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NEKRASOV - There is no other way EP


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During a span of years from 2007 through 2011, the Australian one-man band Nekrasov released an album a year, but then seemed to fall silent until participating in the Volume 13 collaboration with The Horn, released earlier this year (and reviewed here). But yesterday Nekrasov released a new five-track EP named There Is No Other Way via Bandcamp, as a prelude to a coming full-length. Describing the sounds on this EP is a challenging enterprise — so is listening to the music.

Howling storms of caustic noise, punctuated by rhythmic scratching sounds and what could pass for the chords of an infernal cathedral organ — that’s the way “Watcher” welcomes you into the EP’s cruel embrace. “Building a prison for yourself” is a fitting title for a song that sounds very much like the hammering of a hyperactive carpenter whose mind is just as furiously tearing itself apart; immense gouts of cataclysmic noise coexist in an unexpectedly fitting union with the voices of a celestial choir.

“Climbed out through them, on them, over them” is driven by the same kind of relentless hammering beat as the preceding track. It rages in a whirlwind of distorted, vibrating riffs and odd disgorging sounds, like the belching of a sulfurous lava flow. The distant shrieking in “With disregard” sounds like the agonies of a man being drawn and quartered, accompanied by a layering of repeating, nerve-abrading riffs and the deep, monstrous sounds of an earthquake experienced at its epicenter.

At the beginning there was a watcher, at the end there is “Watching” — a cacophony of pitch-black noise, at the center of which is the staggering sound of skyscrapers collapsing in a titanic grinding fury, with high wailing voices rising above the apocalypse.

There Is No Other Way is a mercilessly destructive, intensely disturbing torrent of black metal, power electronics, and pestilential noise. Mind-shattering stuff, but as creative and fascinating as it is harrowing.


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