Yurugu’s Speech & Bismuth – The Brutal Misery Manifesto (CD Album – Dark Mechanism)

By Aug 24,2018

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Genre/Influences: Experimental, dark-ambient, industrial.

Background/Info: This album resulted from the common efforts between both Italian projects Yurugu’s Speech and Bismuth.  Both bands are active in the most distant fields of industrial, drone and experimental music. I last year discovered Bismuth, which left me a positive souvenir. This album is the result of pure improvisation, which has been finally turned into tracks.

Content: “The Brutal Misery Manifesto” sounds as a pure offspring between different dark music genres, which can be mainly related to experimental-, industrial- and dark-ambient music. Boiling noises and overwhelming dark sound waves are coming together with some monstrous vocal parts. The tracks also reveal numerous sound manipulations and effects creating a paranoiac sensation. The album reminds me more than once to early 80s experiments when industrial, ambient and experimental music were less separated from each other.

+ + + : This work sounds as a massive sound collage, getting us back to the origins of experimental- and industrial music. I indeed got the feeling awakening somewhere in the early 80s. I’ve been impressed by the heavy, monstrous sound blasts. Some vocal parts are quite similar to this heavy, extreme sensation, but you also will notice somewhat spoken-like vocals. Both artists created a very personal work revealing an obscure, but exciting sound DNA. This is pure underground, but that’s what I like.

– – – : A few cuts are just a little bit too experimental for my taste. I definitely prefer the mix of industrial noises and dark atmospheres.

Conclusion: This album sounds like an alternative to numerous industrial- and dark-ambient projects, which all sound a bit similar.  Yurugu’s Speech & Bismuth sound like the beneficiaries of the early 80s experiments in this genre of music.

Best songs: “Fear Is Timeless And Covered In Blood”, “They Are Praying The Mortals To Take Us To Their Journey”, “Without Rest In The World”.

Rate: (7½).

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