Sunday, September 11, 2016

REVIEW - TVLPA - MOUNTAIN OF THE OPPOSER - CD

TVLPA - MOUNTAIN OF THE OPPOSER - CD
MALIGNANT RECORDS/TUMORCD95
EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS/DRONE/RITUAL AMBIENT/
DEATH INDUSTRIAL/POWER ELECTRONICS
PRO CD IN A SIX PANEL DIGIPACK.


TVLPA is a shadowy collective that craft their own brand of 
occult themed blackened electronic noise unlike any of their 
contemporaries. Although all of the elements that go into 
successfully creating this type of sound are present, The
method and compositional qualities are all their own. 
Mountain Of The Opposer takes us into nine pitch black
dimensions beyond imagination. Strap in as we descend.

I.) DRAGON MOUND:
We begin our fall into spiritual darkness with "Dragon Mound."
Seething feedback drags us into an obscure recess of metaphysical
energy. Heavy throbbing bass lines rattle unnatural foundations
beneath us. Deep monotone chants devoid of empathy begin invoking
esoteric forces. Electronic energy fields are raised and serve as
shields blocking the influence of anything not devoted to the work
at hand. Industrial scrap metal percussion's shamble and echo in 
the distance as ceremonial chanting grows more intense, Grim and
deadly serious. You can feel the power surging through the track
like a river of occult energy free flowing, But somehow harnessed
and channeled at the same time. Dark Ambient atmospherics are heard
along with howling pedals that seem to emulate the mysterious 
nocturnal activities of wolves and other nightside creatures...
Inhabitants of the grand dragon mound perhaps?...Blackened whispers 
gather haunting on the horizon. Inhuman croaks and rasps soon joining 
as feedback rings, Piercing the air like the final chime of ceremonial 
bells.

II.) KHK-AMDJAR:
Dreary atmospheres filled with murky dirges of distortion. 
Rattling vibrations in heavy strands causing the very air 
to quake. Gongs and bells attempt to join in synchronicity 
but never quite meet one another causing a sort of dis-harmonized
chaotic clatter. These death drones are soon joined by what sounds 
like some mysterious wind instrument I am unable to identify. The 
experience is dense and smothering but one that eerily calls you 
in further until there is no chance of going back. Again we have 
strange whispers...More stretched here as if reciting incantations 
slowly with a master adepts patience. Loud crashes of noise escort 
louder drones into the frame and carefully lay them overhead as if 
in preparation for the climax of the ritual. Whispers become death 
rattles. Charred screams that sound like they fill the air with thick 
ashen clouds. Khk-Amdjar seems to be a place unfit for human habitation.

III.) MOUNTAIN SERMON:
The sermon begins slow. Low tides of cold ambiance. Next we are greeted 
by a warm, Semi-distorted electronic melody. The melodic quality catching 
you off guard. Spoken passages are recited in a solemn tone. This time 
sounding human but not like an ordinary man...Rather one who has spent 
countless years studying and mastering forbidden arts. Hand percussion's 
with similar sound to that of a tambourine add a bit of a tribal feel as 
well as a steady pace to the piece. Each recited word echos like the lingering 
ghost of the moment before. The electric melody is somewhat doomy and could be 
seen as a strange, Inverted take on the traditional church organ often present 
at a large tent revival. Only here salvation lies in decay rather than 
embracing some worm torn doctrine. Cool drafts of stirring ambiance 
gently push us further and forward.

IV.) THE BECOMING I:
With our new found enlightenment, We head into transformation. Otherworldly 
atmospheres rise, Soon punctuated and occupied by TVLPA's signature drones 
that have a sound truly their own. Sliding glass textures and icy gusts fill 
in the empty spaces. Spacey electronics ran through effects create a cosmic, 
Expansive feel. Low words are spoken among phased out whispers. The voice 
repeats a mantra in a tone very similar to Attila's works with SUNN (O))).
We begin to fall. Spiraling down into a cavernous region who's depths are 
immense and lightless. Down here...The mantra continues alongside an 
orchestration of low moaning and wavering electronics. Funeral dirges 
played in windswept chambers far below the earth's surface. A place of 
stillness and pulsing. Worship and reverence. Death and decomposition. 
The energys present here seem to be of a power most couldn't hope to contain. 
Although subdued it is still very evident that TVLPA are experienced when it 
comes to knowing when and where to hone their skills. Here they let it drift 
until it naturally fades out into silence. A heavy hand is not always required. 
A real artist knows the when and where when it comes to texture and atmosphere 
and TVLPA have obviously reached the level of an expert.

