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3 reviews »We've been stocking the Plague label for a while now and for me each release seems to get stronger and stronger. Which is kind of weird as it's essentially just dark ambience which doesn't really do too much. It's something you either like or don't. I'm pretty sure I use the same sort of words every time I review this sort of stuff... dark... isolationalist, glacial, eerie but they all fit. Vision ... »

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Vision Rites And Techniques of Ecstasy by Wicked Messenger
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8/10 Phil Staff review, 05 March 2009
We've been stocking the Plague label for a while now and for me each release seems to get stronger and stronger. Which is kind of weird as it's essentially just dark ambience which doesn't really do too much. It's something you either like or don't. I'm pretty sure I use the same sort of words every time I review this sort of stuff... dark... isolationalist, glacial, eerie but they all fit. Vision Rites And Techniques of Ecstasy by Wicked Messenger fits plumply into the rest of the labels dark and eerie output. I'm sat here with the wife dissecting this release and she's just come up with tomblike and septural (which I don't think is a word...)if that puts a different slant on it. She thinks it sounds like video game music (specifically when the black ghosts things appeared in Ico if anyone played that). Me... I think it sounds like ritualistic horror film soundtrack (more Silent Hill if we're on the video game tip still). It's smart anyway and if you like evil sounding music and ambience then this is a marriage made in 'hell' for you.

10/10 an adoring follower in the land of Oz Customer review, 2nd September 2009

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to inhabit a Hieronymous Bosch painting - a strange world filled with all manner of beasts and objects impossible to identify? If that sounds good to you, let me recommend to you Wicked Messenger’s new album ‘Vision Rites’. After my first listen to this album I knew without doubt what the soundtrack to this nightmarish world would be like, epic, disturbing and atmospheric.

This album is not only those things just mentioned, it is also uncomfortable and filled with an ever growing sense of menace that makes it a MUST listen. I speak of this album as a whole experience and not just a collection of disparate tracks without link and believe it should be listened to as such.

Music does not usually evoke a sense of unease within me. It has never made me want to look over my shoulder every few seconds to make sure that there is nothing unearthly lurking behind me ready to pounce. Whereas, this album does just that, achieving a dark, brooding atmosphere in a very overt and effective way. This atmosphere is coupled with a large helping of what I can only call ‘ethereal distraction’ and an equally powerful element of sexual energy. It is almost like being driven along on the crest of an intense orgasm, knowing that at any moment you will meet with a colossal climax and it surely does not disappoint.

It is the album’s constructed primal-ness that heightened my experience overall and intensified my feeling of dark lust-filled edginess. Whilst listening to the sounds being emitted gloriously loudly and deeply from the depths of my stereo it brought me cause to think of what had made me feel like this before.  

I have chosen to use three metaphors to describe what this album evoked within me. The first being a participant observer upon the canvas of a Bosch painting, the second an intense orgasm during the throes of passion and the third being the protagonist in a David Lynch film. Why David Lynch you might ask? To answer, I suggest you spend some time watching his most recent release. As a character in one of his films you would be painfully aware that there will be no comfortable conclusion for you, no explanation for the disquiet or dis-ease within yourself and the plot, but that without questioning why you must continue on, no matter the consequence or the outcome, but for the pleasure of the experience. Vision Rites is just like this, you are compelled by the very nature of the music to sit and wait for the climax, whilst being carried along on a most wondrous of journeys.

Wicked Messenger delivers a piece that transcends the usual aural works of contemporary avant-garde music. I would even hazard to suggest that it is art, although knowing with some certainty that the musician may object to that description of his music. Instead I will just make the simple statement that it is the soundtrack for the darkness within one’s soul. You are never allowed to be comfortable or to relax and I am sure it is the conscious intention of the musician to not allow any ‘rest for the wicked’ whilst listening to his work.

Vision Rites is an intense listening experience. I suggest that you find a dark, quiet space, sit back, relax and turn your stereo up loud. You will not find it wanting. In fact my only criticism, if you could call it that would be that Vision Rites leaves you wanting more, for this strange dark experience not to end.


10/10 an adoring follower in the lan Customer review,

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to inhabit a Hieronymous Bosch painting - a strange world filled with all manner of beasts and objects impossible to identify? If that sounds good to you, let me recommend to you Wicked Messenger's new album 'Vision Rites'. After my first listen to this album I knew without doubt what the soundtrack to this nightmarish world would be like, epic, disturbing and atmospheric. This album is not only those things just mentioned, it is also uncomfortable and filled with an ever growing sense of menace that makes it a MUST listen. I speak of this album as a whole experience and not just a collection of disparate tracks without link and believe it should be listened to as such. Music does not usually evoke a sense of unease within me. It has never made me want to look over my shoulder every few seconds to make sure that there is nothing unearthly lurking behind me ready to pounce. Whereas, this album does just that, achieving a dark, brooding atmosphere in a very overt and effective way. This atmosphere is coupled with a large helping of what I can only call 'ethereal distraction' and an equally powerful element of sexual energy. It is almost like being driven along on the crest of an intense orgasm, knowing that at any moment you will meet with a colossal climax and it surely does not disappoint. It is the album's constructed primal-ness that heightened my experience overall and intensified my feeling of dark lust-filled edginess. Whilst listening to the sounds being emitted gloriously loudly and deeply from the depths of my stereo it brought me cause to think of what had made me feel like this before.  I have chosen to use three metaphors to describe what this album evoked within me. The first being a participant observer upon the canvas of a Bosch painting, the second an intense orgasm during the throes of passion and the third being the protagonist in a David Lynch film. Why David Lynch you might ask? To answer, I suggest you spend some time watching his most recent release. As a character in one of his films you would be painfully aware that there will be no comfortable conclusion for you, no explanation for the disquiet or dis-ease within yourself and the plot, but that without questioning why you must continue on, no matter the consequence or the outcome, but for the pleasure of the experience. Vision Rites is just like this, you are compelled by the very nature of the music to sit and wait for the climax, whilst being carried along on a most wondrous of journeys. Wicked Messenger delivers a piece that transcends the usual aural works of contemporary avant-garde music. I would even hazard to suggest that it is art, although knowing with some certainty that the musician may object to that description of his music. Instead I will just make the simple statement that it is the soundtrack for the darkness within one's soul. You are never allowed to be comfortable or to relax and I am sure it is the conscious intention of the musician to not allow any 'rest for the wicked' whilst listening to his work. Vision Rites is an intense listening experience. I suggest that you find a dark, quiet space, sit back, relax and turn your stereo up loud. You will not find it wanting. In fact my only criticism, if you could call it that would be that Vision Rites leaves you wanting more, for this strange dark experience not to end.


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