Friday, March 18, 2011

Demdike Stare - Forest of Evil (Modern Love, 2011)

Don't worry. Keep reading. This one is not a black metal review. Although, from the album title and cover, it's surprising that its not.

Demdike Stare is one of the most original sounds I've heard in a long time. Created as an act to produce imaginary horror films, they've separated the wheat from the chaff, and disregarded the current Goblin revivalism. The result is a highly intelligent blend of spooky dark ambient, Basic Channel / Chain Reaction inspired minimal dub techno and a just a tasteful dash of industrial.

DS know how to build lush atmospheres. Jarring, spastic piano stabs give way to horrific ritualistic dark ambience. This blends into a 4/4 Neubauten-fueled metallic percussion track that finishes with a monumentally cinematic synth line.

This is the first of three LP's they released in 2011. All three are available on a compilation called Tryptych.

Get Evil

Or: Demdike Stare

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