Wednesday, March 30, 2016

REVIEW - SLUICE ROOM - ANTINATALIST VARIATIONS - CD

SLUICE ROOM - ANTINATALIST VARIATIONS - CD
SINK SLOP PROCESSING/SSLOP-002
HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS/EXPERIMENTAL NOISE
COMES IN A FOUR PANEL DIGI-PACK WITH BRAIL
INSERT.


I.) HERE'S WHAT I THINK OF YOUR GIFT (PARENTAL HOMICIDE):
This will be the second SLUICE ROOM review I've done. The
first being a mini-cdr featuring two tracks showcasing their
particular brand of longform dense atmospheres. With "Antinatalist
Variations" we have twice as much to drown in. "Here's What I Think
Of Your Gift" takes us into a seven minute sprawl where we experience
a barrage of corrosive static in an extremely lo-fi and hazy onslaught
of sounds and textures that swirl together into an agonizing, Spiraling
vortex. The tones go from almost piercing to oddly soothing as low end
bass drones flow encased in a warm distortion that adds a radiant hum.
Chaotic atmospheres storm over controlled atmospheres adding a strange
and inticing duality to the piece. Scraping and scratching elements
wreak havoc as the drones slowly fade within their frenzy. This ranges
from somewhat minimal to busy but usually stays within one mode for an
extended time frame. The frantic whipping sounds add a sense that a 
traumatic and violent event is in progress...Perhaps the homicide 
mentioned in the title as it plays out in a series of aural slashes,
cuts and stabbings. The closing Passage of the track take us into more 
ominous territory as murky drones glide through a sea of jagged electronic
noises with a glitchy, Digital quality to them.

II.) SECRET EXIT PATH:
Now that the deed has been done we enter into "Secret Exit Path" which
takes us into a strange realm that expands like a surreal nightmare.
Myriad creatures communicate in digital chirps and otherworldy grunts
and moans. There is an odd repitition that pushes us forward into what
sounds like some mechanism of death rolling carelessly into the room
equipped with numourous serrated blades and rusted utensils of harm
and destruction. Steamy bursts form patterns and loop under a loud
assault of dense clawing noise. At around ten and a half minutes, 
This is quite the ordeal to endure. Harmonic high end notes come
surging through the air cloaked in phaser effects pushed to their
limits. Overall this is really raw and abrassive stuff. Probably
not the best thing for someone new to noise as I am sure it would
be a sensory overload if not an all out mindfuck to the uninitiated.
After a while it begins to lull the listener into a state like that
of daydreaming...Or at least it will for someone acustom to this form
of music. It can come across as a blur of nonsense if you're not paying
attention but the sounds and patterns are rewarding when listened to
with a careful ear. 

III.) THE FORCED MEAT GOOSE STEP:
I won't even to attempt to try and get into the title of this one as
I have no clue what they are trying to say here but sonically it is
a blast of pure face melting sound. Long stretched atmospheres roll
in as a static wall of sound. Not HNW type of stuff but rather a mass
of textures blended to create a field of sound as harsh as mixed chemicals
and volitile substances joined together as one. Screaming strands of piercing
noise ring out for quite some time before fading and restarting the process.
Electric energy courses throughout and creates hidden rhythms as what sounds like
amplified recordings of carrion insects stripping a dry husk of a carcass are heard
crunching loudly from a near distance. Windswept movements create tiny dust storms
and give the track a "stranded in a desert wasteland" type of vibe. Powerful pulses
come through chorus/phaser effects and give this suspenseful 1980's type of sound as
well as the sense that disaster is coming soon and we should run for cover. This is
both the longest and probably the most punishing track on the album. Again this is
definitely not the type of project that is likely to serve as a gateway into the
genre for a newcomer. Towards the end everything is an ultra dense mass that eventually
winds down into silence.

IV.) CLOISTRAL CONVALESCENCE:
"Cloistral Concalescence" seems to pick up right where the last track left off.
Brutally abrasive material that is filled with the sounds of moaning motors and
mechanical monsters. Some of the tones present sound like worn out dirt bikes
being pushed as far as possible before they collapse into dust. This album has
a very Post-Apocalyptic, "Stranded in nowhere and trying to survive" sort of
vibe to it as the atmospheres invoked here are hostile and treacherous with 
very few moments of relief. The Harsh Noise equivalent of every element being
against you at once until it eventually ends in madness, Exhaustion, Or starvation.
Grueling is the best word that comes to mind to sum this release up. This final track
seems even more claustrophibic somehow...Or maybe it's just all finally starting to
get to me...Either way this is extremely oppressive and punishing stuff that would
be endured rather than enjoyed for most. It's about at blown out and lo-fi as it
gets and that's saying something in this genre. Rumbling bass quakes split the
ground as hollow winds ring endlessly. It sounds like you are in the center of
a place that is toppling in on itself until all is leveled and left in ruin...
The ruin crushed into dust and the dust compressed into nothingness. Heavy waves
of electric energy rip through and resonate like chants from the abyss. This could
very well be the soundtrack to the undoing of all creation. 

NOT AN EASY LISTEN BY ANY MEANS, BUT A PRETTY SOLID HARSH/EXPERIMENTAL
NOISE ALBUM FROM START TO FINISH:

7/10
-ABATTOIR-

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