Thursday, July 25, 2013

Crucial Blast on The Fortieth Day + Sshe Retina Stimulants + Terence Hannum "Advent" CD

The Fortieth Day + Sshe Retina Stimulants + Terence Hannum "Advent" CD
This collaboration between Locrian's Terence Hannum, Italian noise outfit and Sigillum S offshoot Sshe Sshe Retina Stimulants and Chicago industrial duo / Bloodyminded spinoff The Fortieth Day was a one-off live performance that took place on a college radio show late on night in 2009. The recording first appeared as a limited edition cassette release on Hannum's Land of Decay imprint and ended up going out of print fairly quickly, but now this Cd reissue resurrects this dark industrial document for wider consumption, and it's definitely something that both fans of The Fortieth Day's brand of grim industrial music and Hannum's various projects will want to hear, a relentlessly ominous collection of rumbling layered noise, death industrial-style atmospherics, and sinister drones that spreads out for nearly an hour. The tracks range from minimal murky drones and distorted low-end throb to grinding slabs of blackened synthesizer and malevolent feedback manipulations as the musicians layer their various sounds to create these abstract noisescapes, and at times this performance starts to take on the form of a kind of pitch-black space music, a rush of utterly lightless kosmische drift billowing out of some gaping wound in the fabric of space. Clustered electronic notes howl beneath strange metallic noises and blasts of shrieking high end feedback, and waves of heavily phased synth shoot across the soundspace, turning this into something harshly psychedelic and threatening. Other tracks shift into eerily minimal sequences of demonic quasar pulses and peals of harsh droning feedback, as if you are hearing a Klaus Schulze recording after it has been exposed to aeons of corrosion and degradation, reduced to a charred and withered electronic soundscape deeply stained in dread and rust and rot. On the sprawling thirteen minute "Intermodal", the group ascends into the harshest realms of electronic overdrive on the album, whipping up furious gales of distorted synth and spectral effects and vicious granular noise. Drum machines lazily pound beneath layers of murk, resembling the vaguely rhythmic banging of debris against the hull of a derelict oil tanker. Sinister discordant guitar noise wails in the distance, and massively distorted voices drift through the shadows. Advent fits right in alongside the rest of The Fortieth Day catalog with its grim, crumbling industrial sludge.