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I.Corax : The Cadaver Pulse I: Sealed In A Radiant Larval Maelstrom

The releases of I.Corax seem to be chronologically divided into states. Whereas this release ends on 'State XIV', the following release, 'The Cadaver Pulse II: Mothelix Liquescent', starts on 'State XV'. At the moment I don't know the reasons behind these states but since the other bands related to I.Corax, such as Halo Manash and Dolorian, are based on alchemical or psychological ideas; I would guess that it has a similar function.

There is one strange thing about these states. Between the bands demo, 'Suns', and this album, there is a gap in the states. 'Suns' ends on 'State IV', 'The Cadaver Pulse I: Sealed In A Radiant Larval Maelstrom' begins on 'State IX'. The four states inbetween are just missing. I don't know why it is so, but I must admit that it has sparked my curiosity. [edit by author: In 2002 they had a live show which was recorded. It was released as 'Kuilu' in 2004; a release which contains exactly four tracks. While those tracks aren't named after states, perhaps they are the four missing ones?]

The track lengths on this album vary a lot. The two first states each pass the 20 minute mark. The remaining vary between 5 and 10 minutes. In any case, whatever their length, they still portray an equally good quality of musicianship.

'The Cadaver Pulse I: Sealed In A Radiant Larval Maelstrom' is a dark industrial release with strong tendencies towards ambient. There is this aura of paranoia and fear that seeps out. It doesn't grab you instantly and suck you in. Instead the haunting atmosphere takes it's time to creep up on you and escalates slowly in a sinister approach. Heaps of echoing effects, whispers, otherworldly wind instruments and a buzzing drone in the background. This is what you can expect from this CDr.

It being a CDr should not scare anyone away if the description hasn't done so already. The quality of the music is very high and it being released on CDr only makes it cheaper. However it will be re-released as a 2CD set together with the second part of The Cadaver Pulse series.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. State IX
2. State X
3. State XI
4. State XII
5. State XIII
6. State XIV

Duration : Approx. 72 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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