Tuesday, January 31, 2017

REVIEW - ZOLOFT EVRA - MURDER CHAMBER - CD

ZOLOFT EVRA - MURDER CHAMBER - CD
FROZEN LIGHT/FZL047
BLACKENED AMBIENT/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/DRONE DOOM/EXPERIMENTAL NOISE
PRO CD PACKAGED IN A JEWEL CASE WITH 8 PAGE INSERT.
ZOLOFT EVRA IS:

ZC 
(MACELLERIA MOBILE DI MEZZANOTTE/DETOUR DOOM PROJECT/CRONACA NERA) 
- DRONES/SYNTHS

BLACKFROST 
(APOLOKIA/EX-NORDAVIND/EX-NOSTALGYA/EX-IN NOMINE) 
- RITUAL VOICES/LYRICS

COLD 
(NOCTURNAL DEGRADE/SCENT OF SILENCE/DER NOIR)
 - SHARP RAZOR GUITARS/FX


Today we will be diving into the smeared depths of ZOLOFT EVRA. 
A project formed in 2014 by ZC with the intention of creating 
suicidal atmospheres and dark depressive voids to dwell within. 
With the addition of two more members; (Cold/Blackfrost) ZOLOFT 
EVRA (Who's members are located in Rome and Norway.) have created 
a realm that contains the knowledge, Perspective and most importantly, 
The musical skill, Of people who have been around and know how to craft 
dark underground soundscapes. A cold, Obscure and clinical sound centered 
around pure negativity. ZOLOFT EVRA explore and embrace subjects such as: 
Sadism (Human cruelty in general,) Drug abuse, Death cults, Perverse and 
murderous activities, Etc.) In 2015, Naked Lunch Records released ZOLOFT 
EVRA's debut album: "Negative Infliction Pleasure" as a six panel digipack 
limited to 500 copies which was followed by a pro cassette re-issue of the 
same album through Signora Ward Records which gave fans and collectors the 
option of owning it on another format, although at ninety nine copies it was 
a much more limited run. Next we were offered a split cassette with DJINN released 
via Swiss label: Luce Sia. The split was titled: "Self Destructive Comfort" and was 
issued in a run of sixty hand-numbered copies. Finally the world got another full 
length dose of pure audio misery when Russian label: Frozen Light, Released "Murder 
Chamber" in November, 2016. A few compilation tracks saw light in between longer releases 
but it wasn't until "Murder Chamber" that I got to really dive into ZOLOFT EVRA's stunning 
sound, Which they refer to as:"Negative Drone Ambient." I'd say that's my kind of party.

I.) RAZORS DEEPTHROAT:
(FEATURING ADDITIONAL DRONES BY CORY ROWELL OF "DEMONOLOGISTS"
AND VOCALS BY CAITLIN DITURO)
We get off to a very strong start with album opener "Razors Deepthroat."
To make things even better the track features additional drones by Cory
Rowell of DEMONOLOGISTS (Who I've long been a fan of) and excellent female
vocals by a woman by the name of Caitlin Dituro...Although her name is not
familiar to me, I will say that ZOLOFT EVRA seem to have a pretty good idea 
of who they'd have the most success collaborating with as is apparent here. 
Abandoned industrial complex ambient sweeps in. Spiraling electronic textures
settle like dust as subteranean drones pool and move in slow waves. This is
music that carries strong feelings of isolation, Hostility, And negativity in
general. Cold, Sinister and murderous. The drones begin to move like quiet dark
water as winds pick up and barriers swell...This creates unsettling sub-bass
vibrations that pull us into harsher and more caustic territory. A clinical machine
hum is heard vibrating in warm radiance and resonance. Creaking metallic scraping
sounds follow...These sound like a large rusted hoist of some sort struggling against
the weight of it's cargo and it's own failing screws and bolts. Frighteningly spectral
Dark Ambient soundscapes are also present among the wreckage. The sonic combination of
sounds representing so much depression and negativity can be sensory overload if not
constructed carefully, Luckily ZOLOFT EVRA have control over their deliberately crafted 
chaos. Painfully stretched drones, Foggy ambient walls, Wailing slowed down choirs ,Choked
sounds that mimic inhuman growls and agitated wraiths...There is much trauma to behold. The
vocals are quite buried. Haunting wails and moans that drift through the onslaught of horror
around us. Charred static blasts and resonant bass finish track one.  

