Saturday, January 25, 2014

REVIEW-CAULBEARER-HAUNTS-PRO CDR

CAULBEARER-HAUNTS-PRO CDR
PEACOCK WINDOW RECORDINGS-PW01
DARK AMBIENT/NOIZE AMBIENT/ELECTRONIC DRONE
COMES IN A FOUR PANEL DIGI-PACK
AND CAULBEARER STICKER.
CAULBEARER IS:
CODY SPENCE DRASSER
BEN ROSE JR

I.) THE ABSORBING GHOST I:
Quiet winds gather...Dense noize filled ambience opens and expands as an
infinite gaping maw.Electronic pulses fill the air like the nocturnal cries
of many insects.The air is electric and intense.It feels like something big
is on the horizon and approaching your direction.Spectral synths float like
the notes of a haunting chorus.Silent static is present for a few brief moments
and all fades into the second movement.This was merely an introduction.
II.) THE ABSORBING GHOST II:
Large turbine blades circle creating a heavy rythm in the still night air.
As the winds they generate flow outward a thick atmosphere begins to wrestle
for dominance over your senses.Creaking distortion like rocks falling as a
roof begins to collapse in an underground cavern is heard followed by the
shrieks of mournful string instruments.All becomes bathed in total darkness
save for the dim radience of the pale moon.The ground rumbles gently as powerful
cavernous gusts rush through in hurried blasts.Shifting static rises and falls
while violins violently play occult hymnals.Deeply obscured orchestral movements
like trumpets sounding on the horizon bleed out like a rising red sun and bring
about a new day.
III.) SIEGE MACHINES I:
Scraping noize over a backdrop of rushing white water rapids and creaking molded
wood.The atmosphere is heavy with ash as militant orchestral movements sound out
a call to arms.Shaking machines begin to arise and awaken.They shamble fourth and
prepare to march in an unexpected assualt against humanity.Waters rise and pour
down with the force of earthwquakes in a dense avalanche of growing noize.There
are so many textures and layers mixed together that words alone can hardly do
this justice.Raging noize in the heat of battle like chariots laying waste to
all in their path in a triumphant display of relentless skill.As loud and harsh
as this is it all feels hazy and soothing in a way.Like a quient apocalypse.The
sheer intensity and immensity of the piece is fucking brilliant.You can really
feel the amount of passion that went in to each individual composition...This
is how it should be done kids...
IV.) SIEGE MACHINES II:
From out of the final rumblings of the first attack we hear high synth notes
harmonizing in a tragic and beautiful melody.Dark ambient strings in a heavy
fog dripping with venom.Malevolent but inviting like gnarled and clawed fingers
of a seductive daemoness beckoning you to come closer.Radient crystals echo
drenched in reverb in a fragile dance.All is cloaked in a dark and stirring
ambience that flows through the air like poisoness vapors.A toxic drug that
intices the listener until they simply can't resist and inhale the fumes of
departure and damnation.
V.) SIEGE MACHINES III:
The final chapter in the siege machines saga begins as a distorted moan accompanied
by white hot hissing steam and a dying heartbeat.Suffocating, smothering clouds of
thick ambience and semi-harsh noize.What was once mere vapors has become a huge wave
of deadly gas to make sure any last survivors will be wiped out forever.This serves
as a great outro and closing piece to the entire section as we begin a new chapter
and enter the next world that CAULBEARER has in store for us.
VI.) SHIPWRECKED CATHEDRALS I:
Distant cymbals crash and echo as deep croaking voices are heard from unseen
creatures.Bubbles rush by as we dive deeper into this strange underwater
soundscape.Beautiful synths rise and fall playfully in every direction.
Imagine that you are exploring the sunken ruins of once great churches
in an Atlantis-esque world and you will get an idea of what kind of atmosphere
is presented here.This sends you deep down into the murky depths of a surreal
world of blu-green wonder.Transcending and stirring as well as uplifting at times.
Tides reach for distant shores as a throbbing pulse thumps into part two.
VII.) SHIPWRECKED CATHEDRALS II:
Piercing high frequencies welcome us into further and darker areas as we explore
without caution.Deep sea creatures speak in tongues unknown to man.Huge waves of
crisp ambient synth work are heard rising and fading with great force.The ground
on the ocean floor begins to quake as the ruins before us slowly crumble into
oblivion.At times this all becomes so loud that your windows rattle while various
items around the room begin to move as if guided by invisible forces.This is very
similar to SKY BURIAL at times but without the spacey cosmic vibe.That being said
this still sounds immense and vast.The ambience grows so thick at times you'll
swear you can reach out and touch it but just before your able to all will slowly
wind down and spiral into the next track or movement.
VIII.) SHIPWRECKED CATHEDRALS III:
Ghosts of sunken ships form a choir of lost souls and moan their endless woes.
Dark and haunting ambient obscurring almost unnoticed high frequency signals.
Shifting undercurrents spin in circles forming tiny vortexes as a crescendo
once again builds.Every track feels like it is building to an epic climax
and then vanishes leaving you disoriented but never dissapointed.Tidal waves
and stormy winds join in a whirlwind of textured sound.Whistling winds whipping
quickly past you until all dies down and reverb laden synths guide us into the
infinite rooms of the afterlife.
IX.) INFINITE ROOMS OF THE AFTERLIFE I:
Somehow peaceful and uneasy all at once.Brittle and beautiful synths amidst
cracking static breezes.Somewhere below all this you can hear a seperate but
fitting synth drone that serves as an excellent canvas for CAULBEARER to paint
their picture of the worlds beyond the spheres of man.This is the audio equivalent
of entering that white light at the end of the tunnel.Without a moments thought of
what may lie ahead we step through the blue gates of death as lifelong questions
are answered in surreal clarity.
X.) INFINITE ROOMS OF THE AFTERLIFE II:
Otherworldy chimes and tones ring through the air as we step into the afterlife.
Low rumbling distortion quietly moves like a still river.Guitars played on clean
strings but filterd through complimenting effects set the mood.And a strange mood
it is.You can almost believe that the source material for this was compiled together
using actual field recordings taken in a place beyond mortal life.Electronics crank
out more strange sounds that don't belong to the world of the living as quiet guitars
blend into calm thought provoking drones.A haze of static and distortion blurs the lines
between states of existence and lifts us into a state of rebirth.Stripping away all traces
of what once was and baptizing us as we become a new being.Lush drones and leaving waves
retrace their steps and vanish back into the silence from whence they came as a final
clean drone closes the album.

THIS IS A STUNING RELEASE ESPECIALLY FOR A DEBUT ALBUM.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF: URAL UMBO/SKY BURIAL/
ARCHITEUTHIS REX/FUNERARY CALL/ABANDONED ASYLUM/ETC/ETC:
8/10
-ABATTOIR-

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