SCRIPTVM: MARGINAL EXISTENCE
CD: Hermetique H-CD04 
With 3 artcards
Isolation Of Sores
In Order Of Derangement
Grey Rat In White Morgue
don’t usually abuse my position as a reviewer on Aural Pressure
but for the first and last time I’m going to. Hermetique…
please re-release the Propergol CDRs "Un Dechainement De Violence"
& "Cleanshaven". These recordings are missing from my life
and I need them so badly it hurts. Thanks. Sorry Jo . I won’t do
that again. Promise. [I'll slap your wrists Al! ED].
The debut recording by Post Scriptvm was the CDR titled ‘Gauze’
on the Somnambulant Corpse record label. That dark ambient recording,
although there were other different genres thrown into the mix over its
far too short 36 minutes, showed great promise from this American artist
but even I wasn’t expecting how much he would up the ante with this
follow up. The first thing that struck me was how clean and crisp the
sound quality was throughout "Marginal Existence"s’ eight
tracks. Every note resonated with a clarity that made his previous work
appear murky and muggy by comparison. This highlights his move into a
more power electronics / experiment al dominated phase and is fully welcomed
with open arms. The electronics employed cut with a ferociousness of a
surgeons knife removing a cancerous growth.
The first two tracks are a bewildering sample rich mix of sounds that
appear and disappear leaving you wondering where its leading to. The answer
is the maelstrom of track three that surges with a ferocious sound to
wake the dead. Will the rest of the record sound like this you will ask
whilst trying to regain your composure? This cunning artist knows his
craft too well. What you expect to happen never happens. He hits and runs
like a terrorist at an ambush. Forever leading the listener on a merry
dance of confusion. Bang!…here’s a quite piece dominated over
by a sample that produces goose bumps before hitting the experimental
noise button once more. He moves swiftly zig zagging into cover. Bang!…the
build up of reflective ambience destroyed by throbbing pulsing noise and
unfathomable voices. Unseen he begins his next ass ault…Bang!…another
sample over an electronic beat foundation that is slowly pulled down into
a degenerating shower of debris. Strike, retreat and regroup. The mantra
of the skilled assassin. Make no bones about it "Marginal Existence"
has the killers touch. You could compare the work to say later Brighter
Death Now…even touches of Propergol can be heard here…but
that would deny the artist his proper dues. The sound is pure Post Scriptvm
working to his own methods and agendas. "Marginal Existence"
is a no holds barred, no prisoners taken, recording that’s totally
electrifying in every sense.
quick mention must go to the packaging of this cd which is housed in a
special black envelope with four enclosed picture cards and does the artist
and his work proud. I appreciate any label willing to put that extra bit
of effort into making the visual package as exciting as the aural experience
to be found on the recording.
Scriptvm] / [Hermetique]