Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REVIEW-OF EARTH AND SUN-UNCOILED-CD

OF EARTH AND SUN-UNCOILED-CD
MALIGNANT RECORDS-TUMORCD87
DARK AMBIENT/DRONE DOOM/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDSCAPES
COMES IN A FOUR PANEL DIGI-PACK
OF EARTH AND SUN IS:
MATTHEW HUNZEKER:
BONE TRUMPETS/VOCALS/DRUMS/OSCILLATORS



I.) ANTAHKARANA / II.) CONSUMING OF THE ILLUSORY BODY /
III.) VEIL OF ILLUMINATION / IV.) INDUCTION / 
V.) OFFERING OF THE SEVEN LIMBS / VI.) COILED /
VII.) CONSOLATRIX AFFLICTORUM / VIII.) WALK OF THE BLACK
SNAKE (UNCOILED) / IX.) MARRIAGE OF THE FORCES:

It is amazing what a person can accomlish with a limited set up when
they know how to use and effectively utilize what they have to work with.
Matthew Hunzeker AKA OF EARTH AND SUN does this on a masterful level.
Aided only with a drum machine, ocillators, hand carve bone trumpets 
and his own voice, Hunzeker manages to create some of the most hauntingly
soothing and smotheringly terrifying music at the same time.A sound that 
is ritualistic, spiritual, awe inspiring and primal all at once.Each track
is recorded live in one take, with no over-dubs or studio fuckery.His debut
full-length "Uncoiled" shows him pretty much operating in two gears.Ultra
dense drones with minimal drum beats...And ultra dense drones that stand
on their own.The sound is a fluid blend of electronic and organic instrumentation
that sorta sounds like a combination of THEOLOGIAN and FUNERARY CALL.Occult energy
flows through these sounds like a powerful river and will charge the atmosphere of
any room these songs inhabit."Antahkarana" opens the album with an eerie resonance
that expands like the sun rising over an open panorama.Grand trumpet blasts joined
by what appears to be deep vocal chants hit hard with a sudden loud burst of suspence
and then the drums begin to pound sending us into a deep rhythmic groove.Howling sounds
rise overhead.I am not entirely sure what is being used to create them but the sound is
unreal.Metaphysical energy in motion.Additional textures appear and entwine themselves
like a golden knot around the track.Obscured horns groan through the dreary dirge as
ashen hazes of noise spin in a cycle to contain everything else within.Everything is
a mass of expanding power.Truly some of the most unique stuff I've ever heard in this
genre."Consuming of the Illusory Body" follows and sets us into that other "gear" I
was talking about.Trumpets bleat in a slow, mournful manner.Miserable stuff like being
lost in the blistering heat of an endless desert.The sounds reverberate off of the
inner walls of your ears and hum like strange insects.Quiet choirs and synth ambiance
populate the open areas keeping everything tightly wound together.Drones blend together
like the water-like waves of heat on a distant highway.Music for nomads and vagabonds.
The vocals are hard to describe but come as beastly chants through inhuman effects.
Long wails are heard and kind of remind me of DEAD CAN DANCE in a way.The sound is 
oddly spiritual.Additional horns and vocals form new layers towards the end that
are almost melodic at times."Veil of Illumination" slowly stirs to life as brooding
synths and vocal passages come together as one like smoke from burning inscence.It
sounds like a sacred ritual in progress and in many ways that is just what it is.
Mid-tempo kick drums begin to stomp as the trumpets sound off like something out
of Revelations.The type of stuff you'd hear accompanying a viking army as they 
prepare to rain down Hell from the hillside.The intensity of this record is
staggering.The tones are so rich and warm that they flow like blood from 
lacerated veins.The weight of this track is utterly crushing.Most of the
tracks are in the seven to nine minute range.The album as a whole at just
under seventy minutes...So it is one to immerse yourself in."Induction"
is the shortest piece at around five minutes and serves as an intermission of sorts.
Very low and very deep drones loom like pregnant storm clouds and windswept patterns 
trace through as if following a cavernous trail.Horns fill the air and behave like wailing 
guitar leads.What I think is filtered vocals adds an disturbing and agonized feeling to the
track.This loops and morphs like a spirit cursed to relive the same cruel fate for an eternity.
"Offering of the Seven Limbs" is probably my favorite track here.Like the rest of the album it
rises slow like a Lovecraftian deity awakening after aeons of dreamless slumber.The sound is
full to the point that it takes on an orchestral quality.The fact that this was all done by
one man in one shot is fucking amazing.Bass drum rhythms pound out in an almost tribal fashion.
Like the stuff you'd hear at a Mayan temple as some poor fucker is being dragged up the temple
steps to be sacrificed to the Gods.Sub-sonic bass tones quake below and the voices of several
grief stricken spirits haunt overhead.The various layers become one fluid entity that dances
like a fire elemental with the patrons of an ancient feast in it's name.A perfect soundtrack
for your next ritual murder."Coiled" comes on wavy drones that move like a ship rocking in a
near motionless ocean.Sweeping sounds come in like a blinding mist and subside.This sounds
like ancient stuff at times.The combination of modern and primitive instrumentation is pretty
damn cool.This is also very "visual" stuff that will cause you to daydream all sorts of 
wonderfull and terrible things."Consolatrix Afflictorum" is the longest track here.Dense
drones and growling beasts are heard with repetitive rhythms and bone horns that almost
sound like a strange cover of some forgotten free jazz piece.Haunting choir-like vocals
with an almost Native American feel to them rise as semi-distorted textures do what they
will.It sounds like a shaman in a fevered, ritualistic trance performing sacred ceremonial
rites.What I think is wailing vocals in the distance add a beautifully sad tone to it all.
Music for mystics and magicians."Walk of the Black Snake (Uncoiled)" builds on drums that
sound like an axe chopping wood as if someone is hastefully fashioning a weapon or tool
of some sort.Disorienting lead notes soar over thick ambiance and echo through the energy
created herein.Once again there is a very shamanic, almost Native American vibe coursing
through the song.This one stays pretty consistant for the most part with subtle changes
here and there.It's great stuff anyway you look at it.The title "Marriage of the Forces"
probably sums up this record better than I ever could.This final invocation takes us into
thundering low frequency sounds that mimick hoove beats as wild stalions gallop across a
distant mountainside.Cold winds float like steam over natural hotsprings and a howling 
"voice" vibrates straight into your bones.Dense rhythmic noise and muffled percussions
rumble like rushing water beneath the earth's surface as it makes it's way up.Pure
pressure and intensity in full swing.Similar to parts of the debut album from SKORNEG.
All in all this album is powerful stuff.If the debut is this good then I can't wait
for releases to come.

ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE DEBUT RELEASES OUT THERE RIGHT NOW.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:

9.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

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