Death Ceremonies (CSR283LP)

by Controlled Death / Rudolf

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Cody Drasser
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Cody Drasser A Gollum-like ghoul prances around the charnel grounds, molesting long dead corpses, reveling in rot and playing a malevolent tune on a broken fiddle. Dried viscera and maggot-filled skulls make the fiend's mouth water and genitals quiver. Fires and nuclear explosions rage in the distance as the graveyard creep continues to take advantage of the hastily exhumed. All of this is captured on a barely functioning tape recorder. True Death Ambient perfection.
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William Nichols incredibly pleasing for something so discordant. corporeal and spectral at the same time.
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"Death Ceremonies" is the darkest, most primitive death industrial record, soaked throughout with the smell of rotting corpses and burning bodies.

Controlled Death (MASONNA) features Yamazaki's most compulsive Korg MS-20 drones and obsessive, disturbing vocals, drenched with anxiety and alienation. Dense atmospheres of doom, death and decay build up just to break away in deep paranoia. Rudolf (SCHIMPFLUCH) scratches a near-dead violin over horrifying synth tones, celebrating obscure forest rituals, unearthing an archaic actionism and long forgotten witchery - decomposing his raw sounds on dusty magnetic tape.

Maso Yamazaki (best known for his extreme Japanoise project Masonna) and Rudolf (Swiss noise-actionists of the legendary Schimpfluch circle) collaborated live and in the studio multiple times during the mid and late 90's. Both based in Osaka, Japan, a spontaneous meeting brought up their mutual interest in degraded and primitive black metal. Discussing their own latest black brews of sinister side projects gave birth to the idea of the "Death Ceremonies" LP.

Ltd x 400 copies on 180gm vinyl in a 350gsm sleeve.


released August 21, 2020


"[Rudolf] plays a very ritualistic, and violin oriented form of death industrial... field recordings and some stringed instruments gives the music more of an avant garde feeling. The grim spoken word parts also add in touches of black metal and also gives the songs more of a eastern style occult and ritualistic atmosphere... [Controlled Death] plays a primitive mixture of death industrial and Japanese noise... At times the music also brings in the brutal side of death industrial along with some demonic sounding growls and screams... Avant garde and lo-fi orientated soundscapes are also brought into some parts... more diverse as the album progresses and the production also sounds very dark... a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of death industrial" (8/10, DarkUndergroundMusicZine)


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