OMPEHDA: NOTHING BUT DISPERSION
CDR: Bahlasti Ompehda 
Ltd x 30
of the Pestilence
Slaves of the Blind Archon
The Malice of Choronzon
The End of Heaven and Earth
Mad Voices in my Brain
To the Wilderness I Wonder
the second self released CDR for this new Finnish project (formed in 2003),
I would really consider this album as a showcase of a group in its formative
demo stages. This perception appears to be reflected by the band themselves
given that this is limited to a mere 30 copies.
As for what this release has to offer, with 9 tracks that span 50 minutes
I’m afraid to say that it serves up reasonably standard and pedestrian
dark ambient. Likewise the press sheet reads: “the goal was to generate
the most unnerving and effectual sounds”, which although commendable,
unfortunately for these ears has not been achieved.
Generally speaking, the tracks utilise a minimalist and subdued approach,
where a few synth generated sonic layers have been heavily manipulated
to achieve a somewhat low-fi & old school atmosphere. However as the
album progresses the tracks tend to merge one into the next, not really
capturing that certain engaging essence that dark ambient music specifically
requires. Yet ‘The End of Heaven and Earth’ is one
of a couple of tracks that bucks this trend, being a static noise drenched
power electronics piece bordering on free-form noise.
As mentioned earlier, this release should really be treated as a demo
of a group learning its equipment and establishing itself. Thus on this
basis it will be interesting to see how quickly they progress in creating
a stylised sound they can call their own.