Wednesday, February 11, 2015

REVIEW-T.O.M.B./CLAVICULA SALOMONIS/BLACK SEAS OF INFINITY/BRIDE-4 WAY-SPLIT-2XC30

T.O.M.B./CLAVICULA SALOMONIS/BLACK SEAS OF INFINITY/BRIDE-4 WAY-SPLIT-2XC30
DANVERS STATE RECORDINGS-DSR57
BLACK NOISE/HARSH NOISE/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/BLACK AMBIENT
COMES IN A LARGE PLASTIC CASE WITH TWO
FOLD OUT INSERTS.ON CLEAR CASSETTES WITH
STICKER LABELS.



TAPE ONE:
SIDE A.) T.O.M.B.:
I.) BEYOND THE SHORES OF AKHERON / II.) SKOGR /
III.) PACT OF STEEL:

We start this massive split with T.O.M.B. aka Total Occult
Mechanical Blasphemy.Gloomy chamber music played on mournful
violins comes as a surprise as this is not what you'd expect if you're
familiar with the project.Heavy bass distortion comes followed by squealing
feedback.This track flows like a black river of dread as low raspy whispers
fill the air like a poison fog.It sounds like a creature awakening from ages
of death-like slumber...It's throat still dry and dusty from countless years
of oblivion.The track brings to mind WOLVSERPENT and AELTER as the funeral
drones are played in a similar manner.Rumbling distortion begins to stretch
out causing the floor to tremble and then all dives down into the howling of
haunted winds and feedback that mimicks guitar leads over wretched and raspy
screams.The next track comes slow...Crickets chirp in the stillness of the
night as tribal hand drums are played to accompany a ritual soon to begin.
Low drones moan like the distant yawn of heavy machinery on a busy freeway.
Various birds communicate in shadowy trees.It sounds like a long forgotten
tribe in a fevered frenzy...Dancing wildly as sacred rites take place.You
can hear footfalls and the crunching of leaves which makes it feel like
you are witnessing this from afar while well hidden.Mysterious chants can
be heard if you pay close attention.And just before you find out what is
going on you are met by a silence that leads to heavily distorted pounding
that somehow sounds like down tuned guitar riffs and strange muffled speech
that almost sounds like an excorcism in progress.Odd sounds fill the air 
that resemble a distant and disembodied brass section playing out of tune
and off tempo.Light ambiance on frail strings begins to float and hang in
the air as loud masses of distortion pound you into submission.Swarming
static and noise comes and vanishes.Sub-bass quakes rattle your rib cage 
and bruise your flesh.Harsh high end noise spews fourth like a red hot
skin melting mist and all suddenly falls silent.Once again T.O.M.B. have
reinvented themselves while staying true to their dark asthetic.

SIDE B.) CLAVICULA SALOMONIS:
IV.) REGRESSION:

On the B side, CLAVICULA SALOMONIS roll in like thunder.Dense distorted
rhythms full of bass and decay spread like a new plague and infect your
system with their rotting sound.A high pitched ringing rises from out
of the murky haze but seems to know it's place as the crumbling distortion
still reigns and holds dominance.I wouldn't quite call this harsh but it
is immense and heavy.The intensity as well as the volume begin to grow as
the pace pics up to mid tempo churning.Crackling noise pops and snaps like
bones being broken and grounded into powder.Something about the tones used
here makes the track feel very dark...Like the sounds would be too thick
for any light to bleed through.Everything fades into humming electronics
and seemingly random bursts of distant noise.Feedback clings close to the
skeleton of the track like veins wound around bones.A flowing pulse of thick
distortion comes in timed gusts causing this massive track to feel alive.High
end electronics rise and descend as quiet crackling static is heard roaring 
gently like a low fire.The track is appropriately titled as it does feel like
things have regressed to a minimal or "primal" state.This reminds me of some
of the tracks on the NEGRU VODA/KNOS split that came out on Malignant Records
last year...Minimal but effective...Without ever becoming dull or boring...It 
is also very soothing in a way that I have only experienced from noise releases.
Long story short it works.Tiny blasts and gusts continue to spill fourth like a 
micro-storm until all is shadowed by thick rising distortion, hissing static 
and screeching feedback...Like a dragon awakening and taking flight as it chars 
all it sees below with it's scorching breath.Additional layers come in like winds 
from the beating of great wings until all is a raging whirlwind of destructive 
sound.The tones of the feedback are almost painful towards the end.Everything 
seems to form a massive, all devouring vacuum come to suck the essence from 
everything in exsistence.What sounds like distorted bass guitar riffs is heard 
in the last few moments...This ends tape one...Lucky for us there are still two 
more bands to check out on this one.

