Friday, March 10, 2017

REVIEW - GOPOTA - MUSIC FOR PRIMITIVE - CASSETTE

GOPOTA - MUSIC FOR PRIMITIVE - CASSETTE
LUCE SIA/LS024
DEATH INDUSTRIAL/HARSH NOISE/HARSH AMBIENT
BLACK CASSETTE WITH STICKER LABELS,
COMES IN PLASTIC CASE WITH J-CARD INSERT.
GOPOTA IS:
AA & EVP

I.) INTRO / II.) MEANINGLESS / III.) SUMMA LITURGICA /
IV.) ATTITUDE / V.) EMPTY EYE:


SIDE A:
GOPOTA is an Italo-Russian project that crafts caustic sonic
atrocities and uneasy listening atmospheres like nobody's 
business. Today we'll be exploring their release "Music For
Primitive" which was released via the Swiss label Luce Sia,
Who have a solid back catalog of great releases. 

Side A opens with an intro piece that sounds as bleak and grim as 
the albums gritty, Xeroxed cover art. Dreary Industrial ambiance builds 
as a foggy drift. Trumpets sound as if signaling Armageddon. Stirring
synth strings add an eerie ambient element that sounds like something
that could have easily have worked as a soundtrack to a Wes Craven,
Clive Barker, Or Tom Savini film. "Meaningless" Arrives next on smothering 
static wings. Lo-fi windswept Harsh Noise textures are heard along with dense
Industrial pummeling in the form a slow steady kick-drum thump. The vocals
here are delivered as miserable moans that add an uninhabitable air of 
wretchedness and long-suffering. Live-wire lashes of electric energy whip 
out in buzzing strikes. Slamming Death Industrial percussion's come via the 
sounds of heavy machinery pounding and releasing clouds of skin blistering 
steam...Streams of Harsh Noise flow below as all begins to sound like a slow 
cruise down the river Styx. Each whip lash another's torment, Each woeful 
moan another's Hell. And that's what this sounds like; Field recordings from 
an observer in a Hell like the one depicted in Dante's "Inferno" Segment of 
his classic poetic trilogy. Feedback is used sparsely and lightly adding an 
unsettling chill. Deep bass vibrations rise from cracks below or beyond. 
The way GOPOTA captures despondent feelings is quite remarkable and reminds 
me of artists like TREPANERINGSRITUALEN, BRIGHTER DEATH NOW, And others in 
those areas of aural disturbance. Funeral paced despair, Decay, Emptiness, 
And utter grief on one convenient cassette. "Summa Liturgica" starts with 
the spiritual chants of monks. Blissed out within their own minds. Cold 
waves of static slowly creep in like a hunting morning tide. The chants 
reach peaks of divine beauty as Harsh Noise textures ebb and flow. Drones 
church beneath as lightning gathers in crackling electricity and humming 
fury. Blurred ambient movements create shimmering pools as vocals morph, 
Exploring new tones and depths. Whistling noises add a cool nocturnal vibe 
as things twist into a slightly more ambient direction. A haze of voices 
coupled with spiraling ambient dust-devils spill out over an obscured 
backdrop of echoing drums accompanied by gorgeous female choir vocals. 
Distant, Distorted Blackened shrieks/rasps are heard...Like someone who's 
lost within the slowly droning tempest having a mental breakdown...Alone 
with their own insanity...Things begin to drop into a slow spiral that sounds 
like a heavy mix of harsh anxiety and drugged out mental oblivion. The compo-
sition's depth here is engaging and all is very well arranged. GOPOTA are 
talented individuals within the genre and I hope many of our readers check 
them out soon.

SIDE B:
On the back end of the cassette we start with "Attitude" which blows in as gentle
Dark Ambient filled with shifting sounds in cyclic movements. Calm and warm tones
glide and blend with colder clinical Industrial aspects. Breathy sounds and humming
drones collide in slow motion as glassy organ-like melodies are played softly from
somewhere within the haze. Sub-bass vibrations rattle and quake as additional Noise/
Experimental sounds float overhead. It sounds like this was recorded in a cathedral
in a misty ancient place. The quiet melodic arrangements featured here blend in well,
Rather than contrast the murky, Swamp-like ambiance of the piece...Again showing off
GOPOTA's composition skills. This is music that will lull you off into a drifting,
Dreamy state. Transcendent work that fills the minds eye with vibrant rushes and
frightening imagery. A marriage of brooding darkness and frail beauty. The sounds
collected here (On this track and the others) explore a variety of emotional realms.
Primal fears and brittle dreams, Nostalgic images and horrid nightmares. GOPOTA has
a lot to offer despite their fairly minimal nature. Lush and crystalline synth notes 
combine with deeper synth pulses and distant percussion's to end the track. "Empty Eye" 
closes the album, Taking us into dense, Slightly distorted drones that feel like they've
climbed out of primordial depths. Harsh walls roar softly in the distance as curious
ambient measures expand and explore. Claustrophobic atmospheres are created along with
feelings of tension and frustration within the music. Being immersed in this feels like 
stepping into an ancient temple containing vast metaphysical knowledge. Arcane secrets
buried within washed-Out wastes among long forgotten and partially fallen stones...But
like all great works of art...It's more or less open to interpretation. Various vocal
chants blend and form a hanging cloud. A deeply pulsating drum rhythm is looped. It
warps and changes as mysterious spiritual vibes energize the air. Cacophonous Industrial
clatter suddenly falls upon us and then vanishes into another extended ambient segment
that eventually builds and grows slightly harsher and quite a few degrees darker. There
are melancholic moments that really dig their emotionally draining talons in you if you
let them. We end in this territory where we hear this as well as metallic scrapes, Object/
Junk abuse, Static/Distortion and pulsing bass frequencies. Quite a journey.

PACK WHATEVER SUPPLIES YOU MAY NEED. GOPOTA'S "MUSIC FOR PRIMITIVE"
WILL TAKE YOU INTO ABRASIVE WASTELANDS OF EMPTINESS, DREAD, FLEETING 
BEAUTY AND VOID WANDERING:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

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