Saturday, April 11, 2015

DREAMCRUSHER - Katatonia REVIEW


DREAMCRUSHER - KATATONIA

"NIHILIST QUEER REVOLT MUSIK". Need I say more? Dreamcrusher is a Brooklyn, NY based noise/dance/industrial project that I think needs no introduction. This individual definitely works as one of the more controversial and polarizing figures in modern noise. With purists turning in disgust, and hardcore techno/gabber fans perhaps finding harsher alternatives, Dreamcrusher releases music purely on their own terms - an attribute I greatly admire. 

On this specific release however, we see the project working primarily in a harsh noise forum. Primal, lo-fi production still seeps in and gives these tracks some trancy, minimal flow and body to them, but this is easily one of Dreamcrusher's harshest and most atonal releases to date. The second track "Imponderabilia" definitely showcases the death industrial, harsh dance sound fans of his have come to love. The track is slow-moving and unsettling, yet oddly catching and memorable. 

The remaining two tracks on this release works with piercing feedback, low-frequency drones, and at times some melodic and minimal synth work. The album surprisingly utilizes quite a bit of variety and diversity with only a select number of textures. I can't ever say I was bored while listening to KATATONIA. Clocking in at a little over 30 minutes, the album never really over-stays its welcome. It drones and trudges, but not in a masturbatory or self-indulgent want. 

Love him or hate him, Dreamcrusher is a unique and forward-thinking act in noise that deserves the respect and attention they've received. 

Listen: http://dreamcrusher.bandcamp.com/album/katatonia  

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