Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Apoteg - Apoteg
01 Creation - couldn't have picked a better intro for a noise/ambient album. This track starts out gently, but that doesn't mean it's any less dark than the rest of the tracks. A faint, distant melody can be heard occasionally, and if you're one of the observing listeners you'll be pleasantly surprised a couple songs later on in the album.
02 Sangre - Sangre starts with some wicked sorta' gong incarnation, and after a short breakdown which was excellently placed - and to be very honest, caused a few shivers down my spine - the track picks up in a moderately fast paced beat. This track is not that heavy on the ears (except for maybe a bit later into the song) yet, but it sure as hell makes lots of promises of the not so distant, more heavy tracks. Sangre ends with a quiet ambient part, which later evolves into the forebode of a hurricane, whereafter calming down to introduce
03 Maelström - without a doubt one of the jewels upon this album. All tracks are great, honestly said. But this track really "jumps out" among 'em and is still my favorite of this entire album. It's not just the catchy intro tune, or the magnificent, unexpected transition from Sangre which makes me say that. It's the entire composition. This is one of Apoteg's first tracks. It's the second track he ever created after "6" (correct me if I'm wrong). I'm not going to tell you anything about this song's structure. Except for the ending, which I mentioned earlier.
04 Demi - starts off with a vicious harmonic and drags you into a grotesque world which surely promises obscurities to come which you've probably never seen or heard before in your life. Dragging you down ever deeper into the extravagant abyss of Apoteg, this track suddenly grinds you to a halt in a calmer section, to smash your brain only seconds later.
05 Necrobyte - is definetely one of the more noisier tracks on this album. Not much to say about this track other than it's utter noise combined with dark, droning beats. The sickly synths sound like something from what could mayhap be the soundtrack of a horror movie in the future. The "funeral metal" influences meantioned in the original description of this album is also noticable in this track. Slow, grinding, low guitar noises combined with dark chords take care of that part.
06 6 - no, this track is not named "66". It's "6". Not "six", but "6". I have no idea what meaning the title bears, other than perhaps emphasis the track number. This track starts off with sounds of the ocean. Although this ocean doesn't sound like your every-day ocean. It sounds like an ocean which probably holds vicious evil, much like Giygas himself. This track is more of one with grinding, droning beats rather than synths. Apoteg's early influences of Giygas can also be clearly heard on this track.
07 Spirals - is a track which I have not heard before, unlike the tracks stated above. A short track, this one, but that certainly does not mean it's any less in quality. A short, droning track which would make one feel very uneasy at night. The same applies for
08 Memory - this track quickly picks up the pace again as "Spirals" lets you go for a few short seconds, allowing you to catch your breath, which is thereafter malevolently taken away by another rather drony track. Some wicked, twisted, low piano - or that's what I think it is - guides the beat up to a climax, whereafter things slow down a little into an ambient part, which is later continued in
09 Nail - definetely explains the "funeral metal" influences. Sure, it has some droning beats and ravaging noise-jolts, but the main focus is ultimately the doomy atmosphere of this track. This is the only track which made me feel a bit uneasy and is also the one which awoke me from my "trace-like state". Also quite dissettling is the fact that I could swear I heard voice-like shapes, as if someone was talking in the vicious synths about a minute before the end.
10 The Remains - as the descripion of the album already stated, this track and the two proceeding after this one are "an indication of things to come". I have no idea why Apoteg didn't save these tracks for the next album. Even without these tracks the album is long enough and contains more than enough material to keep you listening to it for quite a while. I can see why Apoteg calls these tracks "unsuited" for this release, though. That doesn't mean they're bad. They're just something different. This track particularly. It scared the living guts out of me when I first heard it. I'm not going to say any more about it, you'll have to figure this one out by yourself. Well, just one little thing then. This track sounds as if it could induce nightmares if you would have it play in the background while you were asleep. I'm not going to try that out.
11 End - is definetely one of the more ambient tracks on this album. Although "not really part of this album", it does add a great deal to it. This track scared the outright shit out of me at one point not so very far into the song and continued to do so for nearly three minutes long. This track ends in ambience. Dark, semi-conscious, oppressing ambience.
12 Time - a rude awakening from the sleepy ambience-ish ending of "End". Mostly a noise track, this one, with lots of feedback and dissettling drones. Giygas' influence upon Apoteg's soul is also quite noticable in this track, working as a catalyst for the doomy drones and menacing noise. The ending quite pleasantly surprised me to hear two out-of-phase synths trying to overrule eachother, but barely not succeeding each time they tried. The resulting dissonance fits well with the entire track, being a good close-off for this album.