Nekrasov / Aderlating: Split

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Nekrasov / Aderlating: Split
Ambient, Atmospheric Black Metal, Drone
Chrome Leaf Records
January, 2010
Release length: 47:44
The 2010 Split CD release from bands Nekrasov and Aderlating is one of the most unexpected pieces of music to show up in the inbox, mostly due to not having any idea who these two acts are. Nekrasov falls into the category of Ambient Black Metal, though the song contributed on this release is the farthest thing from Black Metal possible, coming off more as a way overextended Ambience track. The latter, Aderlating, is essentially the same thing, except with shorter track lengths obviously. Will the Ambience fans be happy over this Black Metal label release? Well, it all depends on how diehard these fans truly are.

The only track contributed on here by Nekrasov is the song “Qualities of Being Futile and Valueless”. While this track isn’t that bad, giving off the feeling that it is from some old sanatic themed horror film from the seventies or early eighties, there’s a few things to it that make this nearly twenty five minute track a little rough to get through. First of all, it’s just one track that is looped, so in essence this is actually much shorter, just being repeated. You hear the exact same sounds and effects at the exact same amount of time throughout, following the same structure. Around thirteen minutes in you hear what sounds like wailing and the whole thing just gets louder. But if you pay attention, you can actually hear when the music loops, as if Nekrasov didn’t even bother to check that it worked, or it could be the addition of a new layer of wailing like at around fifteen minutes. Once you hit the ten minute mark it actually starts to sound pretty good, with the various layers working well to create a feeling of total hopelessness, the presence of spirits, or even possibly Hell thanks to these wails being reversed, but either way the clipping when things alter is just completely annoying and will make you want to turn it off when things tone down, or already are toned down.

The last three tracks on this release come to us from the band Aderlating, which are essentially the same as the first track, except easier to take. The first two tracks by this band (“Chalic of Abalam” and “Ritus Orgia Sangin”) are the most enjoyable, the latter being better musically, thanks to the very eery feeling of paranoia one would get. The material suits would could easily be an early slasher flick in the vein of Halloween, and actually can succeed at building up some stress and suspense as you listen. However, the band’s final donated track, “Dog Semen”, is pretty much just noise with some drumming in the background. There’s no real feeling you’d get from the music, the closest you could get would be as if you are being chased through a forest by a killer in some sleek and stylish new slasher, but the raw recorded causes this track to sound like too much of a cluster. But, hey, what would you expect from a song titled “Dog Semen” anyway?

All in all, this Split CD release by Nekrasov and Aderlating is actually not that bad a release. If you are into this growing form of Black Metal, even though that term can be used loosely to describe some of the material on this release, then it will truly spark your interest to check out Aderlatin‘s two prominent contributions: “Chalic of Abalam” and “Ritus Orgia Sangin”. Other then that, a good chunk of the release is very repetative that builds very slowly and, while perfectly executing a feeling of loneliness and absolute hopelessness, the tearing between loops and layers of “Qualities of Being Futile and Valueless” kind of ruins it all in the long run. Either way, this is still something that is worth checking out.

01. Qualities of Being Futile and Valueless (Nekrasov) – 24:42
02. Chalic of Abalam (Aderlating) – 10:15
03. Ritus Orgia Sanqin (Aderlating) – 6:24
04. Dog Semen (Aderlating) – 6:23
Overall Score: 6/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Chrome Leaf Records.