EN NIHIL/PROCESSION OF THE BLACK MOTH-MASK OF THE PREDATOR FLESH OF THE PREY-SPLIT-CASSETTE
WHISPERING EYE RECORDINGS-WE07
HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/BLACK AMBIENT
COMES IN A PLASTIC CASE WITH J-CARD INSERT.
ON A BLACK CASSETTE WITH LOGOS PRINTED ON THE TAPE.
SIDE A.) EN NIHIL:
I.) THE DEATH COLLECTOR / II.) BONE TROPHIES /
III.) AND TIME WILL CRUMBLE WITH THEIR BODIES /
IV.) MASK OF THE PREDATOR FLESH OF THE PREY:
SIDE B.) PROCESSION OF THE BLACK SLOTH:
V.) UNEXPECTED DEMISE / VI.) TAKE THE POWER /
VII.) UNDER THE FLOOR / VIII.) THE ONLY WAY /
En Nihil/Procession of the Black Sloth split Mask of the Predator, Flesh of the Prey gives off a very strong, horrifying vibe. Both artists have some rather chilling tracks on this split but what really drew in my attention was the Black Sloth side. Each track sounded like an old 2000's killing spree waiting to happen. Though En Nihil’s side was both ominous and angry in its own right, I felt that the shining parts of it was the fact it was quite reserved in a sense until the third track.
First off, let’s start with the En Nihil side. This side features some pretty gruesome and grimy ambient stuff. Listening to the first track, you get the sense that you’re in for a more harsh yet spooky style of darker shade of ambiance. The second En Nihil track titled “Bone trophies” is some really ear shattering and spine tingling stuff. This track features some intense static and shrieking drones that paint the mental image of running through the forest from some unseen force. Third and fourth tracks are my favorite because they are the harshiest noise; no I am not thinking about Nurse With Wound. The third track titled “And Time Will Crumble Their Bodies” displays is an eleven-minute symphony of low drones that evolve into a rhythmic, bleak noise. The greatest masterpiece from the En Nihil A-side is the 4 track because of the amount of grittiness and anger the track conveys. Listening to it full-blast is a must for that ear-crushing, grimy, disgusting sound of static. The amount of feedback going into this track is simply one for the ages because it sounded like Whitehouse did a fusion with Deathpile and dialed it up two notches.
Now let’s start off with the five track Procession of the Black Sloth’s side. This side of the split truly caught my attention because the amount of explicit, gore filled mental images each track can engrave into one’s mind. The first track has the strongest opening; the piercing, tormented screams of agony and horrid samples from God knows where is unnerving. To me, I have never felt such ecstasy throughout the violent track. The second track “Take the Power” starts off as a dark ambient track but evolves into a horrific power electronic masterpiece. It starts off with nothing but fear and anticipation of what wretched story comes next and then comes the distorted vocals that sends shivers down my spine at the 3:45 mark. The third track starts off with the standard loops and clanging of who knows what tools for destruction and distant distorted vocals in the background. “The Only Way” is a beautiful transitional dark ambient/noise piece that is just dense atmospheric noise until around the 3-minute mark; furthermore, it is more of a experimental song you could say. Some underlying harmonious undertones can be find somewhere in this track like a needle in the haystack. Now “Discarded…Forgotten” returns to the traditional death industrial style with atmospheric wails of both suffering and distortion of unrecognizable speech. Sounds like it should be featured on a new age Grindhouse film. Though it was rather short, the dark sounds are etched into my mind.
So in conclusion, if you are a fan of the darker p.e. sound, then you should give this split a listen. Both fans of En Nihil and Procession of the Black Sloth will be satisfied immensely. I thought this split was a masterpiece and definitely needs to be on repeat for the days to come when I’m a blood-thirsty, chaotic mood. WARNING: May cause you to experience some spacing out and crazy ass thoughts but hey that’s just fine.