Abattoir, Satori – “Megaloschemos” Album Review (noise/harsh noise wall)

a3231724489_16From our friends at GH (Gradual Hate) Records comes a new release by two virtual legends in the underground noise scene; Abattoir and Satori.  Megaloschemos is the new 7-track release due out September 14.

From Bandcamp: “A constant pervasive undercurrent of violence, the feeling of a society on the brink of a total meltdown and the fears and torments of the powerless individual. The sound of chaos merging with order, where every detail and nuance seems to be carefully regulated and controlled.”

This release begins with the indescribably and nearly overwhelming track, “The Great Vow.”  Let’s see… where to start with this dynamic piece.

Let’s start off with the fact that one dimension of the track carries the listener into a sonic perpetual descent with one of the most vast black ambient soundscapes in the background.  At the forefront of the track is a carefully controlled chaos-a barrage of mid-frequency harsh noise.  So right away we are presented with a dynamic of abrasiveness and simultaneous vastness.  Adding to that, however is the slow in and out weaving of heavenly choral sounds.  It’s one of those things that just has to be heard.

Other tracks like “Hesychasm” present similar qualities but are perhaps more cinematic in their nature and explore other depths of discomfort.  In this piece we hear a death industrial soundscape, some harsh noise and later what sounds like the utter destruction of a metal or stringed instrument.

The album closes out with the utterly apocalyptic “Octoechos;” a piece that combines textures of controlled harsh noise, death industrial backdrops and dark ambient passages.  In other words, like some of the other pieces, the listener is caught between perpetual movement and suspended animation.

This is definitely a release to look out for if you are a fan of noise, dark ambient and death industrial.  All of these are a part of this album by two underrated and underground legends.

Megaloschemos will be available September 14 on a limited edition CD and digital download.  GH Records is offering a special digital download price of 3 euros until the release day.


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