Saturday, May 9, 2015

REVIEW-GHOST MINER-SHADOW FACTORY-CASSETTE

GHOST MINER-SHADOW FACTORY-CASSETTE
OUT OF BODY RECORDS/O-O-BR014
POST-INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONIC SOUNDSCAPES
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH INSERT PRINTED 
ON SHINY PAPER.ON BLACK CASSETTE WITH LABEL STICKERS.LIMITED TO 100 HAND NUMBERED COPIES.
GHOST MINER IS:
NICK GABRERA


SIDE A.
I.) OBSIDIAN MIRROR / II.) CEREMONIAL HISSING /
III.) HOUSE OF TRAPS / IV.) UNFINISHED BUSINESS /
V.) SLITHER / VI.) VACANT EYES / VII.) VOID WITHIN
THE REAL:

The second release in the new batch from Out Of Body records.I have been writing
reviews for Out Of Body records since their second series of releases and they
have been consistently releasing interesting, high quality tapes covering a wide
variety of electronic styles since day one and GHOST MINER's "Shadow Factory" is
no exception.This album is simply awesome...Short, but one that will be spending
a lot of time in your tape deck."Obsidian Mirror" kicks things off with sinister,
seething synths that sound like the beginning of a bad dream set in a 70's horror
flick.Next comes mid tempo drum rhythms that boom and slam over distant electronic
echos and minimal vocals under light distortion.This stuff has infectious grooves
and toe tapping beats all over.Most of it is in a dark Electro Industrial vein that
is somewhat similar to the really early days SKINNY PUPPY when they were perfecting
their "Brap" craft.Delay and reverb are applied in the appropriate places and each
track tends to flow straight into the next.At times this is similar to stuff like
NEGATIVE EIGHT and at others resembles the breakbeat stylings of VALVEGOD.Rhythms
form and mutate in repetitive drum, bass and noise tracks along the lines of some
of the more beat oriented work of COMPACTOR.GHOST MINER takes a pretty minimal
approach to the accompanying electronics and lets everything ride the beats which
makes this a perfect album to put on when you're winding down after a long day or
driving late at night.This has a little in common with some of the early Witchhouse
recordings that used to circulate in the underground but is quite seperate from that
style.Bassy synth lines flow over steady tempos and anxious ambiance.Spooky sound
manipulations create the effect of a warped tape repeating on a broken deck.These
are grimey basement jams for outsiders and weirdos.Music for nightstalkers and
misanthropes.A great alternative to all the garbage hipsters label as experimental
or electronic music.

SIDE B.
VIII.) SHADOW FACTORY / IX.) CRUMBLE / X.) SCREENS /
XI.) EVASION:

Side B continues in the beat oriented direction that most of side A dwells in,
but it seems like there is more experimentation here.Dizzying synths and harsh
crashes of stretched static and noise create a corroded anti-symphony.You can
hear a little bit of a lot of influences here...Sometimes it sounds like the
mid era COIL and at others is closer to more modern bedroom electronics.This
would be an awesome soundtrack for a short, obscure indie film.Surreal loops,
disembodied and fragmented voices filtered through effects and digital weirdness.
Sometimes it feels like a really dark pop record...Almost like a sarcastic mockery 
of what is accepted as entertainment and other times things almost go into a Death
Industrial direction with clicking noises, heavy bass drums that rattle the ground
beneath your feet and unsettling synths that fill the air with generous amounts of
dread.Noise that sounds like it could be generated from power tools can be heard
grinding away during some tracks as engaging drum patterns that sound like early
CABARET VOLTAIRE plod on in artificial obeyance.The whole album creates the feeling
of something hostile and intelligent lurking in the shadows...Like a 1980's slasher
soundtrack.You can almost feel the breath of a killer on the back of your neck as
eerie synths shimmer like the knife of a madman.It also sounds like a lot of analog
equipment was used to create this or possible gear that mimmicks that type of sound.
Everything has a really badass oldschool vibe and the gentle application of dreary
vocal moans and low end overtone really brings it all together.

DRUM, BASS AND SYNTH JAMS FOR SERIAL MURDERERS, GHOULS AND GRAVEROBBERS.
THIS IS SOMETHING YOU STALK TO RATHER THAN DANCE TO.DIG OUT THAT OLD WALKMAN,
RUBBER MASK AND MECHANIC OUTFIT AND DON'T FORGET TO SHARPEN YOUR MACHETTE.
GHOST MINER PROVIDES THE PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR A NIGHT OF HACKING AND
SLASHING:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

OUTOFBODYRECORDS/BANDCAMP.COM
OUTOFBODYRECORDS.BLOGSPOT.COM

No comments:

Post a Comment