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DAPNOM  Paralipomènes À La Divine Comédie  CD   (Mors Ultima Ratio)   13.98
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The latest album from Dapnom presents some of the most terrifying and contemplative blackened electronic music ever from this French outfit. Over the past half decade that I've been listening to Dapnom, the music has evolved from a minimal dark ambient approach into something much more complex and detailed, and with Paralipomènes, this project is exploring unique new territory in infernal electronics.

The surreal black underworld of Paralipomènes À La Divine Comédie is almost completely unlike anything else I've heard from other practitioners of black ambience in the French underground. The album is filled with phantasmagoric soundscapes seething with activity, a totally different approach than that of Silcharde's minimal monochromatic rumblings or the sampler-driven hellscapes of Melek-Tha. If anything, Dapnom's music on this disc is closer to certain sectors of minimal electronica, with all of the delicate bleeping and metallic filigree hovering in between the terrifying blasts of orchestral power, and the glitchy fragments of rhythm and pulse that are threaded throughout the passages of dreadful dungeon ambience. This music is definitely not assembled in any random fashion. The soft clanging sounds of hammers slowly striking sheets of dull metal echo in the background, offering a steady ritualistic pace for the low, thrumming drones and high-frequency sonic granules that rush across the vast black plains of the opening track, leading the way as screams of agony suddenly swell from below, riding on a wave of squealing, carefully manipulated feedback and the thunderous roar of dissonant orchestral sound. Those orchestral sounds continue to appear throughout Paralipomènes..., a cacophonic din of de-tuned strings, warped horns, cymbals and other percussion that erupt into shocking blasts of malevolent atonality,. Shocking enough to almost make me leap out of my chair. When Dapnom's music is in a calmer, it can resemble the more minimal improv experiments of AMM, very abstract and exploratory, bits of metallic scrape and rattling percussion twisting around field recordings of ambient room noise and street life, garbled glitchery worming through oceanic waves of cymbal hiss and aged music-box melodies shattered into broken pieces. But these eerie, subdued passages are always a segue way for the explosions of black-mass horror that are at the center of Dapnom's sound, fearsome blasts of symphonic Ligeti-esque string sections, shrieking sax-like reeds and processed electronic drones swarming together into plumes of carnivorous energy, chorales of psychotic voices rising skyward as they sing in inhuman tongues, and children's choirs buried beneath layers of monstrous chanting and ominous chimes and blood-stained violins. This is chilling music, somewhere in between dark abstract electronica and the most diabolical strains of black industrial, and definitely a new level of terror from this long running project. The album looks fantastic, too; the digpack and four-page booklet are beautifully designed with metallic gold ink lettering, and include more of that great Art Nouveau-influenced artwork from Metastazis. Limited to five hundred copies...


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Sample : DAPNOM-Paralipomènes À La Divine Comédie
Sample : DAPNOM-Paralipomènes À La Divine Comédie