Saturday, May 9, 2015

REVIEW-ODOUR SONOUR/STONE WIRED-EARTH BURIAL/ALL SHALL BE DEAD, ALL SHALL BE NOT-PRO CDR

ODOUR SONOUR/STONE WIRED-EARTH BURIAL/ALL SHALL BE DEAD, ALL SHALL BE NOT-PRO CDR
EXABYSS RECORDS/SNO30
DEATH INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT/POWER ELECTRONICS
COMES IN A SLIM 4 PANEL DIGI-PACK.


THIS RELEASE FEATURES TWO ALBUMS ON ONE DISC.
THE FIRST BEING:

ODOUR SONOUR-EARTH BURIAL:
I.) ALGOR MORTIS / II.) DEFROSTAL / III.) ADERLATING PALPABILITY /
IV.) THE CORTEGE / V.) ASPIRATING SOUL FROM THE ABDOMINAL CAVITY /
VI.) BEREAVED AND ABANDONED / VII.) WAKE OF THE REMAINS / 
VIII.) FINAL RITES:

A black fog rolls in in the form of thick sub-bass rumbling and chilling
ambience.In the distance industrial percussion's are pounded in rhythm like
the lifeless machines in an oil field.Pulsating bass drum beats jab at your
ear drums as wandering noise explores the quiet edges of an open void.A barrage
of percussive blasts comes loud and with force followed by distorted, raspy vocals
that seem to swirl in the mix like a feather in a vortex.Things quiet down into low,
quaking ambiance and the sounds of city traffic and a camera taking pictures are heard.
Rattling gates are slammed as heavy footfalls and the jingle of keys fill the air.It's
like being at a crime scene as a gruesome act is documented.Strange mumbled vocals drop
clues of the horrors that took place here but never go into detail."Defrostal" sweeps in
on wings of dark ambiance on lush synths.Echoing percussive elements and minimal electronics
flow as the ambiance drifts with gusts of wind.Lonely and depressing stuff.Warm waves of
vibrating energy course through in controlled surges.This is a really cold but beautiful 
piece.Spoken vocals come in fragmented transmissions layered upon each other.White noise
sprays like a poison mist that penetrates everything and simple bass drum beats add a
tempo and sense of movement until we go into "Aderlating Palpability" Buzzing drones
come along with pops and clicks over distorted radio transmissions.Fragile ambiance
squeals like bad brakes on a highway in the middle of nowhere.There is a pace to the
track that comes like a slow heartbeat as it fades into death where it is met with
deep, low growls from the otherside.Hazy textures are applied for atmosphere and it's
a nice touch here.Nothing is overdone and everything is in check which imitates a
feeling of suspense."The Cortege" starts with quiet tapping rhythms over a clear
river of flowing synth ambiance.Words echo in the distance but you can't make out
what they are saying.Samples words come and go along with screams of suffering.
Layers build and samples of an extremely pessimistic girl talking are heard.This
sounds like something NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES would have done in the 90's.
Self hate and a glass not only half empty, but shattered on the floor sort of
outlook.The music stays pretty minimal while enhancing the narrative which makes
for an emotionally engaging listen."Aspirating Soul..." is a slow moving mass of
surging wires and white noise over shifting sub-bass and whispering winds.Water 
or some other liquid can be heard struggling to go down a clogged drain as the
slow sludge-like bass movements crawl at the speed of mud.A lot of this record
is fairly quiet but without coming across as boring or uninspired.It is all dark
and moody and works great as a negative ambient album."Bereaved And Abandoned"
is another slow and depressing crawl towards the grave that sort of reminds me
of ADERLATING...Dungeon ambiance filled with deep growls and the creaking of
dry throats.Churning bass and dusty breezes fill the corners of this one as
static flutters like the wings of a struggling moth or dying bird.The bass
currents grow thicker and greedily take over the track followed by haunting
synths that wail like restless spirits.This is sorta similar to stuff like
ISOLATOR at times.Black waves of sound that cover everything like blood 
running down a window."Wake Of The Remains" sticks with the hopeless themes
and starts out slow and eerie.Deep drones rise after a brief intro and make
it feel like we're building towards some climatic event.Lite ambiance plays
on the edges of the darkness like a lunar eclipse right before completion.
Static in a mid-tempo rhythm crunches and rolls into the spotlight along 
with spacey noises and cyclic swirls of sound.Layers and textures gather 
in the fashion of a TERRA SANCTA or CRYO CHAMBER release.Synth choirs offer
sad laments and stretch towards the heavens like a plea for help.The answer
to their prayers comes in the final piece of the "Earth Burial" portion of
the record."Final Rites" hits the nails into the coffin.Once again slow synths
vibrate and slowly awaken.Cycles of wind dance in the air as synths flow like
blood in veins.Chilling winds gather like despondent voices crying out but all
remains empty and desolate.Industrial percussion's and manipulated sounds come
and violate the senses.The mixing is cool so it goes in and out of both ears like
some ghostly entity whispering hushed verses into your ear.Distant blasts of static
in timed bursts enter the picture as well as a myriad of voices cloaked in distortion.
One last stretch of ambiance and a few final screams to wrap things up and we're on to
the collaborative side.

