Saturday, February 20, 2016

REVIEW - BLUE - III - KAPPA CRUCIS - CD

BLUE - III - KAPPA CRUCIS - CD
LOVE EARTH MUSIC/LEM-129
HARSH NOISE/EXPERIMENTAL NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS/RHYTHMIC NOISE
COMES IN A CARDBOARD SLIP-CASE.


I.) KAPPA CRUCIS PARTS 1-99:
It seems this album is themed around a certain star found
within a body of stars. "Kappa Crucis (κ Cru, HD 111973) is 
a star in star cluster  NGC 4755, which is also known as the 
Kappa Crusis Cluster." So I was expecting a long, Drawn out
Space Ambient album divided into 99 varying movements. What
I heard upon listening was much different than what I had in
mind. On "Kappa Crucis," Which is obviously the third album
form the project simply known as BLUE, We have one track that
contains 99 short Harsh Noise pieces. Whether each one is a 
tribute to a different star in the cluster or they form the
tribute as a whole I am not sure. Being that this was my first
experience with the project I could only guess as to what it would
sound like. Much to my suprise, It was a lot more varried and intense
than I thought it would be. Blarring, Dense noise roars as oscillating
pulses rocket towards a distant galaxy. Moaning, Shambling and miserable
tones grind and battle to be heard against each other and then all falls
silent. This was part one of 99. Man we are in for a ride. Each piece behaves
in a similar fashion and sounds like BLUE is attempting to mimic the sounds of
the massive engines of enourmous space crafts. There is a brief pause inbetween
each track to signify when the one ends and the next begins. Some tracks feature
high end atmospheres that come as a dizzying blur. Looped rhythms and strange
textures swirl along with what sounds like buried voices being broadcasted into
space via powerful satellite radios. Cyclic segments begin to bend and curve over
murky soundscapes with dreary overtones. Robotic voices ride cosmic airwaves as
restless pulses shoot back and fourth around them. Some tracks seem to linger
around much longer than others which only last a few seconds. Harsh/Experimental
Noise delivered through a "Get in/Get out" Grindcore aesthetic. Some tracks definitely
stand out more than others, Especially those that feature manic vocals and more free
flowing synth/pedal experimentation. Rocky textures and jagged, disjointed tones make
up many of the smaller pieces. Schitsofrentic outbursts of classic sci-fi style synth
sounds are present on many of the longer pieces. After a while it feels like each track
is taking you to another region of the solar system before bursting through celestial
walls to the next. I do wish certain segments were a little longer but the way this
is presented definitely keeps things interesting. At times we hear waving noise elements
that sound like a tattered flag being violently assaulted by strong winds while at others
things take a more relaxed/dreamy approach. Drones morph into alternative versions of 
theselves, Low end quakes rock the stars from their sockets, Alien life forms send signals
in attempts to communicate with us on our interstellar travels and violent sonic storms threaten
our safety in a pummeling rain of space debris. Filters are pushed to their limits as we set
the controls to distant galaxies and unexplored systems. This is a pretty fun listen once you
really get into it and let it take you where it wants to. Audio exploration at it's finest. An
album that can serve as either background music or an immersive experience depending on your
mindset going in. Machine gun rhythms take you into treacherous battles with hostile inhabitants,
Cosmic snow flurries blind our sight as we embark further in, Rock slides send monolithic structures
down upon us, And we are sucked into the vacuum of sulfuric cyclones that come as a violent vortex.
There is a lot to experience here. Take your protein pills and put your helmet on.

AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE. FUCK SPACE CAMP. BUY THIS:

7/10
-ABATTOIR-

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