Des Esseintes - _Mondo Macabro_
(Malignant Records, 2005)
by: Quentin Kalis (8.5 out of 10)
About a year ago, I was introduced to The Protagonist's _Songs of Experience_, which was an okay-ish, although hardly essential, romp through martial industrial. But sole member Magnus Sundstrom is also involved in parallel power electronics project Des Esseintes, which is considerably more entertaining -- not to mention noisier -- project.

_Mondo Macabro_ is a compilation album consisting of a number of limited edition 7" vinyls released largely through his own Fin de Siecle label (with a few obligatory unreleased songs). Due to the songs being recorded at different stages and in different years, a considerable variety is exhibited, ranging from the tiered sonic terror of "Muse", which features everything from stirring strings to generic beats made sinister through gross distortion and layer upon layer of white noise, through to the near ambience of "Strange Tremors" and the tribal percussion and manic screams of "King of the Jungle". But this only partially explains the variety; credit is also due to Sundstrom for his vision and talent in constructing power electronic terror.

This clearly won't be to everyone's taste, but anyone who may enjoy the harsher aspects of electronic music won't be disappointed.


(article published 26/12/2006)

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