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Beherit - Electric Doom Synthesis
Review: Extending the sweeping motion of darkness that signified the rudimentary technique and immersive narration of black metal works from Beherit, the second album in the ambient experimentation of this band creates a tactical layout of morbid poetry through layered textures and melodies of electronic genesis. This music must be differentiated from the "dance" portion of electronica, as while it is rhythmically powerful its goal is to render dark moods and a changing sense of the epic through chaotic creation of value.
Much like electronic body music in its formation, Electric Doom Synthesis uses digital percussion as a foundation upon which rest layers of changing keyboard or synthesizer, with a radio-static voiceover calling rigid industrial vocals over the melee. Abrupt and often sickeningly hopeless melodies encurl a throb of life to the momentum of rhythm and become symphonies of abstract space expanding as potentials open or changes like death become inexorable, letting memes of the masterful sense behind the art, the meta-mood of willpower rendered naturally like the creation of celestial bodies, evoke the passions that lie sleeping in humankind.
Majestic excursions into lush harmonization and its internal counterpoint of uneasy balances between notes, the music of Beherit vomits its internal motivation into a conceptualization of desire on a mythological level, in which darkness and light conspire for a creation that is unending, eternal, and massively dwarfing the existence of humans. Erratic thoughts in drifting pseudopods of smokelike sound become logical as sense departs for ancient cities below. Where each piece is great, it is also negative and simplistic, and from the highest builds the lowest and to lowest returns.
Themes from Drawing Down the Moon and other Beherit works are sparsely cited in material of which the majority is new and of a new version of the creative essence behind this band, crafting subtle progressions of riff and layer over the course of each song to create a technological micro-opera. Existential issues overflow and the pure rage of life and sustenance seethes throughout diligently planned narratives in which the extraneous disappears in favor of nothingness or paralyzing intensity. In its sense of descending or "going under" this album resembles previous works and exceeds them for commanding organization of disparate parts.
Where electronic music has a long history of being party fodder for socialized chimpanzees, its genesis came from a Bauhaus movement in art which sought to revive the absurdity and vivid nature of experience as its source of motivating rationality and emotional awareness in the strange ride called life. Ancient in conception and modern in realization, this spirit emerges in fundamentally blasphemous and evil music which uses the digital machine to render sound in which an inner spirit of effectiveness and desire predominates.