Monday, March 7, 2016

REVIEW - ADERLATING - HELL FOLLOWS - CD

ADERLATING - HELL FOLLOWS - CD
MALIGNANT/BLACK PLAGVE - INFECT16
BLACKENED NOISE/DARK AMBIENT/POWER ELECTRONICS/DEATH INDUSTRIAL
COMES IN A FOUR PANEL BLACK DIGI-PACK WITH
ART AND TEXT PRINTED IN SILVER.
ADERLATING IS:
MAURICE (GNAW THEIR TONGUES/CLOAK OF ALTERING/DE MAGIA
VETERUM/IT ONLY GETS WORSE/OPHIUCHUS/PYRIPHLEGETHON/
SEIROM/ETC)
ERIC (MOWLAWNER)


I.) BLACK HEAVEN:
ADERLATING is one of the many long running side projects 
of the mastermind behind GNAW THEIR TONGUES accompanied by 
the man behind the project MOWLAWNER. Both have an impressive 
trail of releases behind them that show off their stunning 
skills of composing utterly bleak and blackened soundscapes. 
With "Hell Follows" each track pulls from the pool of darkness 
they have created in the past and offers up a unique and razor 
sharp listening experience. This is a great place to start for 
anyone new to the project as it showcases much of what they are 
best at. Although the release does feel a bit scattered, Overall 
it is a solid album. "Black Heaven" opens the path to the underworld 
and serves as an introduction piece to the record, Taking us into
resonating bass synth, Haunting atmospherics featuring low wailing
winds, Ghastly textures and brooding melodies. Pure horror ambiance
with a bit of a 1970's Italian Horror score flair. Lead notes float
like wandering wraiths through wet effects. Spoken samples add to
the whole Horror score vibe as chilling omens are spoken in a grim
manner. These echo and take us into "Golden Streams."

II.) GOLDEN STREAMS:
Industrial percussion's slowly come under waves of thick synth ambiance
as experimental signals wander aimlessly through the air. Heavy and oppressive
atmospheres weigh us down as deep and clean operatic vocals sing a melancholic
lament. It sort of sounds like an Industrial version of URFAUST with stronger 
production. Slightly reminiscent of NDE as well at times. The percussive elements
have a very professional and cinematic quality to them as does the rest of the piece.
Things eventually wind down into a stunningly beautiful segment of cascading dark
ambiance. Lush but full of sorrow. Extremely emotive and moving music that reminds
me of LEVIATHAN/LURKER OF CHALICE during the most heart wrenching of moments. Truly
beautiful and captivating work on a grand scale. Hollow choirs sing as a waterfall
of crystalline tones rushes towards the cold emptiness bellow. Words simply don't
do this justice. By far one of the strongest tracks ADERLATING has done so far.

III.) FROM THE MOUTH OF GODS:
This one starts up with more of a Power Electronics vibe. Humming/buzzing drones
phase in and out under loose electronics. Blackened, But almost spoken vocals come
through some truly unique distortion effects and sound like a transmission being 
sent through a Post-Apocalyptic wasteland...Reaching nobody but carrion and cadavers.
Beeping pulses accompany the grim speech as static textures and stalling engines form
a platform on which to deliver inverted sermons. Distant ambient coldness comes and goes
as ADERLATING become bolder with their experimentation. Sampled gasps and death rattles
are heard as the tone in the vocals becomes a desperate plea. Harsh waves create a corroded
symphony of electric sickness. Oscilating sub-bass movements course through treacherous fields
of jagged distortion as high end pulses strike in needle pricks of audio agony. Dangerous stuff.
A sonic hazard zone. 

IV.) CHOIR OF SICK CHILDREN:
"Choir Of Sick Children" builds on uneasy ambiance and the fevered howls, moans and wails
of the sick forced through diseases effects. A choir of agony. The sounds of mutltiple slow
and painful deaths over empty isolationist ambient. A myriad of crying and screaming children
breaks out. Their mothers pant and cry in anguish as countless black spirits flock to their
bedsides. There is a slight STEEL HOOK PROSTHESIS style slant to this one...Or at least it
can be compared to their quieter and more disturbing soundscapes. Operatic vocals come like
messengers and escorts of death to usher a massive influx of dead children unto the shores
of the other side. Windswept textures enhance the chill in the air as muffled bass tones and
strange swarming noises signal the time of death. 

