Endless Time – Force c62
There's some solid psychedelic drone being pumped out here, but the lo-fi recording is just killing me. You just start to get into a piece and then some tape hiss or synth feedback flares up and wrecks it. I get that Endless Time wanted to add a bit of fuzz, make it gritty, but it's just not doing it for me.
Forest Funeral – Demo cd-r
This is what I think of when I hear people say 'dark ambient'. Creating a depressive ambiance, Forest Funeral drags you down into utter bleakness. My only, minor complaint with this is the last track, included as a bonus, doesn't quite mesh with the mood set by the earlier pieces. I'm definitely going to be checking out more of Forest Funeral's work.
Smell The Stench
Orphan – Gone Tomorrow cd-r
Orphan's sound has evolved noticeably since I Don't Have A Home. Aside from the increased presence of vocals and percussion, Orphan has drifted away from drone and toward ambient and dreamy pop, with some tracks having a rough, industrial edge. That description really doesn't give the the music on Gone Tomorrow justice, so how about this; it's damn good and you should hunt down a copy.
Sathanas Urine – We're Nothin' More Than Sathanas Urine cd-r
Honestly, I don't know what the fuck to make of this. Total lo-fi, harsh, black metal chaos with this weird rock n' roll undertone; it's all over the place. Oh, and each song is around 10 minutes or more. Maybe the closest comparison I can think up is Vondur? Happy Flowers playing black metal? Who the fuck knows.
Smell the Stench
Yana/Make Believe Bombs – Split c20
Up first is Yana with some top notch audio collage work. Found sounds get blended with some synth howling to create an nicely layered work. On the flip MBB starts out with a lone horn improving, then some low key electronics join in and things get dreamy real fast. Somewhere along the line that horn fades away and things become very minimalist; just a hint of that synth accompanied by a foreboding scraping sound. Why u no have this?
Felt Cat Records