Cloama & Blutleuchtel - From Wasteland Mausoleums [New Old Sentinel - 2007]All the work I had heard before by finish artist cloama fitted fairly squarely into the noise genre, so it was a surprise to find this collaboration with other finish artist Blutleuchtel treaded a more gothic cinematic and often creeplydialogue path. Mixing together horror film cinematics, pale and sinister jazz, metallic elements and damned world music vibes. Creepy found sound elements & noise elements appearing just here and there, but the focus is more of on atmospherics and not all out attacks.
Each track goes off on its own little creepy strange and often violent journey, mixing together musically different tastes into a bizarre melt pot of dread, it really mangers to keep you on edge unsure what lies round the next audio corner. Most of the tracks feature vocal or spoken elements either in a very creepy horror film count form that atmospherically reel off horrific texts, or muffled, distorted & overloaded. or bent into disturbing shapes. Some of the more effective and dark moments here come in the form of: The tower covered in frozen ectoplasm which mixes gloomy plodding almost sinister Resident’s take on jazz, with creepy theatrically dialogue with low down noise/ clanging element for more atmospherics. Or maybe the bizarre instrumental unfold of sin gate with its strange watery layers of sound sinister and wonky sounding guitar/ electronics elements, all giving the feeling of been slow smothered in stagnant water. Or the native Indian meets avant gard rattle start of The Bow of Insanity that soons fiils with blood curdling church organ drones, weird /creepy noises and odd half sang out of tune and slowed down vocal elements.
An original, disturbing and nightmarish album that seems to drag you deeper and deeper into its strange sinister half lit world the longer you dwell in its presence. Certainly one of this years creepy & bizarre highlights.Roger Batty