Monday, January 11, 2016

REVIEW - +DOG+/ACTUARY - RITUAL FILTH - SPLIT - 12-INCH

+DOG+//ACTUARY - RITUAL FILTH - SPLIT - 12-INCH
LOVE EARTH MUSIC/LEM152
HARSH NOISE/MINIMAL NOISE/EXPERIMENTAL
COMES IN A BLACK SLEEVE WITH SILVER ART
AND PRINT. ON BLACK VINYL WITH STICKER
LABELS. INCLUDES INFO INSERT.


SIDE A.) +DOG+

I.) HALCYON DAYS REVISITED:
This was my first time hearing +DOG+ so I wasn't sure what to expect
completely but being that every other ACTUARY split I've heard has 
been pretty good, I was certain it would be interesting at the very
least...And I was right. "Halcyon Days Revisited" opens as a powerful
electronic drone. Thick and heavy stuff that drifts expanding outward
until secondary pulses arise and we shift down into a slow descent. The
overall sound is almost like being in a small aircraft as it rises and
falls in a drunken journey into nowhere. Multiple layers rumble and
roar as what sounds like either very distant distortion or very distorted
distant vocals are heard. Hard working motors try and struggle to keep 
this thing going in what sounds like a tremendously stressful process.
Burried feedback and wind ripping propellers attack the atmosphere and
forceful harsh textures wrestle to the surface until they are pushed
back into the rubble. Strange clicks and chirps fill the air like the
needles of flight instruments and indicators busy at work. Dreary drones
and high end noise add a sense of danger and worry to what is already an
intense piece. After a while it starts to sound like we are approaching
deep shit and might need to get the fuck out while we still can. Impact
is imminent and the shit is about to hit the fucking fan. Harsh strikes
slice the senses like the cold, sharp, metallic stab of wreckage. Dense
noise like footfalls in the snow end this one. Flight/Fight/Crash/Wander/
Bleed/Freeze/Die is the best way to sum this one up.

SIDE B.) ACTUARY

II.) INCONVENIENT GIFT:
On the flip side, ACTUARY offers up a solid slab that begins as cold and
dream-like Ambient music. Exploring textures glide in and out along with
mist-like noise that drifts and sways along to a minimalistic melody.
High end pulses soar and scream in the distance like a hazy memory of
the fourth of July. Haunting and transcendant music that sends you deep
into your own conciousness in search of locked doors and buried secrets.
Harsh, grinding noise rolls in without the transition even being noticed
at first. ACTUARY have always been great at creating surreal and dreamy
soundscapes, but this is probably the strongest example of their craft
that I have heard to date. Countless electric pulses and signals whir
and rise as obscured object abuse and moaning sub-choir voices build
and blur. Distant industrial rhythms form catchy patterns that repeat
in your head long after the track ends while the main current of noise
becomes an endless wail filled with a schizophrenic display of experimentation.
Overall this feels like a very free-form track. Improvisational, yet not entirely
as there is a structure and order to things. Corroded layers stack up like heavy
snowfall as windswept static accompanies and compliments this new theme. We end
with clattering object percussion's that fade into what sounds like a recording
of someone's cat begging for attention. A strange, but interesting way to end 
things.

BOTH ARTISTS TAKE US ON VIVID JOURNEYS, AND WITH THIS STYLE OF NOISE 
THAT IS USUALLY THE GOAL. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED GUYS. PICK THIS ONE
UP IF YOU WANT SOMETHING TO LIGHT UP AND DRIFT AWAY TO...OR IF YOU 
ARE A SOBER DUDE LIKE ME, THEN JUST DROP THE NEEDLE AND ENJOY THE
RIDE:

7/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.loveearthmusic.com
www.actuarysound.com

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