VISION SHRINE / BROKEN HANDS FOR BRILLIANT MINDS: SPLIT
CD: Absolute Zero Media AZM-002 
Hands For Brilliant Minds
The Trial Of Modern Faith
Jazz Was Made By The Devil
Cut Your Wings Off To Enter Heaven
At The End Of The World
Dense Vision Shrine
Cast In Iron And Stone
The Ark Of The Seer
Zero Media presents its first release for 2006 with a split recording
by two of the most dynamic artists currently creating music. To my left
I give you Clint Listing. To my right Karsten Hamre. The coffee and cream
of Industrial dark ambience…and other genres. Broken Hands for Brilliant
Minds is the latest project by As All Die, When Joy Becomes Sadness and
Long Winters Stare of frothy whipped cream Clint. Karsten, Arcane Art,
Defraktor, Penitent and Dense Vision Shrine, Hamre the dark and bitter
coffeee. Their split release features 4 tracks apiece… and to save
you wasting precious time reading any more… is an essential purchase.
Utterly marvellous in every respect. Go buy it now. Scrummy, yummy mummy.
Still reading? You’ve far too much time to spare. I take it you’re
bored, a fan of these acts, unemployed or a fucking tax dodging student
then. These next paragraphs are just for you. First up on this release
is the Clint tracks: ‘The Trial of Modern Faith’,
‘Jazz was made by the Devil’, ‘Cut your
wings off to enter heaven’, and ‘At the end of the
world’. ‘The Trial of Modern Faith’ begins
with a classical piano led refrain over which elegant sensual synths are
added to compliment the ‘oh so’ hushed vocals. Very sombre
and refined and a fantastic starting track. ‘Jazz was made by
the Devil’ is almost experimental in feel with horns and dark
ambience the predominating factor. Quite strange but no less worthy for
it. ‘Cut your wings off to enter heaven’ is…
well… breathtakingly stunning and the killer track from Clint. I
could listen to this forever and never get bored with it. His ghostly
vocals of a fractured past are off set by the simple edifying cultured
orchestrations w hich gives this track the dynamic ’wow’ factor.
Closing track ‘At the end of the world’ finishes
his part of the recording off with a journey into darkest ambience...
where the electronics fly into ethereal haunting realms of fantasy. A
suitable ending then. For Clint’s tracks have taken the listener
to heaven and back.
Karsten kicks off with his first track ‘Secret Kingdom’.
A harrowing filled piece of bleak despondency which whets the appetite
for what is to come. The electronics weaving a tapestry of deepest foreboding
clad only in black. Fear is the key that opens this castles door. ‘Cast
in Iron and Stone’ continues along the same line. Long strung
out notes, with a feint touch of minimalism thrown in, that conjure up
a nightmare stained vision. ‘Dungeon Master’ follows
suite with more of the same… music so dense you could cut it with
a knife. He finishes with ‘The Ark of The Seer’ which
is far lighter in delivery over the previous three tracks…but still
steeped in that old black magic. A low rumbling affair with faint clanks
and other sounds adding to the eeriness of the piece. Another classic
four tracks from this undisputed talented artist and master of all he
surveys and plays.
So much to enjoy. So little space left to write. Safe to say that both
artists have proven their musical worth once more with their individual
tracks. Adventurous without falling outside of their own safety nets.
The music complimenting each others styles perfectly and creatively. Which
of course means that it… is an essential purchase. Utterly marvellous
in every respect. Go buy it now. Scrummy, yummy mummy.
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