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Uncertainty Principle : Sonic Terror

The name of this release could not have been more ably chosen. This CD by the relatively unknown two man act from the UK, Uncertainty Principle, presents some truly haunting and dreaded drone to its listeners. Mixing in dark ambient with drone doom and noise the band takes listeners away into an uncomfortable slumber, a sweat filled dream full of despair.

Seemingly devoid of melody, Uncertainty Principle's music consists of nothing more than frightening noises and feedback. Every single note has been distorted and twisted, while the music plows forward at a painstakingly slow pace. At times this reminds me of Esoteric or Sunn O))). You won't hear any clearly distinguishable vocals except of some distant sounds resembling a voice; sick, twisted, tortured, angry and never understandable (in fact, I'm still not 100% sure they actually are vocals).

At rare intervals the music lulls you into a false sense of security and you can dream away on a flow of ambient sounds. Only to be send tumbling into a mental abyss again by the rising and falling distorted and twisted guitar & drum sound. Due to the slow pace of the music it might sometimes seem like there is no melody at all. Especially the strange distorted sounds flying all about give the music a very disturbing and chaotic feel. But those who listen closely will discover that all their tracks actually do contain melody and structure. It has just been slowed and distorted to a point it requires some attention from the listener.

Is this drone or noise? Well perhaps we should just label is "drone noise"? I do think that suits it best. Drone noise with dark ambient hints. As such I would recommend this to those into the unholiest of the unholiest sonic terror acts within the doom genre. If you're into acts as diverse as Zaraza, Esoteric and Sunn O))) I am sure you will also love Uncertainty Principle. If you however rather float on mushroom clouds of drope or wallow in romantic misery you might want to skip this one.

Anybody interested can buy this (and other) release(s) from Uncertainty Principle through their MP3.com page: http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/320/a_culturalembolism.html

[edit by admin.: MP3.com was sold at one point and now only showcases music from big labels. However, you can still find samples here: http://www.mp3.com.au/uncertaintyprinciple]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Pain:Hate:Fear
2. Indifference
3. Dirge
4. Hatred

Duration : Approx. 47 minutes

Visit the Uncertainty Principle bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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