Thursday, February 27, 2014

REVIEW-EN NIHIL/FILTH-BLACK EARTH-SPLIT-CASSETTE

EN NIHIL/FILTH-BLACK EARTH-SPLIT-CASSETTE
OUT OF BODY RECORDS-OOBR011
HARSH NOIZE/POWER ELECTRONICS/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL NOIZE
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH J-CARD INSERT.
LIMITED TO 100 HAND NUMBERED COPIES.
EN NIHIL IS:
ADAM FRITZ
FILTH IS:
ROB BUTTRUM



SIDE A.) EN NIHIL:

I.) TRIBES OF THE BLACK ASH/  II.) AN INFINITE VOID
III.) ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS/ IV.) WHY DID YOU NOT SAVE US?:

For about twenty minutes EN NIHIL takes us deep down into the pitch
black death-noize realms of the black earth.EN NIHIL takes a slightly
different approach this time around adding slow dense Death Industrial
percussions to his contribution to the split.This does two things worth
noting. A.) Since FILTH is a very rythm based project this compliments
his side very well and gives the album a perfect flow and makes it all
feel like a very well thought out composition as a whole. And B.) It
keeps things interesting for EN NIHIL fans and also shows that it is
by no means a "one trick" project.Here we have low haunting howls
of lone wolf feedback..Massive earth quakes and landslides of huge
sub-bass movements..Dense and atmospheric in a slow crawl across
the charred remains of a dead planet..Rythms form out of swirling
voids of noize and nothingness..Percussions boom like drums of war
bursting out from the gates of Mordor.At moments it feels like you
are helplessly watching an army of Orcs gather on the hillside as
they begin to rally for war..Fire streams through the sky and ignites
nearby fields on impact..Hissing shrieks attack your ears like snakes
rising from the maw of Hell..Orchestral hits and movements lurk
in the shadows..The entire atmosphere here is pure dread..It always
feels like something is slowly crawling up behind you until it finally
stings you in bursts of harsh feedback..This is not a "safe" or "friendly"
release in any way..These four tracks are the four horseman come to
bring visions of the apocalypse and the horrors it holds...

SIDE B.) FILTH:

V.) A HORIZON/ VI.) BENEATH THE VERTISOL
VII.) THE HOLLOW EARTH/ VIII.) SILENT SCREAM:

Like the EN NIHIL side FILTH also takes a slightly different approach
to this one.A little slower than usual in pace and tempo and with shorter
tracks than you may be used to from the project..But like before this works
to great advantage and brings it all home..Keeping things consistant as well
as complimenting each others styles and borrowing from them to form one 
comprehensive work of art and one Hell of a split release from two of the
undergrounds heavy hitters..FILTH fills our ears with huge drum and bass
rythms in slow decay..Vocals come in a vortex of effects and distortion..
Techno-thriller sci-fi sounds swirl around the room like tiny wraiths..
Tidal walls of deep bass rise and crash as every piece of technology in
FILTH's arsenal dies in horrible pain while being very vocal about the
process..Lyrics are cryptic and would take years of research to uncode..
Shot through a cannon of feedback rather than "sung" in any conventional
manner..Rusty blades scrape upon each other in mind numbing repetition.
War wagons armed with lazer beams roll out like it's war of the worlds and
lay waste to everyone and everything..Digital banshees scream through layers
of electronic chaos..Winds flow with moaning pulses and vanish..It is like
some sort of Mad-Max meets Battlestar Galactica battleground interpreted
through analog artifacts and maybe some more modern equipment.Hard
industrial drums and beats punch through the speakers like fists of plasma.
At times this can be pretty minimal but that never seems to last long before
everything turns back into electric madness..Chains rattle as prisoners of war
are enslaved and forced into labor..Stalking rythms that feel like they should
accompany a hunting mercenary..Muffled screams in heavy noize..There is a
lot to enjoy on both sides of this album..Never a dull moment...

AN INSTANT CLASSIC IN MODERN NOIZE WARFARE:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

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