Tuesday, February 2, 2016

REVIEW - GO AS DEATH - RITUALS OF AN EMPTY THRONE - CASSETTE

GO AS DEATH - RITUALS OF AN EMPTY THRONE - CASSETTE
EXABYSS RECORDS/SNT06
DEATH INDUSTRIAL/HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH 4 PANEL J-CARD
INSERT. ON BLACK CASSETTE WITH PRINTED TEXT
AND SYMBOLS.
GO AS DEATH IS:
JOHN MCVAY


"Rituals Of An Empty Throne" is my first experience with GO AS DEATH. 
Anytime I hear a project that is new to me that is this good I get pretty 
damn excited. John Mcvay AKA GO AS DEATH creates traditional Death Industrial 
with a Power Electronics edge in a way that only a true fan and scholar of the 
genre(s) can. 

SIDE A.)

I.) PRINCE OF DESOLATION / II.) DRUG LORD / III.) SMOKING GOAT BLOOD /
IV.) DOUBLE CROSSER / V.) HANDS OF FATE:
"Prince Of Desolation" opens the album with a seething Death Industrial
soundscape that expands under Harsh atmospheres. Croaked, Blackened vocals infiltrate
the air like a sudden disease and sound similar to Pure Holocaust era IMMORTAL meets
TREPANERINGSRITUALEN. Creepy distant chimes and dense gusts of wind add mass amounts 
of eeriness to the immense void of sound that's been slowly building from the start.
Thick and flowing like heavy ash asphyxiating all in it's path. Seriously grim stuff.
"Drug Lord" follows on corrosive synths that fill the room like a deadly gas. This is
some of the most vile and malevolent sounding Power Electronics music I've heard in
quite some time. Merciless drones devour the listener without a second thought. Rolling
landslides of sub-bass sludge spread out thick as tar and equally smothering. Like a 
giant pillar of smoke twisting through your home town and laying all to waste. Spoken
sampled are heard through thick walls of reverb and delay that make them almost impossible
to comprehend...More of a nightmarish blur to add to the confusion and chaos swirling around
you. Scrapping noises like that of rats digging through the foundation of your home is heard
as obscured vocal samples once again attempt to penetrate through the fog in vain. "Smoking
Goat Blood" begins with spoken samples concerning murder and lethal injections. Corroded static
wraps around the words like an omen of misfortune. Looped samples describing drug use to the
point of overdose paint a grim picture of what is common reality for many. Sheets of dense noise
drape the room as piercing feedback strikes out in all directions. This track serves as a small
interlude to bridge the gap to the next. "Double Crosser" arrives as misty, steam-like white
noise over haunting ambiance that hints at melody. Like a melodic composition stretched out
to create a dream-like drone. Spoken samples build on the theme of the piece and serve as an
excellent narrative. Samples pulled from cult classic sexual exploitation films add a darkly
sarcastic and comedic element and are followed up by rhythmic throbbing pulses looped out
over hissing walls of noise and windswept textures. Glitching, incomplete samples struggle
to be heard but are silenced before they realize their goal until they are finally heard in
full at the end. "Hands Of Fate" comes on sawing electronic noise that grinds into your head
accompanied by a repeating mantra of sound that has a similar quality to the original Twilight
Zone theme song. Maddening repetition that burrows into the brain and eats away at your sanity.
Minimal percussive elements come as a dull thud that stomps out underneath the track. Distant
horror ambiance is crafted with tormented wailing and anguished moans as well as rattling chains
and other classic sounds of the macabre.

SIDE B.)

VI.) SEVEN COVENANT BLESSINGS OF SONSHIP / VII.) THE SHADOWGATE (PARTS I & II):
The second half of this trial of terror opens with "Seven Covenant Blessings Of Sonship." 
Thick ashen drones blow in like a wind of pestilence. Like the toxic aftermath of nuclear war. 
Debris, dust and death in a billowing black cloud of slaughter. Minimal and extremely threatening
all at once. The pure essence of decay channeled through an array of pedals and mechanical devices
until all is a radiant hum of decomposing sound. Like desert winds come to whip the remaining flesh
off of any carcass in the wasteland. After some time there is more movement to be heard. Low but
harsh noise that shreds and slices like sharp sands tossed from a powerful vortex. Noise that sounds
like a field recording of a storm in the barren regions of nothing and nowhere. An immense, rumbling
vacuum come to pull you into the endless yawning reaches of oblivion. The type of shit that rattles
your speakers and wears down your wits. Hidden textures can be heard if you pay close attention...
Showing that GO AS DEATH is composed with detail in mind. Slight changes come almost without notice Growing harsher and greater with each miserable moment. "The Shadowgate (Parts I & II)" begins with murky horror atmospherics complete with distorted samples of female screams and then fades into pure Death Ambient. Lo-Fi atmospheres and muffled percussive elements. Again I am reminded of TREPANERINGSRITUALEN as well as early BRIGHTER DEATH NOW. Writhing spirits reach out with agonized cries. It sounds like you've entered a pitch black realm where nightmares are bred and unleashed. Hell to some...Home to others. Whether this is clinical madness or an exploration in the darker regions of the mind is for the listener to decide. If you are a fan of ISOLATOR, DEATHSTENCH, FUNERARY CALL, ADERLATING or anything else along those lines then this is a must have. Swirling spirits and desolate soundscapes to drown in. Part II of the piece comes in with the same treated and molested screams that opened the track...This time looped along with Industrial clatter and lo-fi noise under a humming tone that stretches out over the rest. Samples confront and provoke asking "Who the fuck do you think you are?" and with that, We end our journey.

DEFINITELY A PROJECT I AM GOING TO BE FOLLOWING FOR A LONG TIME TO COME:
8.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

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