Friday, October 2, 2015

REVIEW - HALO MANASH - HAUDATTUJEN VALVOJA - CD

HALO MANASH - HAUDATTUJEN VALVOJA - CD
AURAL HYPNOX/AH15
RITUAL AMBIENT/DARK AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDSCAPES/ELECTRO ACOUSTIC DRONE
COMES IN AN INTRICATELY CUT, SILK-SCREENED CARDBOARD CASE.
INCLUDES AN 8 PANEL JOURNAL STYLE BOOKLET AND FOUR DOUBLE 
SIDED ART CARDS.PART OF THE SUBLUNAR SERIES.
LIMITED TO 400 COPIES.
TRACKS I-III CAPTURED LIVE 
ON TAPE IN TEMPLE HWAAR 24.1.2013
TRACKS IV-VII CAPTURED LIVE 
ON TAPE IN TEMPLE HWAAR 17.6.2014
THE ALBUM TITLE "HAUDATTUJEN VALVOJA"
TRANSLATES TO "THE GUARDIAN OF THE CONCEALED"
FOR THIS RELEASE HALO MANASH ARE:
AIH
IWO
OAK



I.) WESIENI WAINAJAT:
The newest addition to the brilliant HALO MANASH legacy opens with the silence
of a gate to another world slowly opening.A stream begins to slowly flow from an
unseen source, pushed forward by resonating sub-bass movements that bellow and
groan like an ancient elemental rising from the earth after aeons of undisturbed
slumber."Wet" sounds and textures give this a really organic quality.Distant voices
are heard forming atmospherics that sound like the restless spirits of ancient warriors
re-living battles from ages past.Dense, dripping, Dark Ambient that feels like a living,
breathing entity.Sparse percussive elements aid in the invocation of unfamiliar beings.
The track is almost like a soundtrack for a primeval creatures journey from out of the
mire and into the waiting world.Ringing notes drone on in the far distance and add a
sense of suspense to the piece as the foggy sub-bass passages churn on and on.The tracks
here all bleed together.This one turning into dense rumbling bass tones that sound like
a bubbling black swamp that pulls us forcefully into "Aaveet."

II.) AAVEET:
Writhing and restless.Dungeon-like ambiance.It sounds like an iron works facility deep
in the center of Middle Earth.Clattering and scraping metals, hissing bursts from earthen
schisms, Dreary, Brooding drones that expand and flatline like the light of a setting sun
as it nears it's nightly death. There is a lot to experience here, but it never sounds too
busy or chaotic.Chains rattle and objects are handled and used for unknown purposes.Pick axes
work through cavernous mines to free some sacred and coveted resource.Bones rattle and the earth
itself howls like a hungering specter.What sounds like a flute-like wind instrument plays a long
forgotten melody over humming drones and whispering winds.If you haven't heard HALO
MANASH, you need to. There really isn't anything quite like it.Countless artists create this style of music, But no one else seems to be able to capture it in such a legitimate and passionate way as HALO MANASH other than the other artists on the label.High pitched tones fill the air like the cries
of a mother bird in search of her young.Deep vibrations echo in long stretched drones.Static
textures fill the air like a fine mist of steam.The bowels of the earth grind and turn like 
a hungry machine.Like I said there is a lot to experience in the rich sonic environments created
by HALO MANASH and this serves as an excellent example.

III.) SWRI SYVYYS:
A choir like loop carries us out of "Aaveet" and into Swri Syvyys." Most of the tracks here 
are close to if not over ten minutes in length...This one being over. Long-form drones to
transport you into other worlds...But this isn't just drone music. What HALO MANASH creates
is a full aural experience. Highly evocative and "visual" music that fills the minds eye
with visions of the ancient and the arcane. Esoteric soundscapes fueled and powered by
raw occult energy. The third ritual here rises like lost Atlantis returning to it's former
glory.A towering and monolithic sound structure that casts a looming shadow on everything
it touches.Deep bass drones engulf the room and sound like massive horns sounding an endless
call to war.Hazy atmospheres hover above like swarming locusts in restless wait of coming
famines.Streams trickle in the distance but remain beneath the loud vibrations of the main
drones.Additional textures are heard but also buried and obscured.The track hits with the
force of a black hole opening, expanding and yawning out over the abyss.At times I am reminded
of certain works from SUNN O))) as the drones here behave in a similar manner to some of their
riffs...But this is nowhere near Metal music.Squealing wheels begin to turn on rusted hinges,
Their echos filling the air as walls of distant distortion rise and cascade like white-water
rapids falling over the edge of a canyon down a large descent into peerless depths below.Chimes
are heard jangling somewhere nearby, Adding an ethereal and enchanting quality to the piece.
I am uncertain as to what purpose this ritual serves...But it is one hell of a powerful invocation.
The bass is so heavy at times that it almost hurts if listening with headphones.If I played this
through my stereo I am sure it would cause my speakers to vibrate off of the shelves.Immense Stuff.

