Clo Goelach - Faith Bringer/Filth Bringer + Their Blood
This review will be different because the format of the release is also not that traditional. This is the first step outside of his own Klaustrosignal label for this Lithuanian dead/power electronics project. Album "Their Blood" consists of two parts - introductory miniCDr titled "Faith Bringer/Filth Bringer" and cassette that had appeared slightly later. MiniCDr is packed in regular CDr size plastic envelope. Cover - half Jesus, half some very familiar old man. Despite the fact that every time I look at the cover, I ask myself who is that person, I cannot remember his name. Anyone? Slightly more than 13 minutes of sonic information in this album. Two similar one to another tracks, as if one continuous piece. The first one, Faith Bringer, starts with some sermon which is, after several seconds, hidden beneath pulsating synth. Very soft and pleasant dominating sound. Pulsations slowly varies, new elements of noises appear, but no ear-piercing sounds or so. Slightly uncomfortable though persuasive and moody atmosphere. Second track, Filth Bringer, continues soft synth pulsations, just being 3 times longer, this song deviates further from fundamental sounds. Sharp vocal is added, but it is heavily distorted and hidden deeply under effects that I'm not that sure if it is voice or just another source of noise. Overall it's pretty good prelude to album. At first while listening to this miniCDr it seemed that both tracks are quite the same and monotony is felt after listening for longer periods of time. But attentively listening to background noises and changes of sounds, I almost have nothing bad to say. The only problem is how to find the correct key to decipher this album - whose head is on the cover. Then the message would be clearer. Despite the fact that I couldn't fully decipher this miniCDr, I'm moving to "Their Blood".
Label: 100% Unsocial Records
This cassette was released month after appearance of miniCDr. Black white xeroxed cover with texts of three songs and collages of porn/religion/etc. Texts are nothing new to Clo Goelach - little speaking, more like splashes of filth and sperm in sexualized antireligious visions. Texts uncovers slightly more context and listening to cassette is different experience than listening to miniCDr. The first track - thick line of low frequencies with vocal buried deeper. Massive track, taking into oppressive mood of cassette. Soundwisely this song doesn't progress, but this isn't a must I think. You sink in pleasant sound until the track ends and that's it. The second song - once again fundament of rich low frequencies and slightly sharper vocal which gradually becomes more intense and hysterically reveals while going from low to middle frequencies. After the vocal is finished, rumbling continues, calm low sound interchanges with middle frequencies and finally the song hysterically ends. Nice and interesting juggling of noises and a little more varied track. Then the third one, somehow strangely positioned in the cassette. It starts on A side, then stops and on B side it starts once again. This one's the only one without lyrics in the album. And it seems more silent than the others. At first "helicopter-like" low sound. Minimal changes and it ends without going anywhere. All B side in fact seems more silent comparing to A side. And the final song of this album - low rumbles and heavily distorted voice plus noises, absolutely destroyed by distortion. There are moments that they come to surface in tiny sound details, but most of the time, foundation of sound is located somewhere further. Massive, slow and oppressive track. High-pitched squeaks are changed with low rich waves and so on. Monolithic, strong tracks are located in this cassette. Not too much of variety, but what's in there - it's good. Somewhat different work of Clo Goelach when comparing to the previous ones. Without open aggression, dark and you are left with somewhat disgusting taste in your mouth because of too much low frequencies. Maybe that was the goal. I liked it.
Label: 100% Unsocial Records