- Release Date 2013-02-15
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- Catalog TYPE113V
'Mercurial Rites' is the trio's first proper full-length since 2008's 'Certainty of Swarms', and in typically obstinate form doesn't pander to the noise scene's mass exodus towards the dancefloor. Instead the record is as dirt-sodden and gruesome as the band have ever sounded, and marks an evolution in industrial noise without straying far from their original intentions.
They've always been a consistent band, but 'Mercurial Rites' does a pronounced job in distilling the raw energy of their defining early LP 'Obedience Cuts' and fusing it with the disturbing soundscapes of later records 'Drawn Dread' and 'Prescribed Burning'. Tape-saturated bells and gongs push up awkwardly against pounding, funereal percussion and the kind of disembodied screams we last heard on 80s-era Whitehouse sides, and while the result might terrify some, it re-affirms what made the noise scene so alluring in the first place.
It's an unsettling, punishing sound that revels in its own abstraction, yet every clank is meticulously placed, every screech of feedback so pointed that at times you forget the layers of distortion and fog altogether. We're simply left with sparse vignettes of darkness, and in the empty silence in-between the blasts of synthesizer or white noise there's more horror than you could possibly imagine.