Traktor - Sequence the Sequence [12 inch] (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review


Sequence the Sequence [12 inch] (2008)


Traktor is a band from Eskilstuna, Sweden, and one who is obviously well-versed in the nuances of experimental hardcore. On their third full-length, Sequence the Sequence, the band combine the chaos of Blood Brothers records and older JR Ewing with a healthy, smoldering scream immediately reminiscent of Refused's Dennis Lyxzén.

Consequently, Sequence the Sequence is a terribly familiar sound, one done considerably better by the band's influences and other sporadic acts. But the intensity and ambition shown on the album is enough to warrant a few listens. "Lessons for Crimes" jumps off the A Side immediately with an introduction showing no restraint; a jumping bassline gives way to vocalist/guitarist David Deravian's familiar delivery, but that sort of surprise doesn't really bubble up again. The band know jagged chords. They know frenetic stop-starts. But they don't quite know how and when to utilize them to their fullest potential.

Perhaps what else is holding Sequence back is its all-too-mild take on dynamism. Music this frantic and angular needs greater lows and highs, and Traktor unfortunately seem to lack in that department. The instrumental interlude that ends Side A is a winding, quieter affair that seems to try and address this problem (as does a certain electronic flittering part on Side B, seemingly during the end of "Unknown Ceilings"), but it's not quite enough. The record isn't entirely memorable either, as interesting as it ultimately seems in the moment.

We've heard Sequence the Sequence done better, but that's not to dismiss it completely. Regardless of its limitations and its far standing from burning piano islands and shapes of punk to come, this is a very cool and consistently caustic affair.

Lessons for Crimes
Drawn Knives and Bent Knees
Unknown Ceilings
The Return of Mr. Point His Finger