Thursday, January 5, 2017

REVIEW - LARVA MONSTROSUM - ALIENATUM DIABOLICUM - CD

LARVA MONSTROSUM - ALIENATUM DIABOLICUM - CD
BIG PHARMA RECORDS/BPR106
BLACKENED NOISE/DARK AMBIENT/DRONE DOOM/HARSH NOISE
PRO CDR IN A JEWEL CASE WITH INSERT.


I.) VOLCANIC WINTER:
LARVA MONSTROSUM, As the project's name and cover art suggests, 
Is a Blackened/Occult Ritual Ambient project with elements of
Drone Doom, Harsh Noise, Etc...Alien soundscapes and gloomy 
static ceremonies. This release is a true gem of the underground. A great 
example of the types of darkness you can find lurking on the 
fringes between genres. "Volcanic Winter" opens with thick
winter ambient and sampled dialogue from a horror film concerning
the fear of being alone and what may dwell in the shadows. Crackling
fires roar and spectral choir synths form breathing walls of agonized
atmosphere. Windswept textures trail behind sweeping synths that come
in sudden gusts. LARVA MONSTROSUM have a True Death Ambient sound that
is hard to compete with. It's minimal but so simply dark that it will
absorb you. The sounds of dismal cavernous voids swallowing you alive.
A horrific, Fevered vision of absolute decay in torturous slow motion.

II.) THERIOMORPHIC SHAMANISM:
"Theriomorphic Shamanish" comes on a steady low end metallic 
industrial thud. Dreary synth drones creep in and deep moaning
vocals with mournful and melancholic tones are heard along with
charred blackened rasps wrapped in crisp distortion. The heavy
booming percussion's pick up in tempo as wavering drones and
buzzing harmonics mingle as if in the ecstasy of ceremonial 
dance. Down tuned daemonic vocalizations are heard like a pit
filled with growling abominations yearning in diabolical hunger.
LARVA MONSTROSUM have opened the very gates of Hell and the horrors
spilling fourth sound immaculate.

III.) RED BONES UPON BLACK ASHES:
Swirling atmospheres cycle and sweep by one another, Leaving 
a resonating metallic ring in trails behind. Deep woeful vocals
are heard over pendulum blade rhythms and distant Industrial clatter.
At times this sounds like total BRIGHTER DEATH NOW worship, Which in
many cases (This one included) Is a good thing. Spectral voices, Ghostly
whispers, Creaking growls...All of this weaving in and out of a paranormal
haze. Anxiety nightmare music. The sounds mixed here blend to create something
truly eerie. Music with the ambiance of walking alone on a foggy day somewhere
far away from people...The sounds one hears or "imagines" hearing when left to
their own thoughts for too long. In red bones and black ashes...Something stirs.

IV.) PYTHON WORSHIP:
Again we are in a ritualistic fog. This time it sounds like we've conjured
some intimidating entities. Daemonic hisses, Grunts, Growls and more in what
sounds like the awakening of Lovecraftian deities or Hellish principalities.
Serpentine Gods and Goddesses whisper cryptic phrases in otherworldly voices.
Reverb and delay are added for cavernous atmospheres. Playful voices echo and
vanish like fading memories of times long past. The growls of the pit become
more and more restless. Choirs of moaning wraiths create a drifting backdrop
to accompany the rise of malevolent forces. Resonant ambient tides turn into
blaring synth drifts that hover overhead as churning rivers begin to pool
below. At times sounding like trumpets signaling the arrival of apocalyptic
warfare on a medieval biblical scale.

V.) FALSE GODS TO THE CAVE LIONS:
"False Gods" picks up right where "Python Worship" left off. Obscured
Dungeon Synth with crackling and decayed blackened vocals in multiple
voices in tones ranging from deranged croaks to deep death rasps. The
ambient drone beneath seems to collect and fester with esoteric energy.
The easiest way I could describe this sound is imagine an early SATYRICON
intro or interlude and combine that with very early CURRENT 93. Monk choir
vocal chants are featured adding a spiritual, Metaphysical and meditative
quality to the track. The main Black Metal styled vocals in the piece are
of the total fvkking nekro variety and tend to sound like a crazed, Animalistic,
Primitive shaman casting spells of necromantic sorcery. The drones are dense 
and very murky. A river of filth to carry Black Magik prayers to Gods of dark
desires.

VI.) AURIGNACIAN BURIAL RITUAL:
Another ritual. This time one concerning only death. Scraping metallic
objects that sound like giant industrial sized pipes are heard dragging
across one another. Water begins to pour in and we hear it collect in
a pool in the near distance. Monotone vocal chants are heard. Recited
calmly with an air of mystique and mystery. Additional cryptic chants
are heard slowed down along with this. Deep ritualistic bells ring as
slow cinematic synth ambient and strange machine-like whirs are heard.
The bell tolls as last rites are spoken in solemn emptiness. Cold winds
blow and the electricity of paranormal energy is heard and felt gathering.
Something rattles and keeps rattling in fragmented intervals. Synth saws
slice fresh wounds to feast on warm fluids...Like blades of raw occult
power cutting through to the psyche. Slicing open third eyes. Static
textures and disorienting daymare ambiance meets drifting sub-bass
currents and Experimental Noise elements that are presented in a
slow, But frantic struggle...As if battling for their existence.
This fades into airy vacuous atmospheres and windswept haze.
Strange crawling music for shadowy abandoned places. 

VII.) NOT HUMANLY POSSIBLE:
At a little over seventeen minutes "Not Humanly Possible" is quite 
a lengthy closer. When it starts you'll probably get startled and
feel stupid...Especially if you've been listening to the album since
the start. LOUD Harsh Noise. Pure and raw. And did I say LOUD!? This
one comes out of nowhere and knocks your teeth in. Caustic, Blown out,
Grinding, Screeching, Squealing, Pissed off, Frustrated, Harsh Fucking
Noise. It sounds like a fucking murder tape ran through massive distortion
and weird effects. Wet electronic sounds and electrical screams of total
agony, Torture, Torment and suffering. The audio equivalent of what a 
really bad migraine headache feels like. People with normal social lives
don't often listen to shit like this...Not that I'm one of them, Just saying...
There are some pretty sick loops and rhythms buried in here that you'll find
if you're paying attention. Constant static and insane live wire electronics.
This sounds like a machine subjected to the most painful treatment you could
imagine (If the fucker could feel that is) on an absolute rampage. A diabolical
world ending weapon set to all out destruction and fired off in your direction.
Manic vocal freak outs and nerve shredding Harsh Noise at the end to top it all off.

AT SEVEN TRACKS AND ALMOST AN HOUR OF OTHERWORLDLY
DARKNESS AND SMOTHERING HARSH NOISE, LARVA MONSTROSUM 
HAS PUT FOURTH A SOLID DEBUT AND HINTS AT A PROMISING 
FUTURE IN THE UNDERGROUND DEPTHS:

7.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.bigpharmarecords.bandcamp.com

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