Aug 20, 2011
Nyctophobia - Arid ...
Two 18 minute and one 10 minute track make up the album starting with 'Thirst.' The track opens with clean guitar and synths before droning, distorted guitar takes over with the very most minimalist drumming. Everything evolves very slowing so you have to be patient; the opening few minutes only has the odd lead guitar passage to break things up a little. Most of the track is fairly typical of the funeral doom style but with a couple of perplexing elements. There is an irritating hissing sound that fades in and out of the music, it could almost be considered a production error but I think it is there is evoke more atmosphere but for me, it is nothing but annoyance. The song though is hypnotic although rather predictable. Any experienced listener of funeral doom and drone will know where this track is going and how it is going to get there. The album also has no real vocals which gives the recording a real feeling of emptiness and despair but with the extended running times of these tracks, some vocals would have been nice to add an extra dimension to the music as it can sound a little stale at times.
Second track, 'Under the Midday Sun' is better than the first, more complex, more original and even more hypnotic. The guitar which blends repetitive riffing with droning leads sounds great when they are joined by various noise elements and pulsating loops. This is the kind of track that can really take your mind away to desert landscapes and barren cold wastelands. Like the album opener, it is a bit long with some sections being bled to death but this track is the album highlight for me. The album ends on what is the most concise piece of songwriting the album has to offer; the more aggressive 'Exhaustion.' This track has everything the other two tracks have but it seems more structured here and it is a highly captivating 10 minutes of bleakness. This album wont win any awards for being overly original or groundbreaking but if you like bands like the excellent Nortt and Torture Wheel then you should find this stimulating and you can download it for free, can't lose really.....7.5/10