REQUIEM: BÊTE NOIRE
CDR + 3" CDR: Requiem Recordings [2005]


The Beginning
The End
Waiting For The Rain To Wash It All Away
Bete Noire
Mortality Staring RIght Into Your Eyes
Pretentious Comfort From False Nihilism
Breath
Death Leans In For A Kiss
Raping Tongue
Darkness Turns
Light Fades

White

American artist David Graham covers broad experimental musical terrains of drone, dark ambient, neo classical and harsh industrial, and although this is the first material I have heard from the project, it seems that this represents his sixth self-released album.

With first impressions, most pleasing to my ear is the when Requiem channels a drone/ dark ambient/ neo-classical vein, where on such styled tracks the music is sparse, yet suitably layered to give off a rather filmic air. Showing controlled constraint throughout the majority of the compositions, selected tracks are emotively tinged with strings / piano / guitar (delete as appropriate), whilst others showcase a certain percussive bombast to achieve the neo-classical style. Less successful though are harsh industrial elements that simply jar against the calmer aspects. Whilst the harshness of ‘Pretentious comfort from false nihilism’ is not a problem per say, rather my issue is that it utterly decimates the atmospheres constructed via the preceding tracks.

11 tracks on the main CD are where 76 minutes of diverse material is to be found, whilst the release additionally contains a 3” CDR. With a single 20 minute track it opts for a more free-form experimental sound that does not typically align with the main body of work. To be treated merely as an added bonus perhaps? The cover is worthy of a mention too, consisting of a DVD case with a professionally printed cover, and hand made insert for the 3” CDR.

Overall "Bête noire" might in certain sections reveal some influences (being somewhat similar in sound to Cold Meat recording artists Raison D’etre and In Slaughter Natives), yet there is indeed a decent swag of ideas here and I’m sure with further distillation and refinement, Requiem will be propelled onto a label of some clout.


RJS

[Requiem Recordings]

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