Released: March 8

[gel​ö​scht] is unusual for a noise album in a few ways. First of all, while it is almost exclusively a noise album, the underlying influence of death metal can be felt all the way through. Secondly, it doesn't attempt to slam you over the head with its brutality. Rather, it insidiously creeps into the skull, burrows deeply, and begins its work from there. It's filled with harsh textures, but it never pushes its envelope too far at once. At any time when you feel it may be starting to overwhelm, it pulls back just a bit, just enough to give you space to breathe before bringing a different mind warp into your eardrums. 

I can't quite tell you how exactly to approach the album, except to just start listening. There are no real divisions throughout the album and all tracks share the same name, save for the intro track, giving this unsettling continuity to the album. Among all the static and distortion, VERFÜHRERVERGELTER also includes some touches of sci-fi horror such as odd laser-like sounds with warbles alongside growling tones that evoke all the feelings of crawling through dimly lit corridors in dreadful anticipation of whatever horrors wait around the next corner. 

What;s really captivating about this album is the level of deconstruction that everything seems to have gone through. It's almost like the sounds of what we would typically call music was shoved into a machine filled all manner of blades, grinders, and other equally terrifying apparatuses, then processed and reassembled at the end state. You can hear it in various points where there is just the smallest hint of a guitar or a bit of percussion. But by the time it hits your ear drums, the machines have gotten to it first.  


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