the likes of the crushingly heavy and hypnotic Does Not Equal Time with both menace and melancholy in equal measure.