Demonologists - Miscarriage Of The Soul [Crucial Blaze - 2011]“Miscarriage Of The Soul” is a tar black, deeply grim and often pained mixture of: horror fed ambience, buried cinematic dread scapes, Harsh noise, distant industrial brooding clunky and the odd blackly seared Harsh Noise wall texture. I guess if you call Demonologists a more cinematic and ambient ribbed, yet more noise seared cousin of Blue Sabbath Black Cheer you'll get an idea of what to expect here.
Demonologists are Indiana based duo of Cory Rowell & Dustin Redington. The project has been in existance since 2008, and they’ve put out five splits with the likes of To Live and Shave in La, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Metek, Teeth Collection, Wasteland Jazz Unit. They also put out two fairly short stand alone releases. So “Miscarriage Of The Soul” is seemingly the projects first full length, and on the whole is a rewardingly pitch black, noisey and nastily atmospheric ride.
The album features five tracks in all which last between just over five minutes to near on thirteen minutes a piece. The tracks move from: slow motion and horrifying dark ambient dwells that a mixed with rising 'n' falling black noise seas. Through to sinister metallic clunking, creepy church bell toll and dark organ like swims that are buried under a mass of churning industrial noise . Onto grating and ill-at -ease horror harmonics that are snubbed in and out of sonic focus by masers of seared & seething Walled noise. Really the bands sound is all about mixing creepy atmospherics with seared and blacked noise, and the blacked noise mostly gets the upper hand.
The pro-pressed Cdr comes in a DVD case that features fittingly grim almost black metal like black and white artwork of a skull faced military figure with it’s arms crossed standing in front of a vast grave yard. The set also features a black and white 28 page chapter book full with all manner of grim, skull and bone bound artwork.
On the whole “Miscarriage Of The Soul” is a rewarding, deeply bleack and pained mixture of tar black ambince and darkly seared noise matter, and I look forward to hearing what the project does next. My only criticism here is that all five tracks rather meld and mesh into one another, and offten they rather lack their own identity and shape- but I guess you can forgive this to a certain extent as this is there first full length release.Roger Batty