Shadow Theater - _Siona_
(T’an! Kaven!! Ash!!!, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
This is released on the experimental (noise / power electronics) sub-label of The Eastern Front, which otherwise specialises in more subdued music. This is a collaboration between Flutwacht and Vincenzo Bossi, two projects from Germany, and _Siona_ is already their eighth release. _Siona_ was "performed and recorded live without audience", which suggests a number of options, of which a live, one-take performance is probably the most likely. This CD actually consists of two distinct styles: one harsh noise and ambient soundscapes, and the other a more restrained (relatively speaking) and structured power electronic sojourn.

The noise tracks consist largely of a monotonous drone broken occasionally by terrified and distorted screams or shouts, while the less repetitive power electronics possesses a passing similarity to the rhythmic nose of Brighter Death Now.

Like most of the material on T’an! Kaven!! Ash!!!, these extremely harsh sonic soundscapes will not appeal to everyone, but will not go amiss for those looking for something little experimental that will do more than merely annoy the neighbours.


(article published 26/12/2006)

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