Vomit Orchestra - _Antecrux_
(Autumn Wind Productions, 2006)
by: Chaim Drishner (1.5 out of 10)
Whereas Vomit Orchestra's _Macabre Paradigm_ managed to portray a disturbed soul creating in turn disturbing soundscapes of desolation and depravity, _Antecrux_ fails in doing just that. _Macabre Paradigm_ was a solid and purposeful recording, generating sonic darkness and avid hopelessness, but most of the sounds on _Antecrux_ are just filler passages, random noise-loops and arbitrary samples.

_Antecrux_ sees Vomit Orchestra's further distancing -- or rather a final departure -- from their (black) metal roots, or even their industrial / dark ambient efforts. It shows not creativity or a mental processing of ideas an artist would want to deliver to the audience, but more of a stream-of-consciousness array of sounds devoid of an ultimate harmony or vision. Hence, _Antecrux_ is a waste of time and recording efforts, in the end, unless I don't -get- the album altogether.

Anyways, if whispers, white noise loops, some aimless guitar strumming, some sporadic chiming bells (or samples) and much void in between are your idea of a coherent album, then go for it, by all means. I find it too odd and too -empty-.

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(article published 31/12/2007)

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