Saturday, May 9, 2015

REVIEW-THEOLOGIAN + STROM. EC-HUBRIZINE-COLLABORATION-CD

THEOLOGIAN + STROM. EC-HUBRIZINE-COLLABORATION-CD
MALIGNANT RECORDS-TUMORCD68
POWER ELECTRONICS/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT
COMES IN AN OVERSIZED DELUXE FOUR PANEL DIGIPACK
FEATURING ARTWORK, QUOTES AND LINER NOTES.
"HUBRIZINE WAS MANUFACTURED BY THEOLOGIAN
PRIME USING SOURCE MATERIAL PROVIDED BY JASSE
TUUKKI AND TONI MYOHANEN 2010-2013."



I.) INVOLUNTARY DILATION / II.) EM-19 /
III.) UBIK / IV.) HUBRIZINE / V.) EXEGESIS /
VI.) WORLD WAR TERMINVS / VII.) FLOW MY
TEARS (FEATURING VOCALS BY: AURORA):

THEOLOGIAN and STROM.EC team up to offer up a solid slab of unique 
ambiance and punishing power electronics.We kick things off with
"Involuntary Dilation" which takes us into ten minutes of crystal
clear ambiance played on ghostly pianos that echo over time stretched
synths and hazy textures.At times this sounds like something COIL would 
have done around the "New Backwards" era.Ultra dark ambiance similar to
LUSTMORD or a CRYOCHAMBER release haunts the far reaches in the background
as THEOLOGIAN'S trademark synth sound adds a thick and throbbing substance
to the piece.You can easily identify elements of both artists here while they
create something a little more unexpected at the same time.Sad and elegant
themes play around like moths on fragile wings as the track builds along
with gentle piano notes that are stretched and disfigured.A truly beautiful
piece."EM-19" is a different entity entirely.Playful clean tones dance like
feathers on air at first and then BOOM! Distorted rhythms and harsh vocals
followed by what sounds like slap bass in timed segments.Pulsating electronics
grind out over murky ambiance and once again we have a unique piece of work 
that fucking works.The vocals come in a bitter voice that tells us that "we
are programmed to die." Choir voices are used to full effect and come in
waves to wash out the memory of human existence.My only complaint is that
I wish the track was longer."UBIK" is around the same length and opens in
a similar fashion.This time denser and darker.Hazy ambient that swoops and
drifts around the room like an insect looking for a place to hide and metallic
industrial rhythms take us into secondary industrial beats until they both blend
in an artificial intercourse.The vocals are cleaner in tone but wrapped tightly
in wet phasers and filters.Heavy sub-bass and stunning ambient work flows under
it all.Distortion and drum fills suddenly assault the distant atmosphere of the
track somehow creating a sinking feeling like your entire world is coming down
around you and there is nothing you can do to restore it.The title track, "Hubrizine" 
is over eighteen minutes long.Stark and lightless.Wave after wave of rolling dark
ambiance encased in lite touches of crisp distortion.If you're into stuff like 
SHOCK FRONTIER or SCHLOSS TEGAL then you'll really dig this.Slow and cinematic,
yet suspenseful.Total isolationist stuff here...The kind of music I'd listen to
if I was walking alone beneath a white winter sky.Both artists know how to use
restraint and pacing to their advantage while at the same time, not boring the
listener to death.After a considerable period of meditative drifting we are
treated to distorted currents of energy.Charged surges that form powerful drones.
Another movement takes place and all fades into a minimal soundscape.A bleak and
dreary void filled with bubbling electronics soaked in warped effects and alien
phasers that ascends to the point of madness before falling back to earth in a
slow spiral.Once it hits it mutates into pissed vocals that come in harsh bursts
of rage over rhythmic noise.Similar to IRM, NYODENE D, SEKTOR 304, Etc. Loud and
angry just as power electronics should be."Exegesis" is an interesting one.Ambiance
floats and harsh vocals strike out a combination of sounds on totally different ends
of the spectrum.Added to this we have distant metallic beats and heavy bass bursts.
It feels like oppossite emotions blending together to create a new state of existence
as the "Programmed to die" themes from earlier are repeated.Fragile static and choir
synths participate once again.Very strange and surreal but it works."World War Terminvs"
takes us into a wondrous clean ambient soundscape in a shoegaze haze.Pretty drones in
an obscure cloud like something NADJA, BIRCHVILLE CAT MOTEL or FEAR FALLS BURNING would 
do, just on different instruments.At times it sounds similar to stuff like BLOOD FOUNTAINS
or URAL UMBO as well.A very calm and transcendent piece that could easily lull you to sleep
if you listen to it late at night."Flow My Tears" sends us off in a saddened state.Pretty
synths flow in currents as reversed layers glide within them.Some really interesting electro
industrial beats carry us in deeper and soaring female vocals float like sorrowful ghosts.
It almost sounds like a MASSIVE ATTACK style remix of a chamber ambient track.Hard to describe
but very easy to listen to.This one as well as some of the others tend to send you into a deep
daydream type of state.Punchy bass beats start throwing hits back and fourth and various layers
of experimentation swirl around them.The vocals are lush and gorgeous and everything flows and
blends into a perfect mix until it slowly fades into oblivion.

A VERY INTERESTING DIRECTION FOR BOTH ARTISTS INVOLVED.FANS OF EITHER WILL
BE BOTH SURPRISED AND PLEASED:

9/10
-ABATTOIR-

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