Album Review

Womb C – “Womb C” – [Bestial Burst]

lexi glass   10/16/2016   A Library, CD


Womb C is a collaboration among artists from the Finnish death metal bands Will Over Matter, Ride for Revenge, Cloama, and Dead Reptile Shrine, as well as the Russian duo Die Blutleuchte. On this 2014 CD release, the sounds reach far beyond metal, or any simple genre boundaries, and towards a strange, singular universe.

The CD booklet includes a sci-fi short story that sheds some light on the album’s concept. Parts of it are tough to follow (translation issues? drug logic?), but the gist is that a space cadet and an alien warrior goddess uncover a series of portals to deeper awareness called “Wombs,” and make a Starbaby when they reach the third and final Womb C.

Each track of the album follows this story’s arc. “Satan Universe Moloch” (T1) begins with a synth melody (a theme that returns in T2), that gives way to spiraling electronics and ringing feedback at the high and low ends; about 6 and 8 minutes in, there’s two spoken word interludes from a Finnish Cy Thoth. “Bug Humanity” (T2) begins with larval sputtering that develops into a hissing space insect consciousness. Towards the end of the track, heavy guitars creep in for the first time; soon “She Male Vegetation” (T3) arrives in its full, riffing glory! But slowly, the sounds mellow, passing through through a watery filter. “Neptunean Crystal Rain” (T4) begins with sounds of a thunderstorm, but then loud, almost shoegazey guitars return. By the end, the commotion fades, leaving spectral space noise in its wake.

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