godMONSTER – Statik Utopia

A couple of months back a slightly surprising and totally exciting release shone in the shape of The Dischordian Society EP from US band godMONSTER.  It was a debut release that caressed the ear with ambient and emotive soundscapes that soothed and provoked.  godMONSTER the solo project from Sindelle Morte one half of impressive industrial hellrock duo Scream Machine, left many who were definite disciples to their harsh and provocative sounds open mouthed and enthralled by her elegant tapestry of captivating and fertile instrumental music. With her new album they are sure to be smiling broadly.

Statik Utopia sees Sindelle unveiling more of her expansive and equally intimate sounds, bringing ten pieces of expressive aural imagery that invoke and inspire. As with the EP the album consists of music that wraps itself around the listener permeating thoughts and senses with darkly macabre spiced vibrant sounds that light up the ear and beyond whilst inducing dark elements and feelings to keep one wary and mesmerised. In the band’s bio Sindelle states “godMONSTER was created as an opposing force to balance out the aggressive assault of Scream Machine. It’s different in that it is more about catching a feeling and holding it, rather than screaming it out.” This sums up the music perfectly and though it is not as challenging or intrusive as the sounds she is known for it is an equal in drawing feelings and emotions from its recipients to feel an experience that is lasting and pronounced. 

The great thing about the music is it is open to individual interpretation, the compositions themed but emotively inviting to each to find their own personal and singular feelings and vision. There is also an engaging contradictory feel across the whole release too, the darker tones and imaginations brought forth with a vibrancy and glow of light that provokes and emotionally incites. Opening track ‘Funeral March’ is a wonderful example, its dark electro opening pulsating and addictive to lead in a mournful flow that is countered by a siren like melodic palpitation that is hypnotic, its beckoning light smiling against the deep blackness. It gives a “Something wicked this way comes feel” in the same way the darkness invites and captivates one in to its dark depths.

Suicide Symphony’ is another stunning example and the favoured track here. Again darkly themed its senses manipulating wicked touch fuelled by a rousing melodic beauty that lightens up the shadows. Though I know the composer will not have intended it or agree the song gives a calming grace and eloquence to the act and subject of the song that can evolve but few see.

Each piece of ambient joy is emotionally and aurally satisfying, the album working as a whole or in its individual movements as an animated symphony of spellbinding harmonies and enthralling creativity. Statik Utopia beguiles with hex like charm throughout and an at times subtle varied imagination. From ‘Ghost Walker’ and its beacon like harmonic light within pressing shadows, ‘Requiem Of Sorrow’ giving a melancholic ambience that permeates every welcoming sense, to the chilled flight through the radiant beauty of ‘Night Passage‘ and its emotive search and hopeful quest, the album explores and pleasure every corner of the mind and heart.

Statik Utopia is a wonderful album of sonic soundscapes carrying a rich ambience that nourishes the heart and inflames the senses. Exquisitely crafted the spread of musical colours tinged with a dark enticement devours as it pleasures to ensure genuine relish and deep contentment.

To find out more and future projects as well as to download Statik Utopia for free go to the brand new label of godMONSTER and Scream Machine Digital Pain Productions  @  http://digitalpain.moonfruit.com/

RingMaster 11/12/2011

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godMONSTER - Funeral March

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KaiDekA – False Idols And Pyrite Thrones

False Idols And Pyrite Thrones from UK thrash metalers KaiDekA may not come with the keenest of originality or the ammunition to forge new directions but it is definitely a release that inspires an eager moshing allegiance from limbs and heart. Rough, raw and aggressive the album proudly uses its thrash and metal influences in a strong union with their own inventiveness to create their self titled nu thrash, the emerging sound a fusion of the likes of Testament, Mudvayne, and Killswith Engage with slithers of Dry Kill Logic/Lamb Of God. Though not overly original the music from KaiDekA is thoroughly satisfying and intriguing and the album very easy to keep revisiting with eagerness.

The quintet from Cornwall formed four years ago building a strong and respected reputation in the UK underground metal scene through their explosive and impressive live shows. Despite many line-up changes over those years the band have steadily been on an upward climb which has seen them linking up with Rising Records and the exiting False Idols And Pyrite Thrones. Renowned hard workers with over 200 gigs to this point in time the release of their debut will surely elevate them even further up UK metal’s rungs and into a wider deserved recognition. 

The excellent ‘Placebos Devine’ opens the album with crushing riffs and intimidating rhythms veined by an honest groove that reminded a little of the likes of Primer 55. Vocalist Dax Partridge growls and spits out lyrics with a deliberate belligerence that sits perfectly within the aggressive sound. Further smooth vocals from Jamie Gill bring a good contrast to the gruff attack and his threatening drums which are almost hypnotic, and with incisive and intelligent guitar work  plus impressively excellent bass lines from Tom Healan the band show immediately they are one mean skilled metal machine.

The album is strongly consistent though some tracks leap out to invite and engage the senses more than others but there is not a weakness across the ten song album that ever makes the experience less than completely enjoyable. The enthused ‘Lets Blame Dahmer’ a prime example as it pounds its way in next with frantic vocals from Partridge sounding Chad Gray like. Cutting urgent riffs and scorching guitars litter the song to wake up the senses even more and get the head and body mobilised in eager nodding.

A slight dip follows though that is more from the couple of songs being sandwiched between a very strong opening to the album and three red hot tracks that sit midway through the release. The first of this trio of dynamic tracks is ‘Drowning’, a song of penetrating energy and striking black intent. Varied and well written the track brings elements of thrash, deathcore and metal in a smooth mix that shows UK metal has some intriguing and firm hands emerging to take it forward, as also in bands like Puritan Slain who KaiDekA remind of at times here. ‘Pride’ and ‘Slave‘ join the song to make a gripping centre to the album, the first a threatening powerful beast that is not as instant on the ear but proof of the creativity within the band and the latter a predatory prowling monstrosity that taunts and punishes the senses with venomous instinctive and skilled brutality.

False Idols And Pyrite Throne is not without its faults like a production that is not crisp enough to stop at times some aspects merging and being muddied within the wall of intensity. Also there are moments where the band bring too much variety into a track to leave it slightly disjointed but to be honest the album is that pleasing and overall deeply satisfying that they do not really become a major  issue. The album will not make your top ten of the year but it will certainly bring definite pleasure from a band in KaiDekA that is still emerging to find its own unique sound. With the base and skill shown within False Idols And Pyrite Throne UK thrash and metal has a bright and punishing future.

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