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Slaughter Productions deliver another deeply unsettling one from the cassette archive, this time from Kranium. Hefty set, is this. Spread over three LPs and presented with an attention to detail only someone with a “stunningly perverse fascination with sex, violence, and death” could muster. A death-ambient/industrial orgy limited to 99 copies.

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  • UMA 083 – 085
  • UMA 083 – 085 / Ltd 3LP set on Urashima aka Kranivm. Edition of 99 copies in screen-printed sleeves

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The Complete Recordings by Kranium 1 review. Add your own review. 5/10
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5/10 Staff review, 18 November 2014

It’d take a while to describe the three plus hours of scavenged hate that takes place over these three rather gruesome records. Under a hundred copies have been made of ‘The Complete Recordings’, which is probably because there are only so many people who can deal with suppressed, droning lo-fi recordings of babies screaming, crowds cheering at political rallies and old men talking about executions in what sound like prison cells. Rest assured, this isn’t music for the faint hearted -- then again, what exactly is it music for? Black metal with the black metal taken out of the equation, all that’s left to Kranium’s music is ferocious wind tunnels filled with half-forgotten conversations. If you thought Wold’s new record was a force to be reckoned with, wait ‘til you hear this half-dead record of elemental cruelty.

So kvlt they call themselves Kranivm sometimes just because, Kranium’s discography makes for a surprisingly thorough and coherent sound experiment, in part because it sounds totally anonymous, collating terrifying found sounds that belong somewhere else entirely. Every time a melody manages to crack through the stifling production -- such as the very occasional piano that appears on ‘I - The Blood’,  it sounds like it’s coming from another house in another person’s life. This is black metal conducting, and the only thing in the mix that feels like it hasn’t been appropriated is the production, plus the occasional percussive effect. Good for them, but I kind of never want to listen to this again: the screams are making me feel pretty ill. Pretty good shock value music that means nothing significant whatsoever.


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