Wednesday, February 4, 2015

REVIEW-DEMONOLOGISTS/ACTUARY-SPLIT-CASSETTE

DEMONOLOGISTS/ACTUARY-SPLIT-CASSETTE
PHAGE TAPES - PT:187
BLACK NOISE/HARSH NOISE/BLACK AMBIENT
COMES IN A CARDBOARD FOLD-OUT CASE WITH ARTWORK
ON THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE.ON A BLACK CASSETTE WITH
SILVER LOGO ART PRINTED ON THE TAPE.
ACTUARY IS:
D. JOHNSTON
J. WELLMAN
A. MASOC
DEMONOLOGISTS IS:
CORY ROWELL



SIDE A.) ACTUARY:
I.) CASUALLY POSSESSED / II.) DREAMS OF BLACK-EYED ANGELS:
"Casually Possessed" opens up with what sounds like a storm of electric rain.
Walls of heavy sound in reverse.This bring a soothing feeling like that of nostalgia.
But at the same time it's like recalling a bitter memory so the experience is unsettling
as well.Unerving tones that resemble feedback play dreary melodies over deep rhythms.Repetitive
and nauseating.Winds sweep through as pure feedback rises.This sounds like something off of the
soundtracks to the Silent Hill video games.The feeling that something inhuman is lurking around
the corner is invoked as harsh hissing noise begins to spread out like a hazardous mist.Strange
electronic tones and textures fill the void causing everything to feel like a surreal dream or
hallucination...But one that is filled with shapeless creatures and formless nightmares.Heavily
distorted bass rhythms begin to churn out like spilling sewage joined by a haze of space ambient.
The distortion builds in momentum and intensity until it pretty much takes over the track.Like a
struggle for dominance between two otherworldly beasts.Sharp blasts of static shoot shrapnel into
the air.We are now in the red.A total danger zone.This is signaled by emergency alarms and warnings
that ring out and dissapear.Things become a mass of well organized and controlled chaos.Grinding
rhythms repeat and sound like the turning of rusted fan blades looped on repeat.This continues
and transforms back into the strange reversed sounds from the start of the track and then we go
into "Dreams Of Black-Eyed Angels" which starts with sub-bass build ups and cutting waves of 
cosmic noise.This eventually leads us into a dimension of alien sounds and malevolent electronics.
Thick synths laced in static and distortion stretch out through time and space until they reach the
vanishing point.Psychedelic melodies play out and vanish as high end feedback screams through the
universe and harsh noise brings galactic destruction to races unknown to man.If these are the dreams
of the angels said to be our guardians, Mankind is screwed...Vacuums roar and moan as dying stars
send skyquakes throughout various universes.This is some pretty damn interesting stuff.Never a dull
moment with the ACTUARY side.

SIDE B.) DEMONOLOGISTS:
III.) MANGE INTO SEWAGE:
DEMONOLOGISTS take a different approach to destroying everything in existence.
One track of relentless, punishing harsh noise.Where ACTUARY were more subtle
in their onslaught...DEMONOLOGISTS present a more reckless and gritty slaughter 
of the senses.Crackling distortion and rushing winds wreak havoc as rumbling
bass noise pushes it all forward in swooping currents.What sounds like heavily
distorted vocals can be heard as massive walls of sound spill out and pour into
the room like rivers of bile and black vomit.Daemonic screams surround you and
dance in your ears...This is hell on earth...And you have just been selected for
a permanent vacation.I always love when harsh walls of noise are presented without
becoming HNW.There are various changes here though it stays in the same general 
direction...At the same time it stays pretty intense and interesting throughout
the duration of the track.DEMONOLOGISTS have always brought high levels of chaos
and madness but here it seems fueled with rage and strikes with a vengeance.At
times things drop into deeper territory.Immense sub-bass passages and less on
the harsh side but this never lasts long.The track lashes out again and again
as countless Daemons wail in torturous glee.One thing I have always loved about
DEMONOLOGISTS is how everything I've heard from them has a bestial sound to it.
Filthy and violent and just plain evil sounding.Glad to see that this continues
with each release while still managing to sound fresh and exciting.The longer
this track goes on the more you feel like it absolutely ravages you.If having
your sanity molested is your idea of entertainment then pick this up.If you are
looking for something a little more laid back then this probably isn't gonna do 
it for you.

DIVERSE DESTRUCTION.TWO VASTLY DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO WRECKING YOUR
SANITY.BOTH ARTISTS PRESENT INTENSE SOUNDSCAPES OF AURAL CHAOS.THIS
ONE IS WORTH CHECKING OUT:

7/10
-ABATTOIR-

PHAGETAPES@YAHOO.COM

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