Bastard Noise

Throne Is Melting

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Throne Is Melting collects recordings made at different times with various lineups between August 1999 and October 2000. Its varied sound palette (from doom ambient to all-out harsh noise assault), track lengths (from two to 20 minutes), and origins (studio, live, mail collaboration) make it an excellent choice for beginners who know what they're doing. Seasoned fans of Bastard Noise will also appreciate the set, as it contains some of the group's most vivid sonic explorations. The album begins with four two-minute tracks recorded between Tara MacDonald, John Wiese, and Eric Wood. The title track, addressed to an "engratiating [sic] conartist bitch" in Wood's most guttural death metal growl, stands out. Then comes an "Untitled" track with Wiese and Wood collaborating via mail with Kenny Sanderson to produce a barrage of harsh noise that lets snippets of a silent black hole flicker by. "Denied Psychotic Human, Pt. 2," an engagement between Wiese, Wood, Erik Hoffman, and Jorge Martin, creates a space for more of that caricatured (but enjoyable, even requisite in small quantities) beyond-the-grave ranting. But the disc's highlight is its last 40 minutes, evenly split between two extended instrumental tracks by Wiese and Wood. "Red Hurricane" and "Cosmic Eulogy" first came out separately on very limited EPs. They were definitely worth salvaging, as they are two stunning pieces of disquieting ambient music, droning and rumbling between your speakers like the aftermath of some event you dare not imagine. OK, even without the apocalyptic imagery, they can still knock the air out of your lungs even though they remain rather quiet, all things considered.

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