How me and this project go back, I described four years ago in my review of the “Hidden Histories” tape.
The activity of this project goes back well into the previous millennium. As a matter of fact, the initial release of “Abscission” marked 25 years! First released on tape, now three tracks are added and the same label has made the release available on cd.
As on most releases of the project, the sound is varied. the album opens with dark ambient, continues with slightly ritualistic dark ambient with some rhythm and chanting bringing a faint reminiscence of early Coph Nia. The next two tracks are more dark soundscapes and with “Autumn Black” we slowly work towards more of a ‘noisescape’. This erupts into a death industrial track called “Open The Night Sky” with the extreme vocals that you hear in Murderous Vision tracks every once in a while. A quieter track closes the 50 minute album.
The dark ambient tracks are pretty dark. Not the kind of music that I listen to a lot, but not bad at all. I prefer the rougher side of this project so I am treated with one track.
An album for people who like the dark rumbling border between ambient, industrial and noise.
Once upon a time there was a label called “Somnambulant Corpse“, later “Somnambulant”. This is one of the few labels that sent me promos (which is fine btw). There was a bit of a problem though. Many Somnambulant releases were soundscapish dark ambient, often not really my cup of tea. This caused the contact to water and I not think the label has existed very long either. Typical for the label were the DVD box packages. Somnambulant has released (launched?) some classic artists like Post Scriptvm and Murderous Vision.
When Somnambulant released a split cd with Kuru in 2003, I had already known Murderous for four years. “Blood-Brain Barrier” was the first (and one of the few) real noise album on Somnambulant. However I do not believe I was much ‘into’ noise at the time, I apparently liked the album. Listening to it now, I would say that it is rather chaotic, but the slow rhythm, low frequencies and extreme vocals make some tracks a ‘fun’ listen.
Apparently Murderous Vision kept recording, not on the least labels either (L.White, Annihilvs, but mostly on Live Bait Recording Foundation, the label that acquainted me with this American project in the first place).
When browsing through the catalogue of a distro with a lot of noise, my eye fell on this 2014 tape and I wondered what Murderous Vision would sound like today. I got myself one of the 100 copies.
“Hidden Histories” opens with great low-frequency noise. Deep rumbling rhythms, here and there vocals. Minimalistic and fairly monotous, but I like it nonetheless. One track is more industrial, another goes more in the direction of power electronics. An enjoyable tape indeed.
I will have to listen to some more Murderous Vision. Deezer has one album, “Life’s Blood Death Embrace” (2006 Live Bait), this one is more dark ambient. There seem to be plenty of other releases to hunt down though.
As you may expect from the bandnames and title, this is a noise cd. Finally a total noise cd on Somnambulant Corpse. I know Murderous Vision from the Live Bait 2mc compilation (1999) and of course the Somnambulant 2002 compilation “The Outsider”. Also Kuru can be found on “The Outsider”. Both bands present something far more extreme on this violent split-cdr though. MV opens with chaotic noise with screeching and rambling. After a relatively tranquil track all hell breaks loose and you get a smack in the face with three extremely violent tracks which I find highly enjoyable. Slightly rhythmical, low frequences and with distorted sounds and vocals. I especially like the fifth and sixth track which remind a bit of Propergol (first cd).
Then on to Kuru. Very ‘noisescapish’ on “The Outsider” and also here this is a description that I could use. The first three tracks go over in chaotic noise though. Not as good as MV, but still interesting.
Not bad for a noise cd actually. Not bad at all! Keep expanding your limits Somnambulant!