Genre/Influences: Industrial, Experimental, Ambient.
Format: Digital, CDR.
Background/Info: Cuban born artist Adel Sauto has been involved with different projects, bands and music styles. He has already released several productions under the 156 moniker and now wanted to go back to his original Industrial, Experimental sound. The work is meant as homage to minimalist horror movie soundtracks.
Content: The Industrial influence is rapidly recognizable. I can’t say Sauto moves back to early icons in the genre, but the percussion and sound treatments are definitely Industrial-driven while accomplished with anguishing ambient atmospheres. I noticed some vocal effects reminding me of the technique used by throat singers. That’s the kind of aspect injecting a little extra and diversity to the Industrial loops created by the artist. The last cut ends with a kind of music box tune.
+ + + : The mix of good-old Industrial sound treatments together with scary Ambient atmospheres create an overwhelming feeling, which comes to its apogee at “Ode To Pazuzu”. One of the strongest and most accomplished Industrial cuts is without a shadow of a doubt “Whirling”. I have to admit this track reminds me more of early Industrial productions the artists seem to be inspired by. But the work is also diversified and I especially like some Ambient passages for their visual appeal. I here refer to “A Command To Move”, which is a true symbiosis between Industrial sounds and an anguishing, Ambient mood.
– – – : I remain a true lover of early Industrial music, which also seems to be one of 156’s favorite styles, so I regret the work doesn’t sound more and explicit like early Industrial stuff. You however don’t hear me complaining.
Conclusion: This album is for sure one of my favorite productions from the label roster; great Industrial music with a cool retro wink.
Best songs: “Whirling”, “Ode To Pazuzu”, “A Command To Move”, “Hearts Devoured”, “Sermon Of Rage”.