Genre/Influences: Industrial, electro-industrial, experimental.
This label already released a very select number of industrial and dark-ambient artists. The releases are limited editions characterized by a very artistic packaging. We were very lucky to get a final copy of this new Blackhouse opus featuring 8 compositions.
“Yuen” is a quite accessible work by Blackhouse, which is mainly constructed from electro-industrial loops carried by a low cadence. Ladd invites his fans to join in for a minimal sonic adventure on, which he excels in sonic manipulations. The tracks are overloaded with multiple effects and different noises. The work is accomplished by great ambient atmospheres injecting a dark and somewhat tormented touch to the work.
“Yuen” might be easily considered as belonging to the most sophisticated work of this band. Brian Ladd became a truly talented noise surgeon who’s mixing harsh passages with sophisticated sound treatments. The work is spiced with a kind of field recordings reaching a kind of noise climax at the last track (cf. “WOMANifesto”).
I personally prefer the minimalism from the debut part which moves into some modernism. “(Keep Your) Eye On The Hog” is a great composition, which totally stands for this ‘progressive’ style while I also recommend “Hell Done Froze Up” revealing deep, vibrating bass sounds and buzzing noises.
“Breathe Deep, The Holy Spirit” is totally different for switching into a kind of ghost-like ambient atmosphere. This track appears to be a kind of intermezzo, but still confirming the never-ending diversity of this artist.
Conclusion: I’m not addicted to the entire Blackhouse work, but “Yuen” is the kind of exception to the rule. This album reveals the most intelligent side of Blackhouse.
Best songs: “(Keep Your) Eye On The Hog”, “(I’m On) A Mission From God”, “Hell Done Froze Up”, “WOMANifesto”.
Band: www.sonic.net/~lfmusic/blackhouse / www.facebook.com/Blackhouse-62087096216