& ANTIGEN SHIFT: THE BLOOD DIMMED TIDE
3"CD: Spectre S10
Started With the Second Death
It Drowned the Ceremony of Innocences
Then Came the Blood Dimmed Tide
one, "All Started with the Second Death" is a collaboration
between the two Canadian acts but it seems a shame it’s only two
minutes long, I feel it could have been explored further. It begins with
samples of crickets and a sampled voice (same lyrics as cover) and moves
into drones and a steady slow drum.
This merges into Antigen
track "It Drowned the Ceremony of Innocences". The
drones and dark ambience continue until the beat picks up and dies away,
returning rapidly to build up into noisy rhythmic beats. Throughout the
track fluctuates between ambient interruptions and electronic pitches
which wouldn’t feel out of place on a Coil track.
"Then Came the Blood Dimmed Tide" by
is brought in with a voice sample for a long intro. After this dark ambient
calm comes pounding rhythms but the ambience is a constant undertone.
The track builds up layers then breaks them down, separating into different
percussive elements. The central part of the track is very danceable with
varying depths of noise to make it interesting and listenable. This then
slows to a drawn out atmospheric piece with distorted vocal samples and
echoes, then slower again. The track then builds up for one last time
with a single drum hailing the return of the rhythmic beats with the underlying
drones still playing a part. The track ends with fading ambience.
I can see about 50% of this release being fantastic on the dancefloor
but the lengthy ambient breaks in both track 2 and 3 are too much of a
diversion. I feel this release would appeal to fans of Black
or Vromb. Overall,
quite a varied release and very recommended.
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