V.) CURSE:
"Curse" arrives on distorted Industrial rhythms that remind me of a lot of 
TREPANERINGSRITUALEN's work. The vocals too utilize similar effects, But not 
to the point of sounding like a clone. This is still obviously ADERLATING but
quite a departure from their usual style. Low hums and rumbling sounds are
heard along with choked textures and obscured samples. The vocals are spoken
in misery and restlessness. Secondary rhythms and then some are employed as
bells ring and the vocals become more frantic and chaotic. Horrid moans and
inhuman bellows fill the air as all becomes a cacophonous mass of suffering
and writhing madness. A very interesting direction to hear ADERLATING go in.

VI.) ALWAYS BURNING:
Muffled rhythms glitch and reform. Clean chants surround as a croaking voice
that sounds like the sinister creaking of a fresh noose upon a splintered gallow
pole arrives and sends chills deep into your bones. How a human being can sound 
like such an inhuman entity is beyond me. Rumbling rivers of bass and filth flow 
and quake beneath as delayed/reverbed atmospheres form like cold fog on a dead 
winter night. The vocals are layered and start to sound like a coven of witches 
and warlocks meeting in secret to cast black spells and bitter curses. This is not 
the type of music an average person would listen to. I am sure this would scare 
the living shit out of most people to be honest. Dark, Minimal and absolutely 
terrifying. 

VII.) HELL FOLLOWS:
Title track "Hell Follows" begins with some of the most uncomfortable ambiance I've
ever heard. The tones utilized are disturbing and cause one to feel like they are 
being monitored by invisible and unwelcome guests. The vocals are sickening, low
croaks that sound like one possessed by the most malevolent of spirits. It just
feels like this track was designed to summon and conjure unnamed things that only
wish to cause you harm. Music that feeds on the listener, Wears down their sanity
and shatters their comfort. Distant operatic voices come in cold ghostly segments.
Downtuned, Distorted daemonic voices gather and come through multiple filters.
Charred percussive elements form ashen rhythms as smoke of burning flesh and
incense forms a vortex around you to strip away any ease or peace you may have
had. Free-form kit-drums play an improv style jam adding to the chaotic whirlwind
around you. This is probably the most intense track on the album. One that starts
slow and eerie and builds into a momentous beast of blackness. 

VIII.) THE HOWLING PYRIPHLEGETHON BELOW:
"PYRIPHLEGETHON" is the name of one of Maurice's other projects as well
a river of fire in Greek mythology that runs parallel to the infamous
river Styx. The Pyriphlegethon (fire-flaming) More often called the 
Phlegethon which means flaming, Is one of the five rivers in the infernal 
regions of the underworld, along with the rivers Styx, Lethe, Cocytus, 
and Acheron. Plato describes it as "A stream of fire, which coils round 
the earth and flows into the depths of Tartarus." So if the track title
is any indication of what we are in for...I think it's safe to say it
will be Hell. Unsettling and wavering synth signals are sent out over
thick sub-bass streams as dark sulfurous ambiance gathers. Ritual bells
chime as we receive visions of boiling blood and brimstone. Vocal chants
fill the air with cryptic and hidden messages...Hovering above like smoke
from incense. The track is tense and comes with an urgent sense of impending
misfortune. Strong powers channeled through a veil electronic witchery. The
underlying drones are immense and add many circles of depth. Towards the end
things wind down and become quieter and much more still. Ritual percussive elements
add even more of an occult tinge as we descend further and further until all falls 
into deathlike silence.

IX.) THE SILVER DOMAIN:
"The Silver Domain" is similar to "Golden Streams" and is another favorite
of mine on the record. Calm storms of billowing density roar under multiple
synth vocal choirs. Fragile crystal chimes glisten and vibrate as mid-tempo
electronic drums plod on as if on a slow trek in shame and exile. Spoken
samples glide over rich synth strings. Violins add warm and mournful tones
that amplify the emotions added by the spoken passages. Epic and poetic
sorrow and beauty in passionate but careful intercourse as one. Again this
is very different in comparison to most of ADERLATING's earlier output.
There are elements that add a Shoegaze type of quality to the track, Especially
at the end. It's sort of an abrupt ending that leaves you feeling empty and yearning
for something more...Hell Follows is a strange journey, But one worth taking.

THIS ALBUM SOMEHOW MANAGES TO COME ACROSS AS SCATTERED FRAGMENTS AND A COHESIVE
VISION ALL AT ONCE. DARKNESS, SORROW, BEAUTY AND ANXIETY BLEND TO BRING YOU A
TERRIFYING AND CAPTIVATING LISTENING EXPERIENCE:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.malignantrecords.com

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