Pillars Of Golden Misery – Riders Of Misfortune (Album – Culture Vomit)

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Genre/Influences: Experimental, Dark-Ambient, Noise, Industrial.

Format: Digital, Cassette.

Background/Info: Behind this project is hiding Howard Gardner who you may know from his involvement with Non-Bio. He’s also active in Pillars Of Golden Misery and has released a very few works thus far. This album has been accomplished during the ongoing pandemic and its lockdowns.

Content: The work is a diversified composition, revisiting early Experimental- and Industrial works of the 80s and 90s. Some cuts have been progressively built up, sometimes simply empowered by crescendo resonating sequences. Ghost-like vocal effects accentuate the darkness supporting some passages while other parts sound like pure improvisation touching ground with Noise.

+ + + : Pillars Of Golden Misery creates a unique and diversified dark sound, which will mainly appeal for lovers of Experimental music. I like the retro-like influences, sometimes comparable to a sonic collage of Industrial sound treatments and pure Noise. My favorite tracks are the ones, which have been progressively built up.

– – – : I was less convinced by the final tracks of the album -featuring a live cut, which are more into improvisation and Noise.

Conclusion: This work brings a wide canvas of Experimental/Noise music mixed with more Ambient-driven parts.

Best songs: “Shuriken Worm Murderer”, “Disheartening 3D Zombies”.

Rate: 6.

Artist: www.facebook.com/PillarsOfGoldenMisery

Label: www.facebook.com/culturevomitproductions

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