Cloama & Blutleuchte - _From Wasteland Mausoleums_
(New Old Sentinel / Neuroscan, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
It seems Cloama, together with Blutleuchte, wish to fill the void left by the demise of cult black industrial noisemakers MZ.412 last year, as they have deviated far from the ambience of their self-titled 2005 album, in favour of a greatly more aggressive style.

The ambience is still present, but it's broodier, and more like conventional dark-drones, rather than the experimental vibe of _Cloama_. The result is a bit of a mixed bag, as the Finns traverse various post-industrial approaches and even black metal. The ambient approach wasn't that intriguing but the noisier death industrial vibe of "Bow of Insanity" and "The Voice of the Serf" is more interesting, if rather simple and very much like the legendary Brighter Death Now. The divisions between the two styles are not that clean-cut, as a couple are prima facie too noisy to be ambient numbers, yet too atmospheric for noise.

However, it is "Archaic Waters Enshrine the Seer", which is the most entertaining and unexpected track. The elementary and repetitive raw riff and the overpowering synths suggest if anything, this track is most closely allied with black metal, providing a mesmerising number which would serve as an arresting intro or interlude of virtually any album from purveyors of northern darkness.

Ultimately, this album is nothing if not varied and oppressive but is an interesting addition to any post-industrial collection.


(article published 21/11/2007)

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