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TERRODROWN  Colonize And Regulate  CD   (Infernal Kommando)   11.98
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Vicious industrial black metal from France that bears some similiarity to another French black metal band that we're big fans of around here, Blut Aus Nord. There's worse bands that you could be compared to, and Terrodrown has a dark, warped sound that reminds me of BAN's The Work Which Transforms God , blending together cold industrial sounds, blazingly fast and dissonant black metal, and ominous otherworldly ambience. Where Terrordrown make their own mark is in the details, using samplers and synthesizers to build a dense, inhuman world of orchestral sound around the hyperfast mechanical blastbeats and whirlwinds of atonal riffage and blackened croaks. Their basic sound draws from classic old school black metal, but it's warped and processed through banks of effects and electronics and programmed beats, a Borg version of frosty Scandinavian blackness. Which compliments the hellish terraformer nightmares and Lovecraftian sci-fi horrors that fill Terrodrown's lyrics. Vocals are harsh and blown out, pushed past the brink of distortion into furious timestretched smears of screeching hatred. Guitars are bent and mangled into dissonant, alien riffs and bizarre atonal melodies, and the programmed drums are way up front in the mix, going from ultrafast blastbeats to herky-jerky fills, and most of all lots of martial snares, snare drums cracking and rolling as if Terrodrown was about to launch into some kind of blackened cosmic war march, the rat-a-tat of the martial marching rhythms appearing all over the album. There are spaced out guitar melodies and stretches of slow moving black drift, huge blasts of Wagnerian orchestral strings, vast swathes of murky dark ambience, majestic film-score keyboards and symphonic samples, bits of grim acoustic guitar melody, brief eruptions of crushing death industrial, haunting piano loops and Hammond-ish keys, and buzzing black metal riffs that are rendered into processed 8-bit melodies. It's wild shit, with vicious drum programming that almost sounds like spastic digital grindcore at times, without losing an ounce of their hellish cosmic blackness. Released late last year on the tiny black metal label Infernal Kommando, this is a killer album of sci-fi obsessed, rhythmically fucked industrial black metal that's especially recommended to fans of Blut Aus Nord's industro-leaning albums seeing as how Colonize And Regulate comes across as a cross between Blut Aus Nord and Grand Declaration Of War=era Mayhem, but you should really check em out if your into any of the following as well: C.Y.T., Aborym, Alien Deviant Circus, Diapsiquir, Dodheimsgard, Spektr, and that sort of futuristic, mechanical blackness. Killer. Limited to 500 copies.


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