Doc Wör Mirran

The Soundtrack of Death

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For this album, Doc Wör Mirran consists solely of Joseph B. Raimond. The title gives a very good idea of the atmosphere reigning all over this record: dark, gloomy, inexorable. Raimond sculpted five menacing pieces out of power tools, industrial noises, and synths. "Muerte" hints at the '80s gothic culture, thanks to ambient keyboards and female vocals buried deep into the mix. As the album unfolds, the music moves constantly away from that pole to get nearer to harsh industrial/noise the likes of Eutectic or early Merzbow. In "Halál," you hear bombs flying by your ears. "Død" reproduces the sound of Armageddon. The invading army (unless it is a giant Japanese monster or death itself) slowly marches on, each footstep sending tremors throughout the land. It leaves behind a path of destruction and despair. A bit predictable in its form and choice of materials, Soundtrack of Death is nevertheless a very powerful album fans of the genre will hear with delight. Yes, the pathos is a little simplistic, but Raimond has constructed some very awkward moments. Take, for example, "Død": after the first half of the piece (described above), the music gels into a strange loop where elements collide irregularly over a long period of time. One thinks of Ground Zero's Consume Red or David Jackman's Eisen. Recommended. The CD comes packaged in a round, film reel can-like metal box.

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