By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Part I: In "As for the Little Grey Rabbit," the drums hover like cataracts and the guitars squeal in anguish, threatening to overtake the Dynasty. Ksenia Vidyaykina mopes like an heiress who's just blown her fortune, but she also trills.
Part II: "Fear of Commitment" and "Song of the Moldau" treat Eastern Euro folk with dubplate rhythm. Theremin player Pamelia Kurstin is introduced as new feminine foil. The prodigious spriteseen in the documentary Moogforges a mysterious subplot with woozy tones to soundtrack an elegiac dream sequence. Traditional ballad "The Sea Spread Wide" is pure bildungsroman: a voracious spat and rant that quickly quietsspiritual growth for a band that switches between Sabbath and Satie.
Part III: "Pain" is 10-plus minutes of ambling, tinkling, and thumping in Sisyphean circles. Vidyay- kina bellows through "Like Snowflakes, Some Sort of Red" before her words bleed beneath unrepentant guitar noise. Insignificance murmurs to its melancholic conclusion beneath the freeze of Satie's "Gnossienne #3." The End.