Genre/Influences: Industrial-ambient, experimental.
Background/Info: Stephen R. Burroughs (previously involved with Head Of David) is back on track as Tunnels Of Āh to unleash the fourth official studio album of his project. This album brings us back to the Cold War era and is inspired by the ‘chime and gong stations’.
Content: Whatever the concept and/or inspiration, Tunnels Of Āh is always transforming ideas into pure sonic mayhem. The album features 5 long-during tracks, which are leading the visitor into darkness while surrounded by an arsenal of noises from which are now and then emerging ghost-like voices.
+ + + : “Charnel Transmissions” sounds like a sensual title for a work, but Tunnels Of Āh will always transpose every single subject into sonic decadence. But that’s also the trademark of this project, which became a reference in its genre. It’s a new atypical exposure of industrial darkness constructed with sonic collages and a real fascination to decompose and recompose sounds and noises. The albums from this artist never repeat themselves although they remain characterized by an explicit approach, which I think always is the mark of great composers.
– – – : This is the kind of album that will only catch the attention of the true lovers of ‘extreme’ industrial- and ambient music. It remains a difficult music format. Speaking for myself I’m missing a climax;
Conclusion: “Charnel Transmissions” makes me think to the work of evil spirits composing music to terrorize poorly mortal souls.
Best songs: “Kosmiglot”, “Homage To The Landfill Dogs”.