Thursday, May 8, 2014

REVIEW-JARL-FRAGILE CONFRONTATION-CD

JARL-FRAGILE CONFRONTATION-CD
ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX-APEX001
DEATH INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT/MINIMAL SOUNDSCAPES
COMES IN A JEWEL CASE WITH FOLD OUT INSERT.
JARL IS:
ERIK JARL



ALL TRACKS ARE UNTITLED AND SIMPLY APPEAR
AS I-VI

I.)
Winds of death plague the mind as you enter the first room
in the house of Jarl.The atmosphere holds a restless feeling.
This is a place where the reverberating quiet of nothing grows 
loud like white noise.It is a constant noise...almost patronizing 
and taunting to the listener.One that seems to never end until a
single strike cuts the silence like a sharp and sudden pain in ones 
side.Catching you off guard...But you dare not look around to find
the source.This sounds very dark and in this thick darkness who can
be sure what may be lurking within?...You stay still hoping it won't find 
you again but it does.Minimal noise that drifts and flows like passing 
thoughts in ones mind...Like a chilling draft that brings a lingering cold.
You hear what sounds like someone striking a match and footfalls running
on cold metalic stairs.This happens again and again like an overdose of deja-vu.
Track one is like a bad dream you can't wake up from.An ominous soundscape
full of hidden dangers.Further in we tread...This is only the beginning.

II.)
This one sounds similar in some ways to FUNERARY CALL...Especially their
"Fragments from the Aethyr" album.But here that moody and sinister effect is
created without the use of violins and string instruments.With JARL that same
uneasy feeling is achieved through an eerie build up of minimal sounds that have
been construced and placed just at the right moments.Not too fast.Not to slow...It's 
like breathing.Many of you who have aquired the taste for darker soundscapes may
find it soothing...Perhaps even enough that you find yourself drifting away into a deep
oblivious sleep...That is until JARL shakes you awake with the disturbance of a sudden 
boom!!! The racing heart beat of glorious noise throbbing in your ears.Pounding metal 
like one lone worker in an abandoned warehouse carrying out his own agenda over and 
over again.Night and day.Loudly pounding metal for some unknown purpose.Filling the 
air with sparks and debris until you can hardly breath.Wheezing and close to fainting as
the track draws to an end.

III.)
Like a fire furnace blazing as the wood is burning red hot.
Blasts of heat are coming fast.This has an entrancing effect
as you experience the roaring sound.Theres just something
about watching something burn and hearing the sounds of
it's destruction.The feeling of warmth on your skin but the 
cold still biting your back...That is what this feels like.Industrial 
sounds like a distant oil field are heard.The turning of hungry drills.
Their teeth digging deep into the ground.That low rumble beneath you
and that poison fumes above you.Toxic winds riding on the air as that constant 
fire burns ever still...Always growing bigger and never satisfied.JARL is a gnawing
and ravenous beast in a state of perpetual hunger.Take a listen and be devoured.

IV.)
Phaser effects reaching to one ear as quick as the next.
Like standing at the edge of a cliff  as the winds blast so 
swiftly that they distorts your hearing to a disorienting 
muffle.You feel it moving you but you stand there with 
your feet planted in the  ground.You can only endure as
the bass filled tempo picks up.Steady but rising and followed 
by dark ambience like that of the track before it.Think of the
album as a book and each song a chapter.Although there are
new developments in plot...It is still the same story.One of 
horror where you are the main character...Winds join with
harsh rain...Hitting your skin as it falls stinging like hail.
The storm grows louder and louder as the intensity grows
immense.All you can do is withstand the storm until you
are left freezing and alone in the desolate aftermath.

V.)
Bells chime and ring...They echo like those in a church cathedral.
Calling the saints to come forth...But it almost seems two lives are 
at hand.One in serenity one in tragedy.both are living at the ecxact
same time but soon their fates will tie like the ribbons of night and 
day.In that final hour where they become one.They ring for some time now.
Like two songs played in unison...Multiple layers and textures becoming one.
First clear then distorted like a dream or a contorting dark shadow coming closer 
and closer towards you...Moving so fast you capture only a mere glimps.Vocals in a 
whisper can be found...Very faint but never the less they are there...Beautiful darkness 
is what I would call this song.It is it's very own orchestra of the night and the dawn.

VI.) 
I really enjoy the phaser effects that each of these songs have.Each used in their own 
specific way.It really creates a whole new environment for the listener to enjoy and
become submersed in.Transcending their own little world to a vast tundra.Like a blank
canvas for your imagination to paint it's own visions upon.The composer can only do so 
much...For it is up to the listener to connect to each individual track.I don't find that hard 
to do at all with JARL.It is easy to enjoy and explore all of the hidden wonders on this endless
journey through one man's imagination as it bleeds into your own.Te sounds of rain and storms 
in far off abandoned places...The emotions of serenity in nothingness...The way it moves you like 
the wind...JARL does all of these things in his own unique way.All of the tracks though they differ...
have a connection never seeming out of place.A common thread that weaves it all together as a
whole.JARL is a grand architecht of sound.I encourage you to explore this album as well as the
rest of his work.

MUSIC FOR LONG NIGHTS IN SOLITUDE.
DARK AMBIENT DRONES TO SWALLOW YOU 
WHOLE:

7/10
-NECRODOLL-

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