Friday, January 17, 2014

REVIEW-EN NIHIL-THE APPROACHING DARK-CD

EN NIHIL-THE APPROACHING DARK-CD
EIBON RECORDS-NIH087
HARSH NOIZE/POWER ELECTRONICS/DARK AMBIENT
FULLY ILLUSTRATED DIGI-PACK
EN NIHIL IS: ADAM FRITZ
I.) THE TOMBS OF EMPIRE:
A humming radiant feedback introduces us.As we wait
in patients to see where this is going we are suddenly
pummeled by crashing noize.Harsh distortion and wailing
high end tones usher fourth an aural apocalypse.Grinding
power tools in a haze of destruction.The graves are full
and the tombs offer up their dead as shooting feedback
paints a masterpeice of headsplitting pain on a canvas
of dense sub-bass sound.All blurs into a surreal ambience
and with that the empire has fallen.
II.) FROZEN POSTURES:
Fragile chimes haunt deep winds and stirring ambience.Murky
and forboding like a wind sweept transylvanian forest.All
feels mystic and enriched as if arcane rites and ancient
sorcery have long since carressed these realms.Glacial
paced sheets of icy atmosphere along with brief and sudden
landslides.Perfect music for the ritual chamber.
III.) THE HEARTS RELENT:
Eerie tones filled with rushing distant winds and screeching
bats.Chains rattle through caverns of wet sound.Suddenly the
most evocative stirring synth ambient is heard.Beautiful and
haunting.The sense of sadness is overwelming.Highly emotive
and not at all something I expected to hear from EN NIHIL.
Creatures howl on distant tundras and as swarming bats engage
in conversation.Uplifting and depressing all at once.This is
a true masterpeice that rivals the works of the best known
ambient composers.If this is the heart's relent then the heart
is broken.Mournful and melancholic in the best way possible.
IV.) HUMAN ANIMAL:
Sorrow turns to fury as harsh noize blares out and rockets
light the skyline.Churning sub-bass movement and crackling
noize full of crunch and heaviness.Steam bursts of feedback
illuminate the horizon as deep rythms repeat and NON style
noize cloaked in light distortion pours through the speakers.
Rising and falling strands of bass are present until glitching
frequencies take their place.
V.) FUTILE MAN/THE WEIGHT OF ABSOLUTION:
Futile man takes off where human animal left us wanting more.A
continuation of sorts.Melodic tones in intercourse with massive
distortion and bombastic bass drum blasts.It sounds like an anthem
playing out as a war rages on.Crisp and less aggressive patterns
along with angry harsh noize.This sounds pretty and pissed at the
same time.Not what most people have come to expect from EN NIHIL
but this does not dissapoint.Mangled feedback and a short period
of ultra deep distortion fades as we go into the second movement
of the peice.High howling tones ring through the air for quite
some time.A little too long in my oppinion but not enough to
hinder the album too much.It is rather loud and somewhat annoying
but maybe I'm just in a weird mood.Anyways all this ends and
crackling, well placed bouts of static take place joined by minimal
isolationist soundscapes.As far as composition this album is so far
pretty damn well thought out and executed very well.The remainder
of the track dwells in cold atmosphere and minimal sound ending in
brief drumming that fades into static.
VI.) SOULS TO CEASE:
Again we pick up where we left off.Each track sets up the next
and gives the overall album a great cohesion.This wasn't merely
created it was constructed in brilliant detail.Minimal atmospheres
and that crackling static you get when you turn all the knobs all
the way up turns into cold machine like rythm.Inhuman and without
emotion.Diversity and contrast are what make this album so great.
Harsh crunching distortion peaks then floods the room in an all
out onslaught as the war machine keeps turning.Yeah I know a Black
Sabbath reference in a noize review.Get over it.All souls surely
cease as the percussions grow in volume and scrape at your ears.
Other than that it's all noize at this point.A short attack of
ultra harshness and all dies out in an electronic spiral.
VII.) VULTURE REIGN:
Here death is king.Militant distorted drums march in unison as harsh
ripping noize tears you a new one.Mortar fire annihilates the horizon
and all else in sight and sound.Weird electronic pulses flutter in
brief flashes as extreme hissing noizes stab in feirce repeating
swipes.A total death march in the name of human genocide.There is
a great amount of texture and layering present as all builds to
a dramatic climax and falls to buzzing electronics.
VIII.) THE APPROACHING DARK:
A ten minute duration of darkness.Minimal ambience and deep synths
turn into a pulsating static backed by a metallic rythm.Distorted
as hell but not harsh.Dense and moody.Black storm clouds puffed up
with electricity roll out engulfing all in a blanket of pure night.
Louder as time goes on but still low and gloomy.A blanket of heavy
electronics in an endless drift.Layers of distortion join but without
overpowering the previous textures.Humming like a small generator
used to churn out the storm in waves of billowing black smoke.
IX.) DARKFALL:
Darkness falls taking the form of beautiful chamber ambience.Rich
warm tones played on violin strings hover and dance through low
winds.Neo-classical is not often mentioned in noize reviews but
this is far from your average release.A chanting chorus rides the
winds.Dim death industrial throbbing transports everything along
to it's final resting place.Cymbals ring somewhere far off.All
builds slowly with beauty and elegance until death claims everything
in it's breath stealing silence.
EN NIHIL EXPLORES THE OUTTER FRINGES OF NOIZE AND AMBIENT MUSIC IN
A CONTROLLED EXPERIMENT IF FEROCITY AND BEAUTY:
9/10
-ABATTOIR-

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