Sunday, September 13, 2015

REVIEW - IN SEARCH OF DEATH - III - CD

IN SEARCH OF DEATH - III - CD
DEATH CONTINUES RECORDS/DCRCD007
HARSH NOISE/POST-INDUSTRIAL/RHYTHMIC NOISE/DEATH INDUSTRIAL
COMES IN A JEWEL CASE WITH INSERT BOOKLET.
IN SEARCH OF DEATH IS:
XAVIER H.



FEATURES TEN UNTITLED TRACKS, OR SIMPLY
I-X:

This is the third album by IN SEARCH OF DEATH, but the only to be released 
so far.Albums two and then one may possibly be released in that order, going
backwards, sometime in the future...But this hasn't been decided upon 100%.
No tites. No gimicks. Just filthy audio structures that decay and collapse
in repeating loops of sonic destruction.Track one creeps up on us and introduces
the album with dense, windswept textures and low pummeling rhythms that climb in
volume.Faint traces of melody can be heard if you listen closely but the overall
sound is very grim and forboding.Like being in the heart of a mechanical structure
as it exhales slow, deep breaths in it's sleep.Number two is an entirely different
animal.Loud, pounding industrial rhythms.Fierce and mechanical.Like tribal drum
patterns being mimicked by heavy duty pistons with great force.Static comes in
tones that sound like forcefully peeling back skin.Nerve shredding and anxious.
Musical machinery.Clicking patterns repeat as if to say that time is precious as
spoken samples in a foreign tongue narrate a situation that is probably better left
untranslated.I am reminded of the works of MIND OF GOD at times.Mostly due to the 
repitition found here.Track three builds on the claustrophobic blasts of black winds
that rumble quietly, yet with force.A void of ambiance lies within and brings us into
percussive segments that sound like something being hammered down to form a tempo.What
sounds like the spinning wheels of an antique sewing machine is heard creating secondary
rhythms as the billowing ambiance persists.Synth strings with a Funeral Doom quality to
them are tossed in the mix to create an experience like listening to a nightmare as it
slowly unfolds.Number four comes on harsh static over pulsing beats and harsher static
textures that once again sound like they are ripping their way into you.Muffled metallic
percussion's join in and add momentum.The tracks so far are built on a similar foundation
as the works of NON, but done in a more "Industrial factory" type of way.A song is heard
in the form of men whistling as they clash in labor at what sounds like a train yard or
coal mine. That whole "Whistle while you work" thing.The sounds of the Industrial Revolution
are in full swing here.Dirty and grimey stuff.The fifth of these ten tracks begins with hazy
sonic blasts that build on repetition over a deep undercurrent of black ambiance.Looped static
meditations that feel like they dig deep into your sub-conscious.What sounds like loud steam
powered constructs begin to pound out in primal fury only to be crushed in the wake of huge
slamming rhythms.It sounds like iron fists punching reinforced steal doors.Rapid fire machine
gun blasts are looped and fire off in your direction.For a brief period things quiet done a bit
to let the machines shine as they demonstrate their fury...But only until the next cacophanous
assault.Track six is a little longer and a little different.It starts with what appears to be
a ceremonial song playing on an old record.Chants and hand drums fill the air in celebration as
a man narrates the event in a dialect I don't speak.Afterwards we are once again tossed into the
sounds of heavy machinery.A mantra of churning mechanical rhythms.The language of the factory in
full swing.Grinding, squealing, buzzing, un-oiled and cold creations that serve one purpose and
know nothing else.Truly hypnotic...You will find yourself drifting away into a world of cogs,
wheels, belts and pistons.At the same time there is a strangely "organic" feeling to this record
as well.Like each part is a living organism...That they all work together to complete a single
task.Like carrion all chewing on one stinking corpse.From an unseen speaker we hear what sounds
like a WWII era orchestral demonstration.This closes the piece and brings us to the relentless
rhythms of number seven.Dense, bass-heavy blasts with the recklessness of an out of control
panzer tank rolling through a surburban neighborhood.Brass synths add even more of a militant
vibe and help the pace, flow and overall movement.A building essence of suspense you could say.
Vibrational metallic ringing chimes in the distance and static bursts come like blades to skin
you alive.Lacerating with the demand of bloodshed.Foreign voices speak in unison as if repeating
back a command to show that it has been understood.Eight is a demonstration of organized chaos.It
sounds like some ancient contraption spiraling out of control in it's last moments.Reckless and
dangerous.This comes in looped intervals as another machine is heard clunking like a jackhammer
of some sort.Screeching devices scream out over and over like enraged prehistoric beasts.Circular
rhythms spin in slow and heavy movements.Thumping thuds join in and all becomes a mass orgy of
animated rust and metal.Industrial intercourse in progress.Number nine is the longest track on
the album at nearly nine minutes.It starts with large, dull thuds like those of Roman war drums.
Strange semi-melodic notes match the tempo and almost sound like carnival music.Punchy synth 
strings only add to the circus vibes.The drums slowly pick up the pace over time but it still
sounds quite miserable even then.Heavy and corroded bass synths bleed out in dense, muffled
displays of deep distress only to soon vanish and start all over again.This one certainly
stands out among the rest.It almost sounds like it could have been an extended intro to an
earlier DEATH IN JUNE record.We end with ten...Moaning sub-bass and whining high end tones
in a sea-sick up and down motion.Like the audio representation of nausea.Sounds of weapons
and war are heard echoing like long lost memories or Post-Traumatic flash backs.Scenes of
death and violence over an anxiety inducing soundscape.The last two tracks are sort of a
strange turn in a way but, oddly enough, it works.

ALTHOUGH I AM NOT SURE WHY IN SEARCH OF DEATH CHOSE 
TO RELEASE THE THIRD ALBUM FIRST...I AM GLAD TO HAVE 
IT IN MY HANDS.AN EXCELLENT DEBUT.CORROSSIVE INDUSTRIAL
SOUNDSCAPES FOR ALL YOUR POST-APOCALYPTIC NEEDS.
GREAT STUFF:

10/10
-ABATTOIR-

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