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I just had the dubious pleasure of reviewing the heaving mass of collaborative darkness from Costin Chioreanu and friends and now I’m heading to similarly bleak places with this Metal Rouge LP on Emerald Cocoon. It opens with machine pulses and sheets of sharply distorted guitar, under which you can make out some female voices babbling and wailing. Later the guitar recedes into heavily delayed fingerpicked twinkles, along with a boomily thrumming bass drone, with the distortion drifting in and out of the picture.
Flip it and things get a bit sparser, with some vocal exhortations draped over a plodding pulse and a slowly cycling bassline, plenty of space...until a shrilly distorted guitar starts spraying free noise effluence everywhere, then vanishes as quickly as it appeared, leaving the moaning vocals and somnolent bassline to continue their relentless trudge. Then there’s just the last (and longest) track remaining, ‘White Cube Graffiti’, where the thudding electric pulse rubs up against lightly delivered hi-gain guitar touches and some patient jazzy sax parping. They maintain a fairly consistent level of ominous paranoia for the bulk of the track before some gnarled, spluttering guitar distortion overtakes it all towards the end. It’s a well-executed soundtrack to your most feverish nightmares, yet not as inaccessible as that might make it sound...
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