Sunday, January 22, 2012

Contrastate - "A Live Coal Under The Ashes" CD

Originally released as a limited vinyl LP/CD package back in 1992, "A Live Coal Under The Ashes" shows this now-defunct UK experimental group at their best. The title track (in 2 parts) melds an ominous drone with low-intoned chants, seeming much like the ritual sounds from some long-lost tribe or a late-night mystical gathering. "The Fingers Of My Foot" is another effective simple tribal/ritual trance piece. "An End Marked By Pessimism" is 9 minutes of cinematic ambience using natural sounds, tribal drums, drones, and gray washes of electronics to great effect. The final two minutes include a declarative bit of spoken poetry atop the percussive drones, reminding me of mid-period Test Department, even. A superlative album for fans of mystical post-industrial ambience. (Tesco Germany)


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