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Megaptera – “Staring Back At You” – [Malignant Records]

Apollo   3/4/2011   A Library, CD

This collection compiles rare dark ambient / death industrial tracks from Sweden’s Megaptera. The collective was active from from 1991 until 1999.

Megaptera combines rumbling drones and repetitive, metallic noises. These tracks range from creepy to disturbing. The sounds are often mechanical and conjure a vision of a bleak future. The music emanates from a cold, dark, dystopian cityscape.

Tracks 4, 5 and are 8 noisy, and lead you through a gruesome factory, with #8 (appropriately titled “Mass Murder”) including sounds of torture. The rest of the songs are ominous.

I particularly liked track 6, a nightmarish drone with disembodied voices. Track 12 is an excellent collage. Around the 4 minute mark a keyboard creeps into the mix, sounding like it is being played in a speakeasy in the nihilistic world that Megaptera portrays. About halfway into this 17-minute track, a religious chorus leads into the preaching of a Texan evangelist who yells about Satan and temptation until the track ends.

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