Thursday, February 25, 2016

REVIEW - COBER ORD - LE REVERS DU SOLEIL - CASSETTE - C50

COBER ORD - LE REVERS DU SOLEIL - CASSETTE - C50
PHAGE TAPES/SATAN'S DIN/TURGID ANIMAL/PT216
BLACK NOISE/RITUAL AMBIENT/OCCULT DRONE/DEATH INDUSTRIAL
COMES IN BLACK CARDBOARD FOLD OUT CASE WITH SCREEN PRINTED ART.
ON GREY CASSETTE WITH PAINTED DESIGN ON THE A SIDE.
LIMITED TO 150 COPIES.
CD VERSION ALSO AVAILABLE THROUGH:
MANTRA SPENTA/SACRAMENT II
COBER ORD IS:
YAN AREXIS (STILLE VOLK/SUS SCROFA)
YANN H (HABSSYL)


SIDE A.)
I.) LE REVERS DU SOLEIL / II.) CIMETIERE CHIMERES /
III.) BRUME:
Side A opens with the shifting and scraping of jagged sheets of
metal. This segment lasts quite some time. Eventually we hear what sounds
like dragging chains and further rustling followed by sparse cymbals heard
lightly in the distance. Wavy, Sub-harmonic atmospheres slowly crawl into
the room. Hostile growls are heard as well as quieter inhuman vocalizations.
It sounds like some primordial beast or Daemon asserting dominance over the
lesser of his species. Subterranean ambiance flows as makeshift wind chimes
rattle and queasy chants fill the room with their uneasy atmosphere. The
growling beast seems to become more irritated with each passing moment and
the backing ambiance mirrors it's mood. Things become tenser in a slow motion
sprawl. It sounds like the nightly rambling of a victim (or willing participant)
of Daemonic possession or perhaps like entering the realm where pure evil dwells.
Pained wails ring out as static rises until it is cut off by silence in cyclic
intervals. At times it kind of reminds me of the scenes in the Evil Dead films
where the entity is on the prowl through the woods. Black Metal style rasps come
forced to the point that they become hard coughs. Deep wood percussion's are played
in lazy measures. Crunching and hammering sounds along with percussive shakers.
A barrage of down tuned screams replace these and we fade into silence. The next
piece starts out really similar to the first. Metallic rustling in what sounds
like a dreary, Dim-lit chamber of some sort. Ghastly whispers populate distant
reaches. Quiet electronics buzz and flutter like the spinning blades of the motor
of a small fan. Cavernous ambiance fades in. Ghostly choirs moan as obscured vocals
are heard chanting a strange mantra. Funeral paced drums thunder beneath along with
the vibrations of ceremonial gongs. Sub-sonic pulses come and go through the low end.
Bass guitars are heard in a murky, Miserable tone until all is whispers over haunting
textures. Things pick up one last time giving this side a pretty strong finish.

SIDE B.)
IV.) FORET V CATHEDRALE GLAS I / V.) LE MEME ARBRE SE REPETE / 
VI.) DANSE PIERRE / VII.) SORTIARIUS / VIII.) METEMPSUKHOSIS:
The B side features shorter tracks beginning with "Foret V Cathedrale
Glas I" which opens with loud metallic percussive elements. 
Sounding like the ritualistic clamor of large pots and pans...
Rusty scrapings over booming metal tinged with bass are heard like 
the preparation of tools for a ceremonial working. Raspy whispers 
are exhaled as a wicked mist filming the air. Vibrating bass tones 
hang, linger and vanish. Cinematic synth ambiance builds, Ebbs, Flows 
and disperses. Minimal ritualism in dreary waves that sounds like a more 
blackened version of something you'd hear from the Aural Hypnox label. 
Low growls penetrate the silence in between throbbing rhythms. 
Phrases are croaked in voices of gravel and the metallic clanging become 
painfully loud. Horrendous shrieks inject the atmosphere with pure terror 
as glitchy noise adds to the building suspense. This is some of the darkest 
stuff I've heard in some time and that is really saying something. Dense assaults
come in intervals. Little cacophonies of dread and trauma. The percussive
elements take on an almost orchestral meets free-jazz quality to them as
tension builds to nearly unbearable thresholds. It sounds like a WOLVSERPENT
recording that has been completely stripped down to it's rawest form. Pure
primal aggression. The music of cave dwelling lepers writhing in torment 
during the worst phases of the dark ages. Feedback ignites faster tempos
and orcish grunts. A call to war and bloodshed. Squeaking textures mimic
frantic plague rats as they run for cover under the death stomp of armored
feet. Distorted bass coincides with pummeling drums. Utterly ferocious. The
overall sonic violence of this catastrophe reminds me of the first album from
NDE. Militant fury without restraint filtered through a medieval Black Metal
attitude. Electronic pulses contrast the ancient feel of the piece as we go
into martial snare drum patterns over corrosive noise. Secondary drums are
layered over top and then things kick into full gear once again. Vocal wails
are heard over twin tones of feedback. It sounds like COBER ORD are reveling
in their craft. The final track of this side comes as quietly drifting ambiance. 
Booming drum kicks open the path for dismal textures to sweep in and hover above.
Echoing whispers and distant cries of agony are added along with creaking
vocalizations from a dry distant throat. Eerie tones mingle within the
aether. A strange resonance builds slowly and nears climax only to be
cut of by a void of silence.It's honestly hard to tell where one track 
ends and another begins on this so I did my best to describe the forbidden 
darkness contained on this cassette. A great release regardless.

DEFINITELY A BAND I AM GOING TO KEEP AN EYE ON.
DARK AND FILTHY RITUALISTIC AMBIANCE INFUSED WITH
ELEMENTS OF NOISE, DEATH INDUSTRIAL AND BLACK METAL:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

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