Album Review

Record of Shadows Infinite – [coll] – [Crucial Blast]

ophelia necro   5/23/2006   A Library

This is a collection of quasi-drone minimalism. 10 tracks from 10 different artists. The compilation opens on a strong and very blissed out note with Ruhr Hunter’s track (1)”In Memory With Blackest Wings I Fly” offering moody and droning cinematic soundscapes of synthesizers with a quiet bursting of a guitar. Troum’s (2) “Uswena” is a multi-layered transcendental ambient piece utilizing guitars, bass, voices and a mouth organ! Unearthly Trance (3) is gritty guitar and throaty, moaning baritone, lethargic riffs, grim hypnotic doom . Thuja’s (4) “Cave Floor,” evokes outdoor life of a caveperson combining ghostly guitar hum, treated percussion with sounds of nature. House of Low Culture (5) offers a throbbing, pulsey, dronefest “A.T. Drone Home” which vividly brings to mind a close encounter experience. Scot Jenerik’s piece (6) starts out with quiet rumblings, tappings, quiet sounds almost like the sound of coins dropping then slowly building to a smoldering blast of hums, drones and various random electronic bleeps. Amon’s track (7), “Drone/Evidence/Foundation,” is a dark, ambient, pillowy layered dronescape created by computer sequencing and synthesizers. Chaos as Shelter (8) is harsher humming and buzzing; darkly meditative with deep layered electronics ominous and forboding. Beneath the Lake’s track (9) is creepy, windy, droning with samplers, guitars and effects processors invoking images of barren landscapes. The final track (10) from Francisco Lopez is a punishing noisey onslaught, it sounds like listening to a thrash band but the radio that your listening to it on won’t quite get the station in. It’s loud, unforgiveable and hard to take. All tracks on this release are over five minutes, the longest piece is nine minutes long. Each piece could work nicely as a soundtrack for a short experimental film. This CD is a great introduction to this type of noise/music, there is enough variety on here that at least one of the tracks is bound to appeal to even someone who is not particulary fond of the droney stuff. Tracks 1,3 & 9 are my favorites.

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