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Uncertainty Principle : Distant

If you are getting used to the style Uncertainty Principle used on the previous two releases - for as far as that's possible - this release might come across as a fist in the face. Don't be misled by the very relaxed, though brooding, ambient intro, for after those few minutes, the crunching guitars slowly start to fade in.

As opposed to the aforementioned release 'Grand Unification Energy' and the split with Torture Wheel, this album is less varied. There isn't as much experimentation with samples, noises and the traditional "soundscape" form. Rather, 'Distant' - apart from the intro and outro - is much more uniform in terms of style and sound. The heavily distorted guitars and pounding drums are always in the lead, and form the full body of the album. Now and then some additional features rear their heads, such as some samples at the end of 'Calling', and the acoustic guitar that forms the melodic theme of 'Lament'.

The more mundane issues aside, one could look at 'Distant', as were it a gargantuan beast that slowly tosses and turns its monolithic limbs and body. Hideous though it may be, its apparently slow, yet steady movements mesmerise you and you can't help but let your eyes follow every one of them, until it is done thrashing.

In other words, there is something about these mammoth-like tracks that grabs you by the head and hypnotises you. It's clear that projects like this don't have "easy-listening" song structures, but if you open up to what is there, you'll quickly find that unorthodoxy can be just as catchy, for lack of a better term. In any case, this high-quality underground CDr release should be to the liking of anyone who enjoys getting drenched in waves of rough, noisy guitars, accompanied by soul-rending leads and solid drums. Not for the faint-hearted, though!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Distant
2. Calling
3. Lost
4. Lament
5. Object of the Divine (reprise)

Duration : Approx. 51 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
Aesthetic Death
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