Sunday, January 17, 2016

REVIEW - SOLCO CHIUSO - HUMAN TEXTURES - CD

SOLCO CHIUSO - HUMAN TEXTURES - CD
LOST EMPIRES/LER-01CD
POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE/DEATH INDUSTRIAL
COMES IN A 4 PANEL DIGI-PACK.


I.) THE TARGET:
This is the first release from the new label "Lost Empires" and
a great start at that. Here SOLCO CHIUSO presents strong stand
alone tracks as well as powerful collaborations. We begin with
"The Target" which opens the album with warped, hazy electric
atmospheres, glitching electronic experimentation, wandering
static textures and churning sub-bass organized into accesable
rhythm. Radio transmissions and moaning lead synths fill the air
in a semi-chaotic blur as additional chirps and beeps surface and
subside. Rapid fire machine gun blasts sound the alarm and pave the
way for distorted Power Electronics style screams. Raspy and spiteful
like SHP being covered by IRM. High end frequencies ascend like war
drones on search and destroy mission. Computers and control panels are
heard beeping as commands are being entered. The overall vibe is warfare
and annihilation. Target locked. Destruction immenent.

II.) CAN LIFE PREVAIL?:
(ADDITIONAL EFFECTS, NOISE AND VOCALS BY: WERTHAM)
On "Can Life Prevail?", SOLCO CHIUSO teams up with WERTHAM to offer up
a seething Death Industrial soundscape. Heavy metallic percussion's boom
and clang under wandering drones, hissing static that comes like a mist of
death in chemical warfare and exploring feedback that chokes the life out of
any left breathing. WERTHAM's vocals are strong but distant and come across
like the ravings and rantings of a man enraged and overcome by a passionate
anger. Rolling rhythms are crafted out of what sounds like heavy drones filtered
through tremolo effects. Soaring synths mimic planes during takeoff as they prepare
to either escape or raid. Suddenly a heavy slam brings in loud electric fury in a
short burst before the track finishes.

III.) FLOWERS OF STONE:
"Flowers Of Stone" bridges the gap between track two and the next collaborative
effort. Once again voices are transmitted over the airwaves, This time sounding
like chatter being picked up from a police scanner. Dense Harsh Noise textures
grind and wrestle with one another creating an intense feeling of struggle and
opression. Feedback and heavy filter abuse creates wailing textures to add atmosphere,
ambiance and effect. Pulsing pin-points of sound penetrate like a dozen needles into
your mind. From what I can tell it seems like corruption and abuse of power are the
main themes at work on this one. Lazer blasts pulsate and annihilate as wave after
wave of Harsh Noise hits in an all out onslaught on the senses. A very straight forward
and to the point piece...But one that is very effective.

IV.) RUSTY RITUALS:
(ADDITIONAL NOISE, FILTERS AND EFFECTS BY: NAXAL PROTOCOL)
Next SOLCO CHIUSO and NAXAL PROTOCOL join forces on "Rusty Rituals."
This one builds up with more of a silent and sinister approach at first with
uneasy synth waves, cyclic high end experimentation and busy distant frequencies.
Pummeling Death Industrial kick drums add a mid-paced, doom-laden pulse to the
piece to provide a tempo to the crawling and creeping vocals that follow. Pure
90's Death Industrial worship. Soft spoken verses layered in delay, reverb and
a small amount of distortion add a sense of dread and coming misfortune. Cold,
emotionless, inhuman and clinical. It sounds like something very deadly is slowly
approaching. A shambling plague that drifts from town to town leaving only dust
and skeletal remains behind. Again I am reminded of both SHP and IRM but not enough
that this sounds like a copy of either. The title is fitting as this sounds both
corroded and ritualistic. Occult rites recited in a scrap yard as fires blaze in
rusted metallic cylinders. Post-Apocalyptic industrial to accompany the end of days.

