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Sisternatus - Division One [Cold Spring - 2007]

Division One is the debut album from this Canadian noise/ dark ambient project. Delivering a shifting dark stew of sounds touching down in:dark ambience, sample driven dread be it ; voices, water drip, door slamings, metallic death machines chatter. With deathly rhythmic work-outs, all manner of metallic clunking and some more fiery noise moments though for the most part this stays fairly atmospheric more than anything, never really letting the noise run riot.

This works best as a flowing whole as each track leads into the next, not really having enough about them either in concept or melody wise to stand on their own, but as a flowing near on 40 minutes track this really works creating the feel of an hellish world between realities. Like the soundtrack to hells dark dungeons, or a clunking and demon raising netherworld. As it drifts from one dark drone smudge and noise eruption painted sound world to another, that nevers gets too crowded for it's own good, always keeping  the atmosphere of touring the corridors of hell.

An impressive debut, showing a real ability to build up one hell of an atmosphere, and at the same time keep ones attention through out it's running time.

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Roger Batty
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