Theologian – A Means By Which To Break The Surface Of The Real

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It may not sound like it to some, but making Ambient or Noise music is hard. Sure, the technical skills required by more traditional instruments aren’t required, but without the comfortable short-hand of riffs, choruses and the other elements of Pop/Rock songwriting, composition can be considerably more challenging. Anyone with a laptop can make some spooky noises and put them together, but making them interesting and engaging is another matter entirely.

On A Means By Which… (Redscroll/Annihilus Power Electronix), Theologian wield the familiar elements of roaring wind-tunnel distortion, ominous Noise and occasional distorted vocals to create the standard-issue sense of dread and dislocation across four tracks, but they also nod to their “Industrial” tag by incorporating languid programmed beats on some tracks. Though it’s hard to pin down exactly what stops AMBWTBTSOTR (even the acronym is too long) from really taking flight, these beats would probably be my vote for single biggest cause – too regimented and ordered to support the sense of dense, claustrophobic chaos achieved elsewhere and too withdrawn to really engage by themselves, they break the atmosphere without adding anything else to replace it. There are times, for example during second track ‘Surface Of The Real’, when they succeed in building up quite a menacing swagger, but it fails to really deliver into a satisfying pay-off. It’s a cliché, but nothing on here goes beyond the level of wallpaper – nice enough to have in the background, but nothing that’s going to engage you by itself.

Ultimately, The Album I Am No Longer Going To Name falls into that most frustrating of categories – There’s Nothing Really Wrong With It, I Suppose, But It’s Just Not Special Enough. If you’re looking for nothing but vaguely spooky background sounds then there’s nothing really to fault here, but Theologian’s ambitions to transcend reality or subvert perception fall far short of the mark.

 

5.0/10

 

RICHIE HR

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Apex Fest VI Announces Schedule Of Dates

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Apex Fest VI has updated their lineup for their three day event, held at TransPecos in Ridgewood, Queens and the schedule is posted below.

APEX VI – An Apocalyptic Music Event

APEX FEST TOUR I:
w/ Trepaneringsritualen, Aderlating, IRM, Sutekh Hexen
May 31: Machines With Magnets – Pawtucket, RI
Jun 02: Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 03: The Crown – Baltimore, MD

APEX FEST VI MAIN EVENT

I – Jun 05: Trans Pecos – Queens, NY
w/ Jarl, Omei, Article Collection, Arbiter + films/visuals by Martin Bladh, Karolina Urbaniak

II – Jun 06: Trans Pecos – Queens, NY
w/ Gnaw Their Tongues, Trepaneringsritualen, Menace Ruine, IRM, Burial Hex, Sutekh Hexen, Barren Harvest + DJs Ryan Martin (DAÏS), Shenan (Rituals NYC)

III – Jun 07: Trans Pecos – Queens, NY
w/ The Body, Sophia + Karjalan Sissit, Svartsinn, Northaunt, Havan, Funerary Call + DJs Fade Kainer (Statiobloom, Batillus, Theologian), Ben Abstract (Wrath, Bonechurch)

APEX FEST TOUR II:
w/ Sophia+Karjalan Sissit, Svartsinn, Northaunt, Visions
Jun 08: 3rd & Girard – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 10: Dusk – Providence, RI
Jun 12: La Vitrola – Montreal, QC

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Former Lord Mantis Members Resurface As Missing

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Missing. Photo Credit: Samantha Marble.

Following the news of Lord Mantis and its internal restructuring, the recently departed members have resurfaced as a new venture called Missing. The new collective was initiated by Charlie Fell (Abigail Williams, ex-Lord Mantis, ex-Avichi), Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, ex-Lord Mantis, ex-Aborted) and Jeff Wilson (Abigail Williams, Wolvhammer, Chrome Waves, ex-Nachtmystium). They later brought in longtime collaborators and previous and current bandmates Jef Whitehead (Leviathan, Lurker Of Chalice, Twilight), Sanford Parker (Corrections House, Twilight, ex-Nachtmystium, ex-Minsk) and Fade Kainer (Statiqbloom, Theologian) into the mix.

Missing has already begun talks with studios and engineers to record their maiden works this Summer for release in the Fall months. Stand by for tour dates and additional info on the band’s 2015 plans for annihilation to be released in the weeks just ahead.

Theologian Booked Upcoming Shows

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New York Industrial/noise/power electronics entity Theologian has booked upcoming shows.

They have released their latest recordings, Pain Of the Saints, via Malignant Records. — the first disc, Piss, and the second, Jism. With twenty-one nightmarish hymns orchestrated by Theologian Prime, a.k.a. Leech, and featuring returning collaborators Matt Slagle and Fade Kainer (Batillus, Statiqbloom), guest contributions from David Castillo, Joan Hacker, Crimson Joules, Christiana Key, Matthew Melnick, Eric J. Morgan, Jessica Way and more also infiltrate the mix.

Stream Pain Of The Saints here, and Some Things Have To Be Endured via Crucial Blast here.

Pain Of The Saints follows THEOLOGIAN’s Some Things Have To Be Endured, released by Crucial Blast in 2013 on CD and digitally, and followed by a massive vinyl edition later. With eight new tracks of punishing black industrial, apocalyptic darkwave frequencies, and nerve-rending electronic deathscapes, Some Thins Have To Be Endured is a collection of collaborations between Theologian and a lineup of female vocalists/artists from both within the industrial / noise / dark ambient / coldwave realm and beyond, with contributions from Rachael Kozak (Hecate), Kristen MacArthur (Sewer Goddess), Rachel Maloney (Tonikom), Nikki Telladictorian (Prometheus Burning), Patricia Benitez (Fetish Drone), Gillian Leigh Bowling (Teloahqaal), Christiana Key (Delphic Oracle), Joan Hacker (Factoria), Shari Vari (Void Vision), and professional opera singer Melissa C. Kelly. The album was co-produced with Derek Rush/Dream Into Dust and mastered by James Plotkin.

Mar 20: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Dispirit, Vorde, Anicon)
Apr 17: Holy Underground – Baltimore, MD (w/ Father Murphy, Jeff Carey)

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