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Z'ev - A Handful Of Elements [Cold Spring Records - 2013]

A Handful Of Elements finds this highly respected percussionist, industrial pioneer, and sound artist offering up an albums worth of slightly seared ‘n’ unsettling dark/ psycho ambience.

The CD album takes in five tracks in all, and these are built around a mixture of: processed & mostly slowed metal based texturing. All manner of knocks, groans & bangs. Blurred & mournful human moans & wails, slow moving drone matter, and the odd more seared & noisey tone.

Each of the five tracks comes in at spot on the twelve minute mark- so the album has a total running of a hour. The tracks see Z’ev take you through slow monition hellish sound scapes that shift with slowed seas of grates ‘n’ bows, brooding drones, and muffled swirls of moaning humanity. Onto sonic recreation of séances carried out in ancient gothic house- as he mixers together eerier bangs ‘n’ creaks with slurred wails ‘n’ groans. Through to visits to creepy & foreboding junk yards in the dead of winter, as he blend together stark ‘n’ bone chilling grates, with malevolent slurred bows, icy wind sways, and menacing ambient ebb.

All told A Handful Of Elements is a masterful example of chilling, unsettling, yet highly compelling mood setting ambience.

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Roger Batty
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