Genre: Dark Ambient
Label: Malignant Records/Black Plagve
Geez. It’s been about six months since I’ve gotten my hands on some dark ambient goodness. I mean, I don’t have a shortage of this stuff (thanks to Jason Mantis), but it’s always nice to have more. Or maybe I’m just greedy, I don’t know…
Anyhow, today I get to sink my teeth into Black Plagve’s (a division of Malignant Records) most demented and psyche scorching bastard sons: Hypsiphrone. And guess what? Like just about everything else have I received from Black Plavge’ s mothership, I LOVE this album.
Unfortunately, I can’t really compare And The Void Shall Pierce Their Eyes to any of the other brilliant dark ambient releases I have received. (Being unique is definitely something to get excited over, but it can be a bitch to describe in this medium/genre.) The closest anything that I can even begin to describe what this album puts you through would have to be Stalaggh. Now, in the past, that would be an insult coming from me. But the years have been good to me so now I can appreciate the intricate goings on in such albums/bands. But yes, Stalaggh. The comparison is probably more true than even I think: a dense, oppressive gloom fills the room you’re in with dread, regardless of where you are (seriously, go to your happy place and listen to this album. By the time it’s over, you’ll need a new happy place). Screaming and crying mental patients (and throughout the track entitled Resurgence Of Mors Sexualis, it seems like you can hear the staff too) can be heard running through the halls of this absolutely malevolent (and fictitious) place of healing.
But that’s where all of those comparisons ends. The technique is completely different with Hypsiphrone’s brand of slow mental torture. It all feels genuine and it’s all from an honest place. It’s not just slapped on a platter and presented as something “shocking” or purposely “sick”. Every track is water marked with blood, sweat and tears and that my friends is refreshing.
The only thing I can manage to critique would be the overall length of this album. I wish it was only a few minutes shorter since I always seem to burn out in the last bit of the closing track. Over than that though, if you’re a fan of this kind of thing, I can’t seem to recommend this album and label enough.
Overall: Yet another solid dark ambient release has found a happy home on my shelf and in my computer. But be forewarned; And The Void Shall Pierce Their Eyes is not for everyone. Unless you get some kind of kinky satisfaction from having your wits tested and your psyche kicked repeatedly by a raving lunatic, then maybe, only maybe you’ll do ok against an album of this magnitude.
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