|After the wonderfully dark, but rather short effort on the Uncertainty Principle split, fans of Torture Wheel were anxious for some new material. The same goes for the raw, dirty work delivered by Moss on previous releases. At NOTHingness REcords, both artists team up to plague the doom underground with two vastly different, but equally horrifying halves of a split CD.|
Torture Wheel kicks off with the first 30 minutes, and what a half hour it is! The new tracks have a wholly different and more advanced feel to the previous ones. Gone is the underwater atmosphere described by my colleague on this page. Instead, a song like 'Sarah (In The Black Mirror)' has more of a seashore-like sound, to stick with the marine imagery. Musically this means that the sound is less murky, and definately more in-your-face. This is also represented in the instrumentarium. There is a much bigger role for the lead guitar and - here and there - the keyboard melodies. In the meantime, Torture Wheel's trademark sound is still very much present. The subtle shift in approach make this a very good continuation of the previous works and E.M. Hearst proves that he can keep the quality top-notch and the music innovative and interesting. Expect some flowing, captivating, and almost cinematic funeral doom!
The other side of the split is a whole different story. The first sounds of 'Aldebaran' make clear that the last two tracks are raw, grim and vicious. The first track is basically a 10-minute piece of guitar-based 'washing-machine' style noise. A loopy rhythm (no drums, though), loads of feedback, and crushing guitars. A true punishment for the ears (whether that is positive or not depends on the preferences of the listener). 'BenethBelow' is perhaps a more 'traditional' piece. Slow rhythms, slow riffing, grim (or crappy) production and a shitload of vile screams. And 20 minutes of it. You know what I'm talking about. This isn't really innovative as far as I'm concerned, but it is pretty dirty. I've heard a lot of similar sounding music lately though, so I can't say I am very impressed. Nevertheless, if you're a sick bloke who likes Bunkur or Khanate, this is right up your alley.
In any case, whether you like either of the styles or even both, this is a very good and well-priced release. The format is pro-CDr in a slimline DVD case and it looks flawless. So if anything you've read here tickles your fancy, don't hesitate and order this. Money well spent, I'd say.
1. Sarah (In The Black Mirror)
2. Chapel (The Shattered Stained Glass)
3. Blood Mirror (The Crawling Faces)
Duration : Approx. 64 minutes
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