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Aluk Todolo - Descension [Public Guilt /Riot season - 2007]

Descension is Aluk Todolo debut full length after a highly praised 7 inch and what a debut this is. For 37 minutes you tumbled through, get hypnotised and brutalised by this nightmarish, lo-fi , head-ripping and psychedelic black mind fuck.

Taking in elements of black metal, krautrock, locked grooves, noise and black/ ritual psychedelics to summon up something that is truly of their own diabolic making- this feels like it could have been made by blood thirsty satanic   hippies that have just crawled from a suffocating dark forest to play in front of you & scary the hell out of you. The music engulfs you in it’s looped, smogy and sometimes seething  presence, as the drums pound on and on as if played of human skin drums, bass and guitar get smudged, melted and smeared into each other. Like dark tripped out globules of sound that fall like strange enchanted entrails slipping from a vast black structure that stretches off over a blood red and black horizon as far as your eyes can see. This Apocalyptic ritual music for the end times, screw-up, nasty  and bitter yet inviting and hypnotic.

One hell of a musical death-trip into the beating  black heart of this three piece. Truly music that threatens to swallow you all up leaving you in a limbo of Lovecafts making. I  cant recall a  project baised around just your  drums, bass and guitar sounding this strange, different and hellish. This is available in both cd form from  public-guilt and  on vinyl from riot-season.

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Roger Batty
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