T.O.M.B. – “UAG” – [Crucial Blast]
T.O.M.B. (Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy) have returned with more creepy, industrial ambient field-recording-powered black chaos worship. It sounds like a bunch of people hitting stuff with pipes in a large, empty room, because that’s partially what it is. UAG (Uncovered Ancient Gateways) was recorded ‘between March/August 2009 at various “disclosed” locations in the U.S.A.’, according to T.O.M.B.. The artwork in the included booklet suggests at least one religious and one medical structure.
Aside from the distorted banging and crashing, there are some even more distorted vocals that sound like wailing wights and the screaming of tortured souls. While some of T.O.M.B.’s other recordings had more overt metal elements, UAG is pretty straight black industrial ambient. Highly atmospheric, UAG (and T.O.M.B. in general) creates a sense of dread and ritualism, like opening a gateway into realms unknown. It feels cold. Play it with the lights off.