Characteristically dark and heavy Downwards material, just how you like it! Oake’s Industrial drums and shimmeringly tense atmospheres build up to a pretty dense soundscape, though with no lack of detail in there. Half of Auferstehung is built for the club, the other half for the nameless dread that engulfs you after leaving.
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Spring has sprung and the sun is out but my mind is clouded and grey thanks to the good people of Oake - a couple of shy Germans who want nothing more than to watch things burn. Or so said the great prophet Michael Caine, and lo we did know the wrath of the Batman. It is very clear though that these two are the real Dark Knights, or potentially a collab between Batman and the Joker? I’ll stop.
Auferstehung, which apparently came out last year, translates as ‘resurrection’ but bears none of the light usually associated with the word, in case you haven’t gathered that already. It’s a feast for dark ears, featuring The Haxan Cloak atmospherics, techno production cornerstones and gothic chord structures on things that might be string instruments but are probably finely tuned nails on a very calculated chalkboard. Percussion rears up like a self-assured demon surrounded by a horde of incubi and succubi. Whoa, just double checked the definition of incubus, and it’s a lot more extreme than I remember. But these beats hammer their point home with cruel efficiency, just like a (rare) good death metal tune.
The walls of noisy minor melody conjure up all sorts of crushing imagery too obvious to list. You get the idea, anguish to the point of sinisterness and bloodsoaked frustration. Unrelenting swells of unease, etc. The whole album pretty much has this vibe, but it’s perfectly crafted death ambient and combines so well with the industrial beats. Do yerself a favour, drop all that twee pop stuff for a second, burn it and don’t leave your room for weeks.
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