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Wold - Stratification [Profound Lore - 2008]

With Stratification Wold return with their third slice of grim noise meets black metal cross breed and this time around  been a bit more varied than past works as well as adding in a more droning/ dense sound with atmospheric underbelly to many of the tracks.

Things start off very thick and murky with the buzzing & wall-like grim drone/ noise tones of the title track which feels like been stuck inside a cave with a blacked tornado tearing apart the world outside as guitar and electronics are boiled up into a grim maelstrom of sound. Next up is Sleigh Ride which starts off in a more blacked metal grim punk mood with a stuck and electro chopped guitar tone and grating growls, which all  soon get swamped into murky droning mess- building up this wall of grimness nicely. Later on Wintertime starts with a demented gone wrong march band rhythm and harmonic electronics which soon morphs more and more noisy, yet still maintains some interesting textured detail and the small whiff of the original harmonic tone. The Frozen Field  just user fuzzed, fed back blurred drum machine and growls  and finishing off  the album we have Auld Tree which returns to the droning wall type sound of a lot of the tracks here with some nice random and mutilated blacked guitar tone drowning in feedback and noise matter

Stratification finds Wold developing and growing their noise/ blacked metal boiling pot sound  in a very grim, atmospheric, often suffocating and original manner.  To make an album thatís more approachable and atmospheric than their last album Screech Owl yet is still very nasty and unforgiving.

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Roger Batty
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