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Go to the Xela website  Xela - The Dead Sea [Type - 2006]

Using  Italian horror and zombie films and  their soundtracks as an influence. Along with drone , folk,electronic, rock elements, to Conceive a wonderfully  eerier and water bound concept album about a zombie attack on the high seas.

Things start off in stunning fashion with The Gate, it ushers in a wall of droning dread, Conjuring up a  Cyclobe like track lost in sinister sea mist, with eerier folk tinkling and odd voodoo god attiring in the background. Wet bones links sea boy tolling, with string instrument scuttling.You can really imagine staring out into the ocean- sure something’s coming, something’s watching you, almost this could be  updated soundtrack to  80's  video-nasty baby eating classic Anthopophagous the beast, but just when you think it’s settled into it’s tone a strummed acoustic guitar enters along with harmonica or sea flute  like tones  to make a  spooky sea shanty, with creaking and sway of  the ships weight under neater.

Creeping flesh is heavy electro voodoo throb, which really does  bring to mind sea bond zombie epics of  Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh eaters and the cheesy rip off tactics of zombie come cannibal film Zombie holocaust. You can almost smell the dead, almost hear there mournful groans . The exit track  never going home, brings together great creepy electro scuttling and waves of  drone music.  Utilizing deeply sombre guitar and synth rub, you can imagine the last survivor bobbing along in the sea. The  camera focus in on them and you what you initial thought to a piece of drift wood ,turns out to be a rigor-mortis stiffed leg with which our last hope starts to rip into with rabid gusto, roll  the credits.

Really this is aching for a movie to made to fit the soundtrack, but maybe that would ruin ones own internal movie. One for all the horror movie fans and those who enjoyed darkly atmospheric music. An eerier and foreboding, sea salt filled decaying trip into  audio terror and One of this year grim treats.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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