|Experimental Black Metal
July 13th, 2009
Release length: 34:16
When you first start listening to Kembatinan Premaster, you might think the recording quality is utter garbage. How could this release garner so much praise when you can barely hear the instruments being played? It’s so muffled that it comes in as a repetitive noise. But, see, that’s exactly the glory of this release. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly is happening, but it basically sounds like the album is composed of white noise by taking a mastered drum track and whatever else is involved instrument-wise, and run through various cassette recordings, degrading the studio quality of the release after each time, as well as plodding the final product down in volume. What comes out next is sort of an Industrial white noise that, if you pay attention, you can kind of make out the underlying beat of the song through it. Then, a simple, often droning, guitar track is layered on top of the newly created white noise sound that makes up the lack of professionally recorded instruments and creates a very dark and evil vibe to the music itself with deeper Black Metal wails being performed over all of it. That is the best representation of how this album sounds that anyone could possibly give, and the thing about all of this is that, while it sounds lame, it’s highly addicting.
This release is a great effort to have on in the background if you’re just looking for something to break the silence, adding a creepiness factor to whatever your scheduled activity may be. “Melancholike” and “Bloud of the World” make the best tracks for this due to being much longer than the rest of the album, and the pace of the song shifts around a little more. These are also great to sit down and study exactly what is going on with the album to develop a greater appreciation for Kembatinan Premaster as a whole. There are plenty of moments that you will be able to listen to the underlying patterns and beats in the muffled noise to hear alternate drum beats, as well as what can only be described as a possible bass riff through “Bloud of the World”. Some of the songs on this release also come at you stacked, which makes it seem like you are listening to a track that just changed direction. The title track, “Kembatinan Premaster” does bleed into “Pious Breath”, and again “Bloud of the World” bleeds into “Sundowning”.
The only negative aspect of this release would be the longer then normal silent moments at the end of the tracks. Most songs will have maybe one or two seconds of silence between tracks, but in the case of “Blood and Souls”, as well as “Melancholike”, there is a much longer silent gap between the songs that kind of disturb the overall flow of the album. The only time silence is added and doesn’t last as long is at the end of the track “Hatefull Unto God” since the closing track, Homerica Medicatio” kicks in pretty much immediately. Outside of that, some of the tracks will feature some obnoxious higher volume noises. “Sundowning” has some noise effects added that are a little aggravating, but can be blocked out after a little while. “Hatefull Unto God”, however, starts off with this really high-pitched industrialized shrill, like nails on a chalkboard but higher pitched, that goes through about half the song before the music seems to just stop and give into a repetitive pounding noise that also appears randomly through the CD and seems to act as more of a segway between some elements for the songs, as well as a way to end the track and bleed it into the next.
Many claim that Kembatinan Premaster may very well be the next step forward for Black Metal, and if done right it could very well be an important step in favor of the style. The concept of this album is bold and definitely lives up to the experimental aspect of the band, but this Havohej release is truly worth checking out. Outside of the fact that this release is highly addictive once you grasp the concept behind it, there’s so much about it in the background you can discover if you pay attention and listen to the underlying aspects in the background noise that makes up everything else on here aside the vocals and drums. Due to this, there’s a great deal of replay value, leaving you going back to see if you happened to miss anything interesting int he background noise, as well as just pop it in as something interesting to kill the monotony of the surrounding silence.
01. Kembatinan Premaster – 2:40
02. Pious Breath – 2:08
03. Bloud and Souls – 3:45
04. Melancholike – 10:31
05. Bloud of the Word – 7:15
06. Sundowning (Destroie Men and Beasts With Lookes) – 2:53
07. Hatefull Unto God – 2;51
08. Homerica Medicatio (Instrumental) – 2:13
|Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10