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July 17, 2006 | by  | in Music |
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Mrtyu! Blood Tantra

Another quietly glittering facet of the NZ free noise/drone set, Anthony Milton has released a score of recordings under various monikers (both alone and in collaboration) on a variety of labels while also spreading the love around with his own imprint, PseudoArcana. This two-disc assault comes to us via the American(s) at 20 Buck Spin, who having taken their name from an old Pentagram song appropriately specialise in all things slow, low and bleak in outlook. Not surprising then, that they would release an act named after the Sanskrit word for ‘death’.

Mrtyu Blood Tantra pic. This 80 minute offering collects the previously released and out of print releases Burning Ground and Durga. The vaguely aboriginal art hints at what is to come, a harrowing spirit journey through the universal underworld with tribal overtones. Well… undertones. Throbbing bass is a cliché, but works here. Bass frequencies alternately groan like sleeping giants or pulsate menacingly, promising pain to come. Clatters of percussion echo somewhere in the corner, ritual gongs are struck, whispered vocals can occasionally be heard through the din and they can’t be saying anything nice. Are they terrible confessions or accusations? Everytime different, the churning static is a thousand screams unto itself.

Milton (like his poet namesake) has crafted his own report of hell; blending power electronics, the unique droning skree of NZ and sludge metal. The overall experience is somewhat akin to overdosing on ketamine and shoving your head through the screen of a television playing Once Were Warriors at maximum volume, bleeding out to the sound of a bushtelephone and brutal violence.

Recommended for masochist fans of Abruptum’s self-mutilating black metal, Khanate’s agonising psychodrama and those who think the drug induced desperation of EyeHateGod moves too damn fast.

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