Tuesday, January 16, 2018

REVIEW - RAVEN - DOWNFALL OF MODERN MAN - CASSETTE

RAVEN - DOWNFALL OF MODERN MAN - CASSETTE
NAILBAT RECORDS/NBT016
HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS/EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS
WHITE CASSETTE WITH STICKER LABEL. COMES IN A
STANDARD PLASTIC CASE WITH J-CARD INSERT.
RAVEN IS:
DJORDIE MILADINOVIC


SIDE A.)

I.) DOWNFALL OF MODERN MAN:

RAVEN is a Serbian Harsh Noise project helmed by Djordie Miladinovic.
Like many Harsh Noise artists, RAVEN is quite prolific so I must admit
it's a little weird that we haven't covered a RAVEN release yet on this
site, But better late than never right? Downfall Of Modern Man is a more
recent offering released by this great D.I.Y. Noise label Nailbat Tapes.
So here we have harsh topics conveyed by harsher sounds. Two tracks make
up the album and two tracks are all that's needed. "Downfall" starts with
the title track where we fall into a world of grueling mechanical misery.
Distorted static crunches and crushes it's way into the room in grinding
textures. A swirling haze engulfs and expands as air raid/emergency sirens
repeat. The atmosphere is tense. Panic and confusion abounds as writhing
textures restlessly rise to demolish the listener's comfort. Extreme pedal
abuse with no restraint. It sounds like Djordie has cranked his gear to it's
maximum output capacity. The result is like listening to the world completely
collapse around you. Static bursts like white steam from agitated pipes as 
everything is layed to waste from the foundations to the rooftops. Cut-off
filters are forced to send punishing signals throughout the room. RAVEN pulls
no punches and spares nobody. It sounds like the end is here and survival isn't
an option in the slightest. Every sound utilized is oppressive and smothering.
Imagine waking up in the rubble of a collapsed building to realize that you've
only survived the first wave of many more to come. That's what this feels like.
Pure Harsh Noise aggression. Quaking sub-sonic bursts of distortion roar into
the picture and overtake all that preceded. Rhythmic noise mirrors an anxious
pulse as terror grips from the inside. Every moment is one of agonized frustration.
RAVEN picked a theme and executed it like a demolitions expert. Feedback competes
with the rhythm section creating a squealing cacophony that only someone at their
wit's end could conjure. Social commentary has never sounded so precise as this.
Modern society is waste and mankind is doomed if left to the path they've chosen.
RAVEN has brought that doom and then some. Face melting caustic static spray floods
the room like an oil spill. Acid rain atmospheres melt the mind like scalding molten
heat. If you're not used to Harsh Noise music, This will likely wear you down in a
matter of moments. To the initiated, This is home. Rough, Jagged and tough as nails,
Total sonic obliteration. 

SIDE B.)

II.) PATHETIC EXAMPLE OF EARTH'S ORGANIC HERITAGE:

First RAVEN destroyed man, Now he wrecks the Earth. No gimmicks, just grimness.
Once you've dusted yourself off and crawled out of the rubble left behind by the
A side, You can look forward to getting your teeth kicked into the back of your
throat. Static tides rush in and break down all in their path upon contact. Harsh
Noise in rapid movement fires off like the last will and testament of a deranged
broken machine. Landslide textures and manic feedback blend as oscillating synths
and pedals cry out as if pleading for help. It almost sounds like a response to
track one from within the aftermath of the previous devastation. Or perhaps the
very earth begging for mercy as man's machinations dominate and corrupt all that
they can get their cold steel hands on. Squealing signals squirm under the weight
of rolling distortion quakes. Feedback peaks from below as it's buried by more
and more aural debris. The overall composition is pretty similar to the A side,
But with enough of it's own elements to stand on it's own. Basically, Both sides
are prime examples of Harsh Noise done right. This isn't your Momma's Merzbow boys
and girls. RAVEN works in a gritty light. A fitting interpretation of dark grim 
reality bleeding through your speakers in the only form that suites it: A total mess.
Countless pummeling waves with a force like crushing gravity left unchecked. More of
a beat-down than any Black, Death or any other metal could ever wish to achieve. This
track tends to dwell in the "River of static" realm for much of it's duration. This
river just so happens to be filled with rusted shrapnel and nuclear waste. Hope you
brought a towel. Towards the end Djordie lets loose and hits us with more dense sub-
vibrations. Heavy patterns are formed and destroyed to make way for heavy patterns
to form and destroy. Vacuous atmospheres suck the life-force from all in attendance
as feedback rises to a nerve shattering peak. The track ends with furnace blasts
of hot static and high-end signals heard from mid-way in the mix. Downfall complete.

Harsh Noise. Pure and simple:
7/10
-Corey P.-

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