Netherworld – Kall- The Abyss Where Dreams Fall – CD -Mondes Elliptiques


Netherworld are a fairly new name to me, and having reviewed their “Morketid” CD a while back, I expected more of the same from them. However, I was surprised and delighted to find that this beautifully packaged piece contains some minor revelations.

Netherworld are the spiritual equivalents of Sleep Research Facility (see Nostromo review), or possibly Lustmord, inhabiting the murky, nocturnal depths of the abyss. In Kall, they open with an exploration of subtle rhythmicity, underpinned with cavernous slabs of sound, and reverb-drenched atmospherics and incidentals that shift focus from foreground, to the muted tones of subterranean depths . The second part is more overtly rhythmic, and traverses similar territory to Test Dept, in their “Programme For Progress” incarnation, as various scrapings, and beatings shift and evaporate over dark, resonant textures. Part three is more vaporous, and ethereal, with splinters of lightness, and twinkling, glassy overtures to light the way through abyssal, claustrophobic dungeons, and frozen tunnels. Part four further reduces the soundscape, and we are left in darkness, populated by eerie, breathy movements, and occasional activity, like errant spirits wandering in the depths, this is a sublime, minimal atmosphere that finishes the piece perfectly. This is , once again, a competently rendered piece of dark atmospherica, housed in a beautifully crafted minimalist cover..a worthy addition to anyone with dark leanings, or a love of isolationism.

Recommended. BGN


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