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The Dead End Street Band - Songs Of Aiwass [Altar Of Waste - 2013]

“Songs Of Aiwass” presents the listener with three fairly lengthy submersions in lo-if & retro electronic focused psychedelic & blackly curdled horror themed drone matter. The Dead End Street Band are a three piece project from North East of England, and they’ve been active since 2011, and have so far released around 3 or 4 full length CDR’s, & a few split releases.

The project conists of the following: Victor Janos - Microkorg, Guitar, Vocals, Monotrons and Pedals,S.F. Brownrigg - Electribe EA-1, Guitar, Vocals, Kaoss Pad, Monotron & Joseph Curwen - Samples, Field Recordings, Digital noise. And really I guess you’d say the project trying to recreate a more noise bound take on late 1970’s to early 1980’s sound tracking that would have graced either lo-fi & twisted psychedelic tinged horror movies, pseudo snuff & nasty toned exploitation-horror film movies( like House on Dead End street where the project take their name from), grim occult themed thrillers, or stark sci-fi movies

The release opens with “Astral Beings”, and this comes in at just shy of the seventeen minute mark. The track offers up with a shifting, building then receding selection of morbid ‘n’ murky elThe project conists of the following : Victor Janos - Microkorg, Guitar, Vocals, Monotrons and Pedals,S.F. Brownrigg - Electribe EA-1, Guitar, Vocals, Kaoss Pad, Monotron & Joseph Curwen - Samples, Field Recordings, Digital noise. And really I guess you’d say the project try to recreate a more noise bound take on late 1970’s to early 1980’s sound tracking that would have graced either lo-fi & twisted psychedelic tinged horror movies, pseudo snuff & nasty toned exploitation-horror film movies( like House on Dead End street where the project take their name from), grim occult themed thrillers, or stark sci-fi movies

The release opens with “Astral Beings”, and this comes in at just shy of the seventeen minute mark. The track offers up shifting, building then receding selection of morbid ‘n’ murky electro drone textures- these textures are buffeted & seared by lo-if reverb & lo-grade effect pedal texturing. The tracks an effective enough opener, and brought to mind a more stripped & lo-fi take on the kind of thing Schloss Tegal did on their industrial tinged dark ambient classic “Oranur III”

Track number two is entitled “Formula Of The Neophyte”, and comes in just a few seconds over the twenty five minute mark. And this track opens with a solitary urgent electro tone repetition which is slowly circling around & around - fairly soon we get first one grey & hovering drone than another one added into the track. By around the 4th minute we get a deeper/ meaty slightly churning ‘n’ throbbing electro drone added into the track, and from here on the it just gets more & more oppressive, enclosing as heat beat like galloping & purring low-end drones are mixed with more lo-fi space bound mid to high ranged reverb bound pitch hovers.  I’d say this track is my favourite track here, as the project build & intensifying that feeling of unease & the tangible sense of dread-to-panic so well.

Lastly we have“Banishing And Purification”, which is the longest of the three tracks at just shy of the thirty one minute mark. This track starts off with a more formal (through feed back buzzed) repetitive & grim like sombre synth drone march, as the track progresses the synth elements gets more & more feed back/ reverb drenched in there feeling, also the pace of the synth march seems to speed-up too. By around the 8th minute the  track has moved towards  a dense mass of thickly churning & slow oscillating drone matter, which basically bays & swims around you in murky  & dense grim manner.

This my first taster of this projects work, and I must say they have a fairly distinctive sound & take on the whole horror drone thing, and I enjoyed most of what was on offer here. So I look forward to hearing more of this projects future work
ectro drone textures- these textures are buffeted & seared by lo-if reverb & lo-grade effect pedal texturing. The tracks an effective enough opener, and brought to mind a more stripped & lo-fi take on the kind of thing Schloss Tegal did on their industrial tinged dark ambient classic “Oranur III”

Track number two is entitled “Formula Of The Neophyte”, and comes in just a few seconds over the twenty five minute mark. And this track opens with a solitary urgent electro tone repetition which is slowly circling around & around you- fairly soon the we get first one grey & hovering drone than another added into the track. By around the 4th minute we get a deeper/ meaty slightly churning ‘n’ throbbing electro drone added into the track, and from here on the track just gets more & more oppressive, enclosing as heat beat like galloping & purring low-end drones are mixed with more lo-fi spaced bound mid to high ranged reverb bound pitch hovers.  I’d say this track is my favourite moment here, as the project build & intensifying that feeling of unease & the tangible sense of dread-to- panic so well.
And lastly we ha

Lastly we have“Banishing And Purification”, which is the longest of the three tracks at just shy of the thirty one minute mark. This track starts off with a more formal (through feed back buzzed) repetitive & grim like sombre synth drone march, as the track progresses the synth elements gets more & more feed back/ reverb drenched in it’s feeling, also the pace of the synth march seems to speed-up too. By around the 8th minute the  has moved towards  a dense mass of thickly churning & slow oscillating drone matter, which basically bays & swims around you in murky  & dense grim manner.

This my first taster of this projects work, and I must say they have a fairly distinctive sound & take on the whole horror drone thing, and I enjoyed most of what was on offer here. So I look forward to hearing more of this projects future work

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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