TAPE TWO:
SIDE C.) BLACK SEAS OF INFINITY:
V.) VESSELS BEGAT BELETH:

BLACK SEAS OF INFINITY creep in with uneasy corroded ambiance that sounds
like something out of silent hill.Echoing and unsetteling.Everything feels
dreary and uncertain...Heavy distortion under crisp tones of hazy synths 
and sweeping winds that sound like breath escaping from salivating jowls.
It feels like you are in some huge sewer complete with dripping pipes and
diseased air flowing over stagnant and freezing waters.The atmosphere is
not fit for human inhabitance.Bellowing chamber ambiance takes over and
sounds like the soundtrack from a B horror movie from the 80's...Like the
sort of thing you'd hear on a Clive Barker film...Wet sounds like black
water circuling mildewed and rusted drains can be heared as chills begin
to run down your spine.This is certainly the most eerie track on the album
so far.Strange sounds come fourth like gargled signals from out of date
machinery.An odd digital nightmare.Moaning winds so dense they become 
distorted as the volume increases cause a disorienting feeling.Again we
hear winds that sound like something exhaling after taking in deep breaths.
Musty and foggy.It feels like it would be hot and sticky if you could touch
it like the humid heat of a summer's breeze.This is the sort of shit that
makes you trip out.It creates the illusion of coiling creatures crawling
on your skin and probing your veins for warm blood.Ambiance laced in slime
and soaked in black bile.This is the first time I have heard BLACK SEAS OF
INFINITY and I have to say I am pretty impressed.If you stripped a good
portion of the distortion from DEMONOLOGISTS tracks then you may end up
with something like this.If you are into bands like FUNERARY CALL or 
BURIAL HEX then I highly recommend getting your hands on this one.
The track has the same forboding stillness of a late night panick 
attack and all the dread that comes with it.I am actually pretty
dissapointed that I hadn't heard this project sooner.This could
have worked as a perfect soundtrack to a movie like NIGHTBREED and
probably would have been more effective than what they ended up going
with.I would love to see someone put some visuals to something like 
this.Music for late night explorations of haunted and forbidden places.
A perfect pairing to be on a split with an artist like T.O.M.B. At times
it sort of reminds me of ABANDONED ASYLUM...Especially towards the end but
much darker and much more deadly.

SIDE D.) BRIDE:
VI.) PAIMON / VII.) BETTER THAN HORUS /
VIII.) APPALACHIAN DULCIMER / IX.) IS GOD LOVE? /
X.) ELEMENTAL EVOCATION / XI.) YOU'RE COMING WITH US /
XII.) FLOWERS:

The Bride side opens with clanging ritual bells filling the air
with loud chimes.The atmosphere is being cleansed and charged in
preperation for the following rites to take place.It makes me imagine
that I have entered some strange antique shop full of arcane artifacts.
A place like the one in the beginning of the movie Gremlins.Following
that brief intro we hear cool and soothing ambiance.Dreamy stuff that
sounds nothing like anything else we have experienced on the album.I
can honestly say that this is truly gorgeous stuff and not at all what
I expected to hear going into this.Lush and overflowing.After this we 
have a nice melody played on some ancient stringed instrument.Brittle
and frail tones fill the air with a hint of saddness.Simple and pretty
straight forward but at the same time it has a deeply contemplative effect.
The tune is played carelessly but without sounding sloppy.This takes us into
heavy bass drum beats and thick synths similar to those in track two but with
a little more depth this time.Lead pipe percussions ring out in the background
as mysterious patterns float above the base layers of the track.This is pretty
much minimal cold wave.Beautiful stuff along the lines of L'AVENIR or MATTHEW 
AKERS.For those of you who don't know, BRIDE is the side project of one of the
members of T.O.M.B. A colder side of darkness.The next track is once again played
on the strings of some strange guitar-like instrument.They almost sound out of tune
but it works for what they are doing here...Like some kind of super bleak folk music
that lingers like a bad dream and clings to your heart like a parasite desperate for
nourishment.At times it almost sounds like an old grandfather clock chiming in an
empty hallway.A dust covered creature of habbit.Next comes dense walls of static
and distortion under spacey tones that rise like a mother ship taking off towards
some distant home world.Every track here is interesting and they all stand out in
comparison with the other artists present here.Everything here sounds unmastered
and raw.Rumbling sub-bass strands and moaning electronics pitch shifted way down.
After this we get a slap in the face in the form of whinning electronic noise that
continues to play out over distorted and hazy ambiance played on low keys.This track
feels really experimental...Bedroom noise fueled by long night of no sleep and too
much caffine...Not that I am complaining...More often than not that is how the best
stuff is brought to life.

A DIVERSE GATHERING OF IDEAS WOVEN AROUND A COMMON THREAD.LO-FI PASSAGES,
HEART WRENCHING SOUNDSCAPES AND VIOLET EARTH RATTLING BLASTS OF DESTRUCTION
HOUSED ON TWO TAPES AND AVAILABLE FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

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