Saturday, May 9, 2015

REVIEW-CURSES-AND THE SKY WENT BLACK-CDR

CURSES-AND THE SKY WENT BLACK-CDR
SELF RELEASED/RAI1
POWER ELECTRONICS/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT
COMES IN A THIN SLEEVE WITH ARTWORK STICKERS
AND SMALL INSERT.ON BLACK CDR WITH HAND PAINTED 
LOGO.
CURSES IS:
A. VISSER - TAPES/METALS/LOOPS/SYNTHS/VOCALS



I.) IMPLOSION / II.) THE ESOTERIC ORDER OF THE
BLACK DIADEM / III.) OF THOSE WHO COME AFTER /
IV.) MONOLITH OF ARCANE NECROMANCY:

CURSES is a fairly new project here to show what the
underground has to offer if you dig deep on the DIY front.
"Implosion" opens up the disc by inviting us to experience 
sonic explorations themed around the occult and the macabre.
Out of the silence crawls dungeon ambiance and scrapping noise
along with echoing percussion's that sound like a murderer preparing
his tools of the trade.The recording quality is quite good and all
seems to be mixed well.Rolling quakes and sub-bass thunder blares out
over murky dirges that sound like they were created in a dingy, wet
cellar or basement.All is dark, dreary and strangely inviting like
the yard of the old house in your neighborhood rumored to be haunted.
You know you shouldn't go there but a sense of adventure stirs causing
you to disregard danger and throw caution to the wind.Power tools are
revved up and send sharp bits of shrapnel into the mind's eye as they
grind and sand away at unseen objects which are more likely than not 
human bones or carcases.Dark ambient undertones float smoothly beneath
the harsher tones and before you know it they have dragged you deeper
down into the dismembered rabbit's hole."The Esoteric Order of the Black
Diadem" is a little shorter than the previous track but equally effective.
Harsh and ripping static peels the skin from your eyelids as reversed horror
ambiance gathers over pitch black synth drones.This sounds like the music you'd
hear in a horror film right before the big reveal of something truly horrid.This
would be perfect for a film like Saw or Hostel in which victims die in the most
gruesome ways possible.Rushing gusts of noise and glitchy electronics stir.Knives
are sharpened and prepared and inhuman creatures moan and growl as bubbling muck
rises from phantom faucets.Imagine being in a sewer...Left sightless and out of
breath as rats and other vermin scurry around you and gnaw at any exposed skin.
That's kind of what this feels like."Of Those Who Come After" is the longest of
the four pieces here at almost nine minutes.The music is as cryptic as the song
title.This is similar to some works from artists like NYCTOPHILIA or PHANTASM 
NOCTURNES sounding like isolated incidents of torture and death caught on audio 
recording.Bleeping electronics and more glitchy weirdness rises as billowing winds
rise with them.Faceless figures clumsily knock into hidden objects and hazy walls
of washed out noise contaminate the already putrid air.CURSES has the ability to
transport the listener into lightness realms where the concepts of hope and comfort
are a faded memory at best.Pulsating synths creep out from the depths and grab at 
your ankles as clouds of static separate skin from muscle.Sudden bursts of ultra
harsh noise attack and retreat back to the shadows as otherworldly clicks like the
speech from the organisms from the films Alien, Predator and Signs fill the room.
It feels like something very hostile is breathing over your shoulder as you listen
to "And the Sky went Black." Something formless and yet utterly terrifying.Whatever
entities inhabit the darkness rushing out from my speakers...I don't want to meet
them.If the band name is any indication then I'm fucked either way as these four
tracks most certainly sound like they'd curse the listener.The sound is huge and
cavernous and seems to expand endlessly until the tracks come to a close.The final
manifestation of aural evil, "Monolith of Arcane Necromancy" Is a little over four
minutes in yet another realm of all out terror.It's almost like CURSES took the ideas
built on in the three previous tracks and combined them into one living nightmare.
Elements of each are present like the booming static, Surreal and uneasy Ambiance
and glitched out electronic pulses and signals.Metallic vibrations fill the air
with chilling tones and white noise like malignant voices on EVP recordings scream
and loudly voice their woe.If you're into stuff like MORTUARY WOMB and the like then
this is one to check out.Strange sounds mirror the thoughts of the icy legs of spiders
crawling across your skin and other primal and inborn fears present in most humans.
The disc almost ends suddenly and only slightly fades out during the last few seconds
leaving you almost confused and asking "Is it really over?"

AN AWESOME FIRST RELEASE FROM A PROJECT SURE TO HAVE A PROMISING FUTURE IN
THE NOISE AND AMBIENT SCENE IF THIS DISC IS ANY INDICATION.GRAB ONE WHILE YOU
CAN.WE ARE CERTAINLY EXCITED TO SEE WHERE CURSES GOES FROM HERE:

6.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

WWW.SOUNDCLOUD.COM/CURSES-2

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