Saturday, March 1, 2014

REVIEW-SUTEKH HEXEN-MONUMENT OF DECAY-2X CASSETTE-C10'S

SUTEKH HEXEN-MONUMENT OF DECAY-2X CASSETTE-C10'S
BELATEN RECORDS
BLACK NOIZE/RAW BLACK METAL/RITUAL AMBIENT/DRONE DOOM
COMES IN AN EXTRA-LARGE PLASTIC CASE WITH GIANT J-CARD INSERT.



So what we have here is roughly 20 minutes of face melting Black Noize
and dark ambient dronescapes on two roughly ten minute cassettes.
Why they felt the need to span such a short amount of material on
two cassettes is beyond me and is sort of a pain in the ass having to
keep flipping and changing tapes.There are a few reasons I can think 
of for releasing this in such a manner.Maybe this is a collection of two
7-inches and they wanted to present them seperately as released? Which
even then it would still make more sense to put them on one tape.Maybe
they want to seperate this as two different E.P.s? If so the themes and music
are not too different from tape one to tape two and it would still seem easier
and cheaper to do one cassette.Or maybe they just wanted to be "artsy" or just
plain annoying...Idk...Moving on to the actual music presented here which is
actually pretty good despite the odd choice of presentation.The packaging is
pretty cool though and spices up your collection a bit I guess.

CASSETTE ONE:

SIDE A.)

I.) LASTNESS:
Harsh percussions in a slow vortex devoid of light.Painful moaning rides low
winds in the distance.Bass lines crawl through an abyss of Black Ambient meets
Death Industrial.Daemonic serpents slither and hiss through murky filth.Far in the
distance a rythm plays out on a silent guitar.Entities gather like rustling wind filling
the air with the promise of death and danger for any who approach this God forsaken
land.This is the last stop.The place where dreams go to die.Nothing wholesome grows
here and the waters are a thick black poison.All fades into shifting Ritual Ambience
similar to ABANDONED ASYLUM or a more stripped down BRIGHTER DEATH NOW.
Possessed monks chant blasphemous hymns on forked tongues.And the ritual closes.

SIDE B.)

II.) OF EMANATION:
Rumbling sub-bass movements reach their black clawed hands over the sun and crush it
into dust.Blistering Black Noize takes it's place as the sky turns pitch black.Metallic clanging
blast beats like a steel train flying off the rails.Hazy and dizzying Black Metal riffs decay and
die along with raspy screams of disease and plague.The carrion of the earth have gathered into
makeshift golems and formed a band to further the cause of death on earth.Death-stomp bass
drums pummel you into submission as all fades into quiet torture.Again serpents coil and hiss
in perverse pleasure.A second wave of blasting black filth rears it's disfigured head and carries
you off in a swirling sea of painful disease.Glacial bass vibrations begin where shrieking vocals
die and fade and lead into an onslaught of distortion almost to the point of overkill.Final shrieks
of torment and all abruptly ends.

CASSETTE TWO:

SIDE C.)

(THE SONG TITLES ON THE SECOND TAPE ARE IN A FOREIGN TONGUE...
I CANNOT READ THEM NOR TYPE THEM)

III.) 
This sounds like it was conjured from an ancient grimoire forbidden black magick rather
than played or written.Huge assualts of static and crunching distortion like a thousand
abomominations wrecking the gates of Hell to be set free.They are then birthed into a
cataklysmic blizzard of pure hatred.Short bursts of relentless Black Noize rise and fall
like red winds of holocaust.Dark Death Ambience formed out of delay soaked lead guitar
that reeks of reverb.Horrid creatures scratch their way into your ears and claw out your soul
as a trophy as you listen to this.SUTEKH HEXEN dwells in a place where no hope exists.Pure
audio agony.Vocals come through multiple throats each possessed by their own horde of daemons.
It is like that scene in Poltergeists where everything in the house is being thrown around until the 
whole place implodes on it'self and vanishes in a sudden end.

SIDE D.)

IV.)
Low cavernous winds are heard near tides as dark as night.A howling resonance hovers over pale
mists.Booming Death Industrial percussions shake and quake creating fissures that split the earth
and sky further apart.The vocals are like swarming black locusts of the apocalypse with the faces
of men and the tails of scorpions.Injecting more venom with each word.There is a beautiful mournful
ambience that cloaks all like snowfall and sends chills down the spine just the same.This may very well
be my favorite SUTEKH HEXEN song I have heard thus far.Everything meets together like a colony of
busy insects swarming around through depressive skies.The vocals seem louder and easier to make out 
here but are barley above a whisper at the same time.This is the best track they have done since Larvae
so it is quite an accomplishement as that is my favorite album from these guys.

PLAGUES OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS FOR YOUR LISTENING ENJOYMENT:
7/10
-ABATTOIR-

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