PHANTASM NOCTURNES-WORKS OF DARKNESS-CDR
HARSH NOISE/OCCULT NOISE WALL
COMES IN A SLIM PLASTIC CASE WITH INSERT.
WHITE CDR WITH BLACK SPLATTERED SPRAY PAINT.
PHANTASM NOCTURNES IS:
I.) BRINGER OF PAIN:
PHANTASM NOCTURNES is the one woman Harsh Noise
project of a little lady by the name of Betty Koster.As you
may have noticed Harsh Noise and Power Electronics are
not the most woman friendly genres of music...At least based
off of lyrics,subject matter,artwork,etc...But this doesn't seem
to bother or hinder Betty Koster in the least bit.PHANTASM
NOCTURNES fits in just fine and you would never guess from
simply hearing this that it was made by a very nice young woman
and not a demented serial murderer.With "Works of Darkness" we
find a different side of PHANTASM NOCTURNES...This time we find
ourselves utterly oblitterated by four dark,thick and distorted HNW
style tracks with a little extra creativity thrown in.Each track here tells
it's own personal horror story, starting with "Bringer of Pain." We start
with a very eerie intro consisting of a priest and an old woman in the
confessional booth.What starts out as a normal Sunday morning quickly
becomes a confession of the mass murder and bloodshed of young women.
This is soon followed by demented laughter as the woman delights in reliving
her heinous acts and then all Hell breaks loose.Distorted Harsh Noise that drips
into the room like pitch black tar (or blood) Ominous squeaking and creaking like
the rusted gate of a haunted house swinging open and slowly inviting you inside for
a night of dread and terror.As I mentioned before, "Works of Darkness" spends much
of it's time in HNW territory but with much more going on than in your average Noise
Wall track.Deep bursts of bass filled distortion add a pace and a rhythm to the piece as
metallic pounding rings through the smokey air.This glimpse of Hell lasts nearly fifteen
minutes...Long enough to get the point across that Betty Koster means business.Objects
are beaten and slammed in the background.The sounds of clattering metal and rusty pipes.
From the first track til the last PHANTASM NOCTURNES brings the pain and with it the
fear and anxiety of a quickly approaching death.Total audio agony.
II.) DARK ASCENT:
Spoken poetry concerning death recited over a backdrop of quietly moving
desolate winds.The silence does not last long at all and is quickly taken over
by a blast of pure Harsh Noise.This is immense and massive stuff here.It sounds
like a building being torn apart by a thousand clawed hands.Everything is ripped
and shredded...Amplified and channeled into your ear cannals.Like a gaping vortex
appearing above your home and slowly sucking it into oblivion.This one is a little
closer to a pure HNW track in terms of sheer volume and approach but even here
there is much more movement than with something like VOMIR or WILLOWBROOK.
A tangled mass of shifting, slow moving textures and dangerously distorted layers.To
sum this up in one word...Devastating...Close to thirteen minutes of audio suffering
and harsh pain.With "Dark Ascent" it feels like you are in the eye of a storm with no
way out.No safety.No shelter.Only darkness.
III.) SERVANTS OF DARKNESS:
Now we get to hang out with the close friends of servants of the darkness that
just moments ago attempted to tear us a new one.Sampled prayers fill the air.
These are joined by discouraging words from mocking daemons.The man who
was in prayer does not take to kindly to this and attempts to banish and cast
out the foul beings but this does nothing to rid him of his problem as they laugh
in his face and ten retalliate in a gathered strike of brutal Harsh Noise.What we
have here is around fifteen minutes of dense deep noise that comes like a tidal
wave of maggots.A disgusting pitch black mass of bile, vomit and rot that washes
over you in a wave of filth.Huge metallic percussions force things along like a cruel
slave driver commanding the numberless army of carrion and decay.This shit will rot
the inside of your ears and turn your brains to guts.It takes a special kind of fucked up
to actually enjoy this sort of thing...I am just glad I am special.Imagine the bold metallic
percussions of GNAWED or THE VOMIT ARSONIST thrown into a giant gathering of ultra
dense Harsh Noise and you'll have an idea of what your in for with this one.It's like listening
to field recordings of worms chewing through corpses amped up a thousand times and joined
by the slamming of crypt doors in a slow rhythm...Harsh Doom Wall...You can be an HNW purist
all you want...But if that's the case...Your missing out.
IV.) BLACK SULPHUR:
The closing track begins with an angelic chorus and the voice of a man urging
your to save your prayers...He goes on to say that there is only death and darkness
here...And he is right.Again we are totally assaulted by a huge blast of crunching
distortion.There is something seriously wrong with you if you actually listen to and
enjoy this sort of thing.Well welcome to the club.Nice to meet you.I think "Black
Sulphur" is beyond fitting for the title of this one...Somehow Betty Koster has managed
to take pure distorted noise and make it sound fucking evil.It is like she injected her plugs
and wires with pure negativity before recording the four pieces here on "Works of Darkness."
I have never heard of anyone calling anything Satanic Noise Wall but that would be very fitting
here.PHANTASM NOCTURNES has somehow created a Harsh Noise album that has the same
blood chilling effect as 90's Black Metal.The type of shit that makes the hairs on your arms stand
up straight and fills you with a feeling of demented delight.Supreme Darkness channeled through
HARSH WALLS OF ROT AND DECAY TO KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT.
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