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Xyxyxma : As the Glass Shatters

This is Xyxyxma's first official release [edit by author: and also their last], even though they have produced a few rehearsal demos earlier the same year. Originally this demo was released with only one track. The longest of the two tracks, 'Wamphyri', was originally meant to be a second demo on its own, but the band decided to release them together after signing with NULLL.

The music on the first track, if you can all it that, is quite hard to describe although it is quite simple. Basically it is industrial created from extremely distorted drone. How distorted? Well, the audio was originally created with guitars and bass, but can only be recognized as thunder, the turbine engine of an airplane and possibly even a matrix printer. In other words, yes, this is an extremely noisy track.

There are actually vocals on 'As the Glass Shatters', but one can barely hear them. They simply drown in their own distortion and the intense noise that surrounds it. A pity really as I think the lyrics are quite good. Even the times when the vocals do reach out they sound like a mixture of a ghost and machinery. Although they do add some interesting moments in the audio, they are still as incomprehensible as when drowned by the noise.

'Wamphyri' is a pretty basic drone track. It's nowhere as noisy as the previous one, but noise effects are used all over the place still. The vocals are now audible, although it's really hard to hear the lyrics. Although this isn't really doom metal, it still appeals very much to fans of Sunn O))) and such because the music is very doomy still. Compared to the previous track, it's much darker and depressive.

Noisy industrial is something that seems to be on the increase and with this demo, Xyxyxma seems to be leaning on the side that focuses on creating thick and solid music from the noise.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. As the Glass Shatters
2. Wamphyri

Duration : Approx. 61 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-2004 by Arnstein Petersen
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