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TenHornedBeast : Ten Stars Ten Horns

I don't know what’s wrong with the Northern English air, but it seems that in this part of the country experimental drone/doom outfits keep popping up like mushrooms. TenHornedBeast is one of the most recent droney projects from the Great Albion and this specimen shows particular interest as its seeds were planted by Christopher Walton of Endvra, one of the more interesting dark ambient outfits out there.

According to the promosheet, the band sounds as follows: "ebon walls of reverb close in revealing pin points of pallid starfire against the void: percussion detonates deep underground: guitars and bass divide, merge and divide again as harsh monochrome washes of feedback and dissonance soar and scream:" Frankly, I couldn't agree more. The band's sound evokes images of dark rituals deep underground, where pale-faced monks in wide robes contemplate silence and moral freedom. Mysterious noisy feedback blends with walls of distortion accompanied by ritualistic percussion and the chilling, hopeless silence that fills the intervals smells like damp in a forgotten basement.

Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of drone as the genre is too limited in its scope for my liking, but TenHornedBeast is clearly the brainchild of an experienced, talented and (thankfully) sick mind and this material stays effectively creepy and terrifying all the way. Much like Fall of the Grey-Winged One and Trollmann av Ildtoppberg, this outfit's bold experimentation lifts the beast far above the average DIY house-and-kitchen one-man project. Add to this the satisfactory reverbating production and amazing packaging in a DVD box (which includes a cryptic message hidden in a wax-sealed black envelope!) and the overall horror experience is complete.

If this sounds interesting, invoke chris@secretum.fsnet.co.uk

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Frostbite
2. Crown Of Horns
3. Lord Heroin (Has Surely Come)
4. With The Wings Of God Above you
5. Ten Stars Ten Horns
6. Shrines I-III

Duration : Approx. 55 minutes.

Visit the TenHornedBeast bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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