steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


Self-titled 3" CDR


Genre: black metal, industrial, noise

Belluno, Italy

November 2009

Fuck yes. This brutal swath of noise-encrusted, distortion-pedalled, mic-destructed industrial-cum-black-metal is just what I needed. Vocals bound between growled and outright pained on opener "Sergio Leone" as an overpowering, tribal drum rhythm interacts with guitar feedback to produce an all-out eruption. It's an outright caustic and detonable affair, draping itself over a hearty eight minute duration. More typical wizardry is abuzz on three-minute noise-metal blast "Abuira," but it's the final card, the aptly-named "To Armageddon," that truly caps matters off in style. An ominous bass drum and bell twinkle lets one know that all havoc is about to break loose, as it does when the listener is dropped into a furnace of maudlin vocals, scissoring beat carnage, and visceral noise; the discordant keyboard whirs are a nice touch. Don't think for a second that this isn't a depraved, vicious whale of an EP; Rotorvator's brief opus is the most hellish behemoth of a record I've heard in a long while.

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Michael Tau

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]