Genre/Influences: Ambient-Noise, Dark-Ambient.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Scott E. Candey setup Gruntsplatter in the 90s and released considerable number of productions. This new opus however is the first new studio album in fifteen years, he this way reactivated the project and his own label, Crionic Mind.
Content: This album sounds like entering a sonic labyrinth, where you rapidly get lost in endless sonic corridors composed by buzzing sound waves. Sharp noises are progressively joining in accentuating the hostile atmosphere of the work. Quite progressively the tracks create an impression of desolation. There even is a kind of break (cf. “The Scrying Caves”), which however remains driven by elements of Noise.
+ + + : Gruntsplatter created a perfect sonic osmosis between Noise and Dark-Ambient. It’s an overwhelming production with an apocalyptic atmosphere. The work has a strong visual appeal, which will bring you to face your heaviest nightmare. The Noisey input constantly accentuates the feeling of torment and despair.
– – – : Scott E. Candey maybe abused a little bit of the sound formula, which becomes quite repetitive and predictable after a while.
Conclusion: The perception of horror has been masterly adapted into a heavy sonic trip mixing Ambient and Noise.
Best songs: “Scarlet Quarry”, “Rites Of The Briar Maze”, “The Phantom’s Augury”.
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