IV.) KANTO:
The first three tracks were recorded live in HALO MANASH's private temple as were the last four,
However these were recorded on different occasions.The second set begins with "Kanto" and takes
us in a different direction than the first three pieces.Footfalls are heard as they crunch upon
dead leaves and moist dirt.A throbbing bass line rises and feels the air with a thick sense of
suspense.The feeling of awaiting a climatic conclusion.Squeaking lead notes cry and hang in the
air as the spirits of the land begin to form a phantom choir and sing secret hymns.Wind instruments
that sound like ritualistic calls and cries echo in frenzied anticipation.Occult ambient passages
weave throughout the deeper tones like air gliding through the sails and ropes of a wooden ship.
Humming tones drone and linger, charging the piece with a powerful energy that defies description.
This would be great music to aid in meditation or even ritual if you so desired.Gentle strings are
plucked like an afterthought or the ghosts of songs unwritten.For some reason this track has the
most "Spiritual" effect on me personally.The kind of sounds that make your spine tingle and the
hair on your arms and neck stand like paranoid vermin sensing a predator.Eventually things slowly
wind down in a slow crawl that leads to the next experience.

V.) UHR-A-USVA:
White static...Slowly filled with deep electro acoustic bass tones.They grind and vibrate like the
strings of a cello played in slow motion.Murky atmospheres that move like one trudging through a
semi-flooded marsh land.Instruments from centuries past come to life and stir dormant feelings 
from a lifetime of slumber in the human psyche.String instruments drone on like down-tuned violins.
Rich wood tones unlike anything you'll ever experience from a synthesized version of the real thing.
Imperfect and beautiful.They create their own feedback that pierce the ears in painful jabs.Once again
it sounds like a long forgotten creature slowly stirring itself awake...Each instrument pumping the
lifeforce into it's veins.There are slight similarities here to certain works from FUNERARY CALL,
but overall this is a unique experience.This is one of the "softer" pieces on the album, but one 
of the most hectic at the same time as it has more of an improvised feeling overall.Truly interesting
material.

VI.) HAUDATTUJEN VALVOJA:
Marimba-like vibrations fill the empty air. Soon followed by whispering voices and shifting movements.Winds begin to blow as oceanic waves turn in on themselves, crash and roll away.The atmospheres created here are both beautiful and haunting. Percussive instruments are used from time to time as if to measure the progression of the piece.An evocative invocation that reminds me of ARCHITEUTHIS REX. In fact this album would be right at home if Utech Records had released it as it has a similar vibe.Although the track leans towards minimalism, it's by no means boring in any way. There is enough movement here to keep it interesting and the choice of tones and instrumentation is brilliant.Everything flows together perfectly. Flutes glide on the air and vanish like fleeting thoughts.Chilling breezes blow through in cyclic patterns. Like being alone in the heart of the woods as sudden winds catch you off guard and send shivers down your spine.An excellent composition to say the least.

VII.) AVANTO:
"Avanto" is over thirteen minutes in length.The longest track on the album and a great way to close things. Ethereal drones consisting of airy voices that ascend and vanish over trembling sub-bass sludge.This track is heavy in a smothering sort of way.The bass will push your speakers across the room and rattle your windows like an earthquake ripping through your neighborhood.Grinding noises burrow deep into your ears and next there until they repeat the cycle.High end feedback stabs at the senses and pulls you out of the daze that the previous movements put you in.The heaviness of "Avanto" has an almost Power Electronics/Death Industrial quality to it at times...At least in terms of overall sonic effect and substance.Sounds gather and eventually become one.Like how the separate components of a machine all aid towards one common goal.Cinematic and chaotic but in a slow, controlled sort of way.Wailing lead notes ring out in a mournful manner and inject the track with an unshakable woe and the  feeling that something dangerous is close and watching.This could definitely function as Horror Ambiance although I doubt that was the intention here.Towards the end things become a lot slower but remain as deadly as ever.Surreal and anxiety inducing like waking from a bad dream that stays with you longer than it should.Things pick up in the last few minutes and build to a climax in an orchestral fashion.Laced in heavy amounts of dread and nauseating.
A living sickness that festers and grows.

IMMENSE AND HIGHLY ENGAGING. HALO MANASH NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE:
8/10
-ABATTOIR-

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