V.) ZWEI:
"Zwei" or "Two" or "Twain" if my translations are correct comes in a rush of frantic
noise filtered through wet effects. It sounds like a panicking animal in the painful
throes of death...No white light of comfort...Only total terror. Heavy synth drones
carry us like a corpse to sea as circular rhythms and patterns phase in and out of
the speakers to cause further feelings of despair and utter despondency. High end
screeching is heard in the distance like a mass flock of carrion circling a rotting
feast...The dreadful drones that accompany them seal our fate and confirm our grim
circumstances. Feedback expands and loops in maddening repetition until all drops off
and cuts out.

VI.) RUMORE ODINATO DEL TEMPO:
"Rumore Odinato Del Tempo" translates roughly into a broken phrase concerning noise 
and time. This is fitting as we go into disjointed rhythmic noise and humming power
drones filled with the sounds of heavy artillery, machine gun blasts, shouting soldiers
and the dusty shuffling of combat boots on the battlefield. Additonal textures and layers
add to the chaos and intensity of battle. Synths become blured flashes like the light of
nearby explosions. Fluttering sounds fly by like bullets into warm bodies before you.
Silence pervades as phantom patterns rush in and steal the breath from your lungs
before you even know you're hit.

VII.) SEX IS A CRIME:
(ADDITIONAL NOISE, FILTERS, SYNTHS AND EFFECTS BY:
LE COSE BIANCHE)
The next three continue as collaborations. Here SOLCO CHIUSO and LE COSE BIANCHE take us
into rumbling synths that slowly rise as dreamy ambiance billows and flows like a surreal
vision. Rusted metallic textures grind and scrape as electronic pulses ping, bounce and 
echo. Softly spoken vocals come filtered through minimal but fitting effects that add to
the overall dream-like state invoked here. Feedback carelessly runs in like a reckless, 
stumbling drunk, making itself at home. Static comes in crisp, buzzing layers that hover
and hang in the air like smoke in a dingy poet's club. Distant dripping textures and 
crackling noises are heard if you pay close attention. A strange but wonderful track.

VIII.) HUMAN TEXTURES:
(ADDITIONAL EFFECTS, CHAOS AND METALLIC THUNDERS BY:
CLAUDEDI)
The title track is done in collaboration between SOLCO CHIUSO and CLAUDEDI who is the
first of two of the collaborative artists I am unfamiliar with, The second being 
EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE on the following track. "Human Textures" rises forcefully on
aggitated waves of rising and falling noise. Dull and distant thuds form a tempo
to the piece and serve as a metronome for charred, distorted vocal rasps that 
come in verses of spite and hate. The type of vocals that go straight for the
throat with no fucks given. Again we have an excellent display of textural 
placement and timing that really shows off SOLCO CHIUSO's compositional skills.
There are a lot of sounds here that could have easily have come across as random 
noise for the sake of noise were it not for the careful attention to detail and
timing here. Great stuff!

IX.) THE MESMERIZER:
(ADDITIONAL EFFECTS, LOOPS, SAMPLES AND CONTRABASS BY:
EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE)
Finally we end with SOLCO CHIUSO and EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE working as one on "The
Mesmerizer." This one opens as a very weird and otherworldly piece filled with
all kinds of strange chirps, chimes and other odd and wonderful sounds. Sliding
and scratching tones and textures whip and zoom as minimal Industrial bass drums
form a plodding pace. Emotive string instrumentation creates a beautifull and
cinematic element that really makes this an enjoyable piece. Orchestral passages
go from dreamy and fragile to sinister and foreboding in smooth transitions that
never feel out of place. The simple bass drum comes through effects that remind
me of early CABARET VOLTAIRE. Distant, Hushed voices whisper of things we will 
never know for a brief moment and with that we end. A very strange, but interesting 
way to close the album.

OVERALL A GREAT AND HIGHLY ENJOYABLE DEBUT FOR BOTH SOLCO CHIUSO AND LOST EMPIRES 
RECORDS. BE SURE TO GET A COPY OF THIS ONE AND CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF. FANS OF
MANY STYLES OF NOISE AND TRUE INDUSTRIAL ARE SURE TO FIND SOMETHING THEY LIKE HERE:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.solcochiuso@gmail.com
www.lostempiresrecords@gmail.com

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