V.) KO-PHU:
"Ko-Phu" is driven in by a winding synth arpeggio that twists and 
turns with a serpentine quality. Heavy, But somewhat muffled and 
obscured. Death ambient elements are at play like mischievous spirits 
neath a blood red moon. Deep chants, Whispers, Wraiths and specters are 
also active as ringing feedback, Dense hums and whining electronics 
reaching a miserable demise are heard surging alongside. A short piece 
in comparison to most others but a great addition to the album nonetheless.

VI.) BAUKHA:
With "Baukha" we enter into a sprawling ten minute work of darkness. 
Sea sick rhythms rise and fall, Tendrils of corrosive noise lashing 
out at seemingly random intervals like the tentacles of an agitated
kracken suddenly appearing from swampy depths. From somewhere else
in those murky pools we begin to hear quiet ghostly ambient drifts.
Repetition seems to be key here more so than in previous tracks...
Or at least built upon on a different way. Slower and somehow more
ominous. Highly filtered vocals come through like alien transmissions
from a plane far beyond our own. Spoken in a deep, Wet tongue that you
can almost hear slithering between the speakers teeth. In other words,
It's an approach that keeps in tradition with early Death Industrial
injected into a new creation. Cryptic phrases are recited and repeated
as if attempting to brain wash the listener or perhaps convince them 
of some ancient esoteric truth. Strange electronic signals surge and
scuttle as monolithic mouths moan and exhale miserably in the near
distance. Although I am vaguely reminded of BRIGHTER DEATH NOW,
TREPANERINGSRITUALEN and STEEL HOOK PROSTHESIS with certain 
elements of the track, It really has it's own sound. A very 
unique compilation of sounds. What sort of sounds like the 
cries of a new born child can be heard just as the track ends 
as if signifying some type of metaphysical rebirth.

VII.) DAKA YANTRA:
As "Daka Yantra" opens I am once again somewhat reminded of 
BRIGHTER DEATH NOW but not enough to make this feel like an
unoriginal piece of work. Low moaning distortion, Haunting
wails, Deep toned vocal chants. Sub-melodic textures, Swirling
and echoing whispered passages revealing fragments of arcane
knowledge. A very cryptic and brooding song. One that feels
like energy being cooked or boiled and transferred into some
other, Possibly more powerful form that one could utilize 
towards a darker shade of sorcery. Voices transmitted from
a channel broadcast from the center of a void in time and
space, Beyond life and death or possibly somewhere past or
inbetween. An eerie stillness lays over the entire track
despite obvious movements. A song seemingly crafted from
within the infinite reaches of oblivion.

VIII.) VOID SHAPED MUDRA:
This is another somewhat short one. Here we have synth arpeggios,
Infinite ringing feedback and a room full of whispers and roughly
spoken words similar to what we've heard on previous tracks. The
warm underlying hum has a clinical vibe to it and sounds like the
vacuous motor of some machine you'd find in an outdated hospital,
Sketchy hospice care home or possibly an asylum. This could and
probably is a continuation of a previous track in some way. It
certainly carries similar themes and helps to bridge the album
together before the end. 

IX.) DESCENT AND REBIRTH:
Speaking of continuing themes, The title here says it all.
Total death ambiance. Resonating chimes ring and clang in
a metallic matter. Thick gusts roll in and hang like a heavy
blanket of fog. Shamanistic chants are spoken as unknown ceremonies
are heard taking place from somewhere withing the haze. There is a
very sacred and spiritual essence to this track, More so than on the
others...As if the aural fog itself is containing or concealing the 
answers this has all been leading up to. There are hints of sorrow
and melody present in the vocal chants that are mirrored by fragile
chimes heard. It feels like we've left a pitch black schism in the
earth only to find ourselves just as blind, Lost and disoriented
upon entering the outside world. Like the feeling one gets after
experiencing a very surreal and lucid daydream that lingers with
them long after awakening. Lost while looking in all the wrong
places. The rebirth must come from withing. And TVLPA just took
us into the darkest corners of our own minds. True torchbearers
bringing fourth a new age of spiritual enlightenment.

UNIQUE, STUNNING AND SOMETIMES FRIGHTENING. TVLPA'S TRANSCENDANT 
BODY OF WORK AKA MOUNTAIN OF THE OPPOSER IS ONE OF THOSE RARE 
ALBUMS THAT TRULY TRANSPORTS THE LISTENER INTO ANOTHER WORLD. 

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.malignantrecords.com

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