Sumbru - Sublunary Visions [Hallucination Tapes - 2016]Sublunary Visions offers up two slices of bleak, bone-chilling, yet persistently fixed walled noise from this French HNW project. The release came in either- a CDR, or a digital download - I’m reviewing the CDR version of the release.
Sumbru is the now main sonic focus of highly prolific & respected Paris based noise-maker Julien Skrobek. And really Sublunary Visions follows on sonic focus from the projects past work, as it offers up two twenty minute slices of extremely bleak, barren, yet unrelenting wall-craft.
The blank CDR comes in a slim-line DVD case, and this features a black & white close-up picture of paint cracked & damp wall. I’m not sure how many copies, there where pressed of these. But it’s now out of print- so if you want to check this out( save from finding a copy on discogs) you’ll have to download from Hallucination Tapes bandcamp page.
So first up we have “Closed Eyes Of The Frozen Moon”. This wall offers up a grim blend of deep juddering & ripping descents, muffled rumbles, and blunt buffeting textures. Together these elements create this barren yet overwhelming crypt like vibe; as if you’re stuck inside some vast underground burial ground- as the occupants are coming back to life, pushing & rolling off the stone lids of their coffins. All the elements seemingly remain fairly firm though-out; though as they are all moving at slightly different pace/ pattern, one gets the feel of continual mid-pace earthy descent.
The second track comes in the form of the wonderfully entitled “Emerging from the Astral Salt”. Here we have a more urgent, though no-less grim blend of the following: cascading & bitterly deep juddering, barren-yet-earthy tunnel bound rumbling, and a selection of faint sub-tones, taking in rattling, knocking, and tumbling. Where the first track seem to summon up images of lumbering & dusty bodies awaking from a underground crypt sleep; this feels like the bodies are now fully awake & are tunnelling, tearing, and burrowing their way up to the surface, and the cold frosty moonlight.
So to summing-up Sublunary Visions- both tracks are fairly entrancing in their bleak, barren, yet unforgiving flow. Of the two I’d say the second stand as my favourite- due to is more urgent yet still ghoulish & grey grind, and it also has a great title too!. Roger Batty