THE SECOND HALF CONTAINS A COLLABORATION ALBUM
BETWEEN ODOUR SONOUR AND STONE WIRED:

ALL SHALL BE DEAD, ALL SHALL BE NOT:
I.) PEOPLE TRUST, PEOPLE KILL / II.) THE END IS JUST AN EXIT,
THE BEGINNING IS JUST THE END / III.) LET THE WORLD SINK INTO
THE DUST / IV.) YOU SEE ALL IN VAIN / V.) IN THIS WORLD WHERE 
WE HIDE / VI.) FEEDING THE GRAVE / VII.) HANDS THAT NOT MINE
(DEAD HANDS):

The collaborative half is quite different from the other stuff."People Trust"...
opens with robotic voices and moody ambiance that sends electricity down your
spine.Various noises that sound like nocturnal birds of prey circle above and
eventually a slow calm washes over.Semi-distorted bass movements shift for a
while and then the distorted vocals of Mortum come like carrion to a fresh grave,
bringing with them a cloud of static that infiltrates every crack and corner.The
vocals are covered in filters and effects and at times throughout the release have
a 90's style Electro Industrial flavor to them.Like early SKINNY PUPPY or FRONTLINE
ASSEMBLY."The End Is Just An Exit..." is one of my favorite tracks here.Quaking drones
and lite touches of static greet us and throbbing, punchy bass drums strike and shake
the sub-woofers.Distorted rasps come and fade into time-stretched female vocals that
create discomfort.It feels like your equilibrium is being set off balance at times.
Some kind of sonic seasickness.The track is riddled with anxiety as well as depressing
beauty.A really stunning piece as a whole."Let The World Sink Into The Dust" starts out
in a more Death Industrial direction.Metallic percussion's and gaping black holes that
shove out streams of sub-bass.Hazy vocals buried beneath distortion spell out our doom
and phased electronics dance like stars in the throes of vertigo.Standard Death Industrial
with no gimmicks.Slamming metal on metal echoes and layers of sound bounce off of one another.
"You See All In Vain" is an equally dark and dreary piece, but this one is filled with howling
winds and heavy synth saws.Waves of static peel away at the senses like a tide of corrosive
acid as nauseating bass synths rise and fall like the ocean tossing a ship like a ragdoll.
The vocals come in malignant tones neath the haze of effects and an accent that somehow make
them feel a little more hostile.Again we have a prime example of Death Industrial done right
and once again you can hear some 90's industrial undertones in the mix.The track grows harsher
as it persists and makes it clear that ODOUR SONOUR and STONE WIRED have come to unleash a 
lethal combination."In This World Where We Hide" opens with an electric whirlwind and deadly
vocals that come in commanding tones.Vocal processors are used to full effect to make this
one sound utterly threatening.Like multiple voices speaking in unison...An anti-human, daemonic
entity that seethes and lurks within your shadow.The music is kept low and sinister.Black ambient
that dwells in the darkest corners."Feeding The Grave" is a little weird at first.Weird pulses
gather and build as patterns are formed.Additional synths in the same vein help things build
along with spoken samples and groaning sounds like croaks emanating from wet throats.Minimal
drums add an inhuman element making this sound like a cold machine plodding off as regulations
mindlessly come through a loudspeaker.Like a day in a dreary factory with no future other than
death after a life with no accomplishments."Dead Hands" finishes us off with pounding bass drum
rhythms and low vocals through filters similar to something you'd hear from STEEL HOOK PROSTHESIS.
This one is another favorite of mine here since it feels so cold and mechanical.Strange vocals,
rumbling sub-bass, rushing winds and dense distortion...Death Industrial done right in every way.
The drums have the feeling of a tribal rite of passage of some sort and the overall darkness of
the piece gives it a Voodoo vibe that makes this a perfect pestilence to part with.As a team,
ODOUR SONOUR and STONE WIRED are an awesome duo.When the grinding, blistering, white-hot noise
at the end of the track rips through, you can't help but feel excited.A face melting finish to
leave the listener satisfied and ready for more.

EXABYSS RECORDS HAVE BEEN PUTTING OUT SOME PRETTY GREAT DEATH INDUSTRIAL 
AND DARK AMBIENT RELEASES FOR A WHILE NOW AND THIS ONE IS A PERFECT ADDITION
TO THEIR ARSENAL.A FULL RELEASE FROM ODOUR SONOUR AND A TAG-TEAM ATTACK ON
ONE DISC?! YOU NEEDED TO GET THIS MONTHS AGO.WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

7.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

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