Saturday, 2 August 2014

Album Review: MERDARAHTA - Solar Pulse

MERDARAHTA - Solar Pulse
Reviewed by: Dave Wolff
You might have viewed my review of Merdarahta’s release Breathe Electric which was posted here some time ago. For those of you who haven’t, this project is the brainchild of Topon Das who was previously involved in the gore/grind band Fuck The Facts in the 90s and 2000s. Breathe Electric is an album of experimental electronic-ambient-drone music with some elements of goth and black metal. This release is a little more simplistically arranged but as effectively delivered alongside their last effort. Two tracks of cold ambient sounds, with distant vocal effects and other effects added. The first song “Dusk” is nine minutes of bleak, resounding notes and haunting sonic accoutrements. It’s the sort of track you should listen to at night with the lights turned off to experience fully. The overlapping noises permeating it are somewhat reminiscent of Aghast, Neptune Towers and perhaps even Abruptum in a few places. These are the closest points of reference I can think of but the approach is completely original. As the song plays on you feel the energy building to a sort of crescendo and then quickly fading out. The second track “Dawn” is much shorter, only two minutes or so, as if it’s an afterthought of what you experienced previously. The vocal effects are more atmospheric and unnerving, with a little more electronic influence. For a release consisting only of two tracks this is one you really need to check out.

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