Totenwerk : #30 & #31

Nekrokaos+Noth_coverNekrokaos / Noth : Chaos VI / Pour En Finir
Totenwerk : 2015
Format : Cassette

The Totenwerk label has become something of an obsession of mine in recent months. A small cassette only imprint operating out of New South Wales, Australia. It’s clear that the label owner has a finely tuned ear for the absolute most filthy, abhorrent and harrowing of sounds, which of course resonates very closely to my own tastes. The most recent releases are a split tape between Nekrokaos and Noth, and another installment of an Unknown Artist series that appears to be returning to the Totenwerk catalogue quite frequently lately.

Release #30 is the aforementioned split between two French acts Nekrokaos and Noth. Nekro appears first on side A. With already a few releases out on CD and LP format I’d imagine a few people are already familiar with this project, especially those who have their eyes on this webzine. Dense and distant Black / Doom, demonstrating here a far more developed sound and identity than that heard on their first full length which the only one I have listened to in great depth. Perhaps the best way to describe this is if Holocausto and Paul Ledney joined Abruptum during their demo days and recorded in Vordb’s “studio”. In short, absolutely fucking horrible and I mean that in the most positive way. The second side of the tape belongs to Noth. Noth himself also being one half of Nekrokaos, this isn’t *too* dissimilar in approach. Not quite as much low end and a tad more experimental, lots of echoing voices, subtle static, downright bizarre and indecipherable chanting. Both acts here are amazing, listen to with the lights off and a bottle of dark spirits. Sadly – I think this is the last we may hear from either of these projects.

Religiöse Weltanschauung_coverUknown Artist : Religiöse Weltanschauung
Totenwerk : 2015
Format : Cassette

#31 is “Religiose Weltanschauung” by an unknown artist. Suffocating, experimental noise to be heard here, built upon layers of reverberant subtle static churn and what I presume is manipulated samples of sutras, sung hymns… something I can’t quite pinpoint anyway. The thing is it works and makes for a listening experience that is quite demanding of your attention. Completely enveloping of the senses and almost calming at the same time.

TLDR; this is killer shit. Both released in an edition of 23 but I could easily see a larger amount of these moving quick. Snap these up ASAP before they’re gone forever.

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