Ure Thrall's 7" EP for Drone Records is pressed on red vinyl with shards of black and white and packaged in a black cover with the picture of a half-burnt American flag superimposed over a shot of one of the towers of the World Trade Center moments before it collapsed. Needless to say, it calls for strong emotions. The premonition of the title refers to Thrall's reflection about whether or not the terrorists of September 11, 2001, had anticipated how much civil rights would be defaced in the United States for the next few years. "Premonition 9/11" features a Middle Eastern reed instrument and bass drum playing a trance-inducing Arabic tune while Thrall E-Bows his guitar. The eight-minute piece begins with cries of terror as one of the airplane smashes into the towers; it ends with the sound of the second tower collapsing. The flip side, "The Traveler," remains non-referential but is just as eery. A soft mid-tempo beat and a simple piano riff back menacing guitar soundscapes. The flute motif integrated to the piece, by attempting to add a lighter touch, makes it only sound more sinister. Disquieting, beautiful, accessible music.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture