Thursday, July 2, 2015

REVIEW-KRISTOFFER OUSTAD-FILTH HAVEN-CD

KRISTOFFER OUSTAD-FILTH HAVEN-CD
MALIGNANT RECORDS-TUMORCD84
DEATH INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDSCAPES
COMES IN A FOUR PANEL DIGI-PACK
THIS IS THE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM OF
KRISTOFFER OUSTAD (KRISTOFFER NYSTROMS ORKESTER/V;28)



Kistoffer Oustad has been a contributer known for his works with
KRISTOFFER NYSTROMS ORKESTER and V;28 for a while now but has always
seemed to operate from the shadows.With his debut solo release "Filth
Haven" He not only proves that he can stand on his own as a solo composser,
but is also a valuble cog in the machine of the scene.

I.) ELBERTON 1979:
Dense synth ambiance floods the senses is slow, brooding measures.
Gloomy and resonant tones that cloak the room in shades of midnight.
Spoken samples tell a story of a strangers arrival and the bizarre 
acts to follow the coming of this enigmatic individual.Secret societies
and hidden cults as well as clandestine occult practices are described
in detail by first hand witnesses.The ambiance builds as fragile lead
strings peak in the distance.Ascending high end synth frequencies soar
towards stars in alignment to bring about the beginning of events that
have awaited countless aeons to come to fruition.Phasing winds and quiet
noise like that of a pic scrapping across guitar strings are heard as the
ambiance reaches climatic and cinematic highs.Stirring and evocative.This
is Dark Ambient with immotion and feeling...So much so that you can feel
it in your chest as chills trace your spine.

II.) TRAVELLER:
Again we start with a "flood" of dark ambiance but this time it is denser
and feels more hostile.High end frequencies cascade like shooting stars
leaving behind trails of debris and static.Tiny melodies are played on
what sounds like a brittle glass piano as layers of surreal synthwork
bring audio nightmares and dreamscapes to life.Everything becomes a
pulsating drone along with high end leads that follow a similar pattern.
The song has an approrpiate title as it feels like you are traveling to
another dimmension as the cosmos expand and swirl around you in brilliant
displays of light and intricate geometric patterns.Harsh walls of noise
and static rise like displaced dust and smoke until all fades into sweeping 
clouds like ash in a gentle yet powerful breeze.Minimal isolationist ambiance
takes the reigns for a brief movement until things once again begin to build.
It's like crash landing on some alien world and taking your first steps as the
enviornment slowly recovers from the impact and the inhabitants cautiously gather
round to get a good look at you.Curious layers and textures join together until
they have enough force to overtake you.Emergency signals and hissing steam from
broken engines add to the atmosphere as an uneasy overtone grows until the end.

III.) ANTI-CLOCKWISE ROTATION:
Synths dance like pin-points of light bleeding through the branches of trees as they
sway in the wind.Heavy sub-orchestral tones gather and grow as deep bass rhythms pulsate
beneath.Higher pitched frequencies and signals are sent out...Some following the general
pattern of the piece and others acting as lead instruments.There is a strange feeling as
if the sands of time are quickly running out so once again the title is fitting.In terms
of theme and composition this reminds me of XIPHOID DEMENTIA in many ways but the sound
it a lot different.Resonating synths bleed out and expand to their vanishing points as
insect-like chirps and bleeps begin to populate the silent areas of the piece.Once again
we are transported to another world of sorts.Ambient music is most effective when it is
evocative and transcendant and this is something Kristoffer Oustad accomplishes as at 
masterful level.

IV.) ROW ME OVER:
Field samples serve as an intro to this one and transport us to a cold lake where birds
sing and caw through a silent sunset.The sounds of oars rowing and water splashing are
heard next along with the creaking of a small boat and the shifting of weight as it makes
it's way.You can really imagine being in the place as you hear this.The recording and
production qualities are top-notch and the mixing is excellent as well.Building tones
of mournful ambiance are heard along with metallic objects of unknown source.Haunting
synth choirs sing over distant bass rhythms that throb beneth the piece.Nocturnal birds
awaken and communicate.Their cryptic speach like a warning of coming danger.Quiet frequencies
are heard like distant feedback as skillfully composed string and choir ambiance dances like
victorian ghosts at a grand ball playing out a tragic waltz.This is numbingly beautiful almost
to the point of tears.By far the most emotive track on the album as well as my personal favorite.
Windswept sounds similar to TERRA SANCTA are heard towards the end as waves crash upon the sides
of a boat.You can literally hear the foam in the water as it pops and cracks.Close attention was
paid to detail and texture here and it pays off.

V.) LIQUIDATOR:
This one starts off much more menacing than previous tracks.Booming synths with slight touches
of distortion and tremelo effects come in slow rhythms as ghostly tones gather and soar until
they are stretched too thin and begin again.This one borders on horror ambient and would work
well for a film set in a cold, abandoned industrial factory.Deep and powerful drones dwell
beneath as layers filtered through wet effects ooze out like plasma spilling into the room.
The effects applied to the opening tones come like spinning cycles from industrial sized fans
or turbines and spin in a slow and ominous manner.The overall atmosphere is one of doom and
danger.A sort of "You should get the fuck out before it's too late" kind of vibe.

VI.) THE SUN MAKER:
Chirping sounds and sweeping synth pads ran through slow phasers and other effects climb out
from the silence.Emotional synths play a slow, sad piece as various high frequencies spin through
the air like falling leaves.Lead synths squeal in high tones as the ambiance expands into a rich
and lush soundscape.Gorgeous stuff that causes the hairs on your arms to stand on end.At times he 
higher pitched remind me of bats as they hunt for prey during the darkest hours of the night.If a
sun is being made then it is still in it's early stages as this track is quite dark.Spacey beeps
and pulses close the track and lead us into the final work on the album.

VII.) THE ARCH:
"The Arch" starts in a similar manner as "Liquidator." A cold, mechanial soundscape bording
on Death Industrial.Metallic objects rattle and deep bass drums pound in very slow measures.
Industrial rhythms are heard in a non-stop loop and claning metallics are added for effect
and atmosphere.Fragile chimes go off in the distance like broken music boxes burried under
a trash heap.The intensity grows fiercly as the song persists until it is almost overwhelming.
Lead synths hover in the background and pretty much every trick in the book used on this record
is present in the final track.Also a favorite of mine on the album.It ends with a slow fade to
black and the screech of scraping metal.An excellent way to close the record.

AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING DEBUT FOR KRISTOFFER OUSTAD AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE RECORDS
THIS YEAR.RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF NEGRU VODA/ABANDONED ASYLUM/TERRA SANCTA/ETC/ETC.
IF YOU ARE A FAN OF OUSTAD'S WORK WITH ANY OF HIS OTHER PROJECTS THEN YOU WILL NOT
BE DISSAPOINTED WITH HIS SOLO OUTPUT.EMOTIONALLY ENGAGING DARK AMBIENT MUSIC OF THE
HIGHEST QUALITY:

9/10
-ABATTOIR-

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