II.) MURDER CHAMBER:
Title track "Murder Chamber" starts with cold synth ambient. Lo-fi tones that hum
and linger. Melancholic and meditative. Whispered vocals come as hissed chants that
add an occult/ritualistic feel to the piece. Static winds hiss like extended steam
bursts as melodic feedback rises. Soon after we are hit with churning Drone/Doom riffs.
A vortex forms. Phaser effects on guitar experimentation that makes a blistering rift
of sound. The vocals seem to become more malevolent as time goes on. Delivering incantations
against a brooding Death Ambient storm. Mournful melodies are hidden within the static that
add a blood-stained and anguished passion to ZOLOFT EVRA's sound. Dense and heavy in all the
right ways.

III.) KROKODIL DEATH RIDE:
Our next death ride comes as a plodding funeral march along windswept graveyard atmospheres
and ritual devotee chants/moans. Minimal and ceremonial. Obscured/muffled mechanical Death
Industrial elements are heard clattering in the distance, Adding a cinematic purity to this
raw expression of emotional pain and trauma. Great art is often born of suffering. Ringing
waves arise with dreary drones and spoken samples concerning drug abuse. What was once eerie
whispers has become dry throat Black Metal style rasps. Dense kick drums hammer down at the
pace of decay. Incantations in a foreign tongue are heard along with ceremonial grave calls.
Tribal ritualism meets experimental blackness. This has the atmosphere of a forsaken place.
Like a cave where countless ritual slaughters were carried out...A place that reeks of blood
and resin. The pacing is perfect and greatly amplifies the effect music centered around such
themes can have on the listener. Pick your poison and let this one paint your visions black.

IV.) DEADLIFE OBEDIENCE:
(FEATURING VOCALS BY TENEBRA OF "DREARINESS")
This is my personal favorite on the album. Scorched static intro followed by a haunting melodic
haze. Pure depression is channeled into clean electric guitar with beautiful chorus effects. 
Doomy bass/riffs crawl as nostalgic feelings take hold. I haven't heard anyone utilize this
guitar sound/style this well in a primarily Death Industrial song before. The guitars here 
have a sound that sits somewhere between early Trad-Goth/Post-Punk and U.K. Doom/Dark Metal...
Similar to the guitar style heard on KATATONIA's "Discouraged Ones" album from 1998. Anyways,
It's not often that I hear this guitar sound on a modern release...Let alone one outside of 
the usual genres that use that sort of thing. The vocals here are gorgeous and swelling with
emotion. Agonized female operatic notes and manic depressive screams. True torment and sadness.
Death Industrial/Ambient/Noise that takes the D.S.B.M. aesthetic and uses it to paint a portrait
of pain with in gritty clarity and tragic beauty. Moody synths and a darkened ethereal atmosphere
add additional Goth-Rock elements in a way I've simply not really heard before...Not with Death
Industrial at least...Not like this...Kind of like early DIAMANDA GALAS meets XASTHUR with hints of DEATHSTENCH for good measure. Music for rainy days and attempted suicides.

V.) COLD HYPNOTIC BLOODBATH:
Anytime a track title or song description features the words "Cold" or "Hypnotic" it peaks my 
curiosity pretty instantly...Curiosity killed the cat and it sounds like I've just stepped 
beyond the veil into a realm of death as well...Seven minutes in the land of the breathless.
This is total death indulgence. Deep rich ambiance, Shifting distant landslides and steaming
fissures, Surreal glassy tones and vibrations...Whispered calls beckon the listener to go
further and further into ZOLOFT EVRA's spiraling dimension of shadows and daggers. Reversed
tribal drum patterns, Corroded static textures, Humming bass drone resonance...Dark and spiritual
material that weaves like fog or smoke. A fractured form manifesting within an immeasurable void.
Waste and ash as tools of sonic expression. A tranquil outro sinks in it's talons and lulls us
with it's poison bite...We drift into the closer. 

VI.) THE SCREAMING WALL:
We end it all kicking and screaming as "The Screaming Wall" arrives before us. Phased out 
otherworldly atmospheres are conjured forth. Cascading static and ambiance blend into a hazy
current that slowly collects and spirals. The phasers add additional movement and the sense
of a pace as reversed patterns flicker by and pulsing sub-bass drones help to carry things
forward into abyssal nothingness. We shift into another movement where a swell of crushing 
emotive synth strings are heard playing a deep and mournful arrangement as harsh winter storms 
blow in as powerful static gusts. Feelings that come with isolation, Loneliness, Depression and
other mental disorders are quite difficult to properly/effectively express in music. ZOLOFT EVRA 
is one of the rare acts that make it seem easy. Ringing lead notes hang in the air like clinging
ghosts as harsh tidal/winter atmospheres complete their stay. Solid ending

ZOLOFT EVRA HAVE THE IMPRESSIVE ABILITY TO CRAFT MUSIC CENTERED AROUND REAL LIFE DARKNESS THAT FEW POSSESS. MURDER CHAMBER IS A TRULY GRIPPING 
RELEASES:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

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