MCD: Eternal Pride Productions EPP003 
Ltd x 333
Russian musicians are a breed apart. By that I mean their music is by far and away the most distinctive from any other country. This includes Japan. You just never know what you're going to hear when dealing with a Russian artist. The list of Russian artists currently releasing music in its many forms is quite staggering. Each and every one being highly collectable. They take great pains in their presentation, not for them a cheap and nasty cover, and this adds to their value. Be it an individual work of art for each copy, or even a DVD case enclosing an attractive 8 page booklet, the care and attention to the finest detail is always faultless. "Sak-Yelga" falls into the latter here with its DVD case. Pretty packaging alone does not make a record great. The music must also bear up to intense scrutiny. The music must, in the end, stand alone and proud. The Technicolor clothing discarded to reveal the true nature of the beast.
was never a doubt that crossed my mind that I would enjoy the Velehentor
aural experience once more. After all I had already well received his
previous releases sent in for review, "Boeing: There... and back
again" [read review
here] and "Sepsis 022" [read
review here], so knew I was in for a treat. Velehentor is 121, also
known for his Closing the Eternity project, and one time / full time member
of Valhalla, a black metal outfit. For this release 121 has released a
2 track 28+ minutes recording that mixes power electronics with dark wave
touches and heavy percussion with strong forceful Russian spoken vocals.
The recording itself deals with the river Sak-Yelga, which has the dubious
distinction of being one of the dirtiest rivers on Earth. The people who
reside in the city of Karabash and depend on the river for their daily
existence are rewarded with various rehabilitating diseases for their
trouble. The Lord giveth and by fuck he taketh away in spades. This
music created by 121 reflects the grubby and cancerous effects this river
has had on the populous. The mental disorders, nerve and gland diseases
and of course the big 'C'. A people born into utter despair and misery
with no way out and no future as such to look forward to. Depressing?
But of course. 121 does not hide behind a shiny facade of lies. He tells
the truth no matter how painful. His music an Industrial beat full of
ominous harmonies, of fates already written large in the sands of the
death dealing river that man himself created through his raping of the
land that nestles beside it. Listen to "Sak-Yelga" and give
thanks you don't live there.
releases like this coming out, Russia is developing a reputation for being
at the forefront of musical invention. Miss this at your peril.
[Velehentor] / [Eternal Pride Productions]
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