Album Review: Simultannihilator: Writhing Stories

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Writhing Stories

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Experimental music is, much of the time, quite contextual. Knowing how the composer is actually making a noise gives the listener a better understanding about what exactly it may mean. Not only does it help distinguish itself from literal unwanted noise (not to confused with the genre), but it gives you more to think about. Devoid of that notion comes Writhing Stories.

Noise-maker Simultannihilator bestows to us a 30-minute experimental excursion that travels shallowly through the waters of apocalyptic acoustics. The first track “Forgotten Bunker” nears lowercase levels of starkness with a dull, cyclical loop and intermittent blasts of feedback. The track plays well with extreme levels of volume, giving you lots of breathing room in-between for dynamic effect.

It carries on with the feedback tricks in “Culicidae Divinorum,” which also starts off with some tapping that evolves into waves of static. It begins to feel formulaic, and by the time it all happens again on the third track, “Every Breath from Life and Death”, the formula gets old.

The last half of the album ends better: “Insectorgia” is fun with cascading oscillations of noise that echo and chirp with horrific bitterness, while the final track does what the first one did, but more seamlessly. This album isn’t bad, but lacking of any insight into the process makes Simultannihilator’s messages unspecific and lacking a strong identity. For now, it exists as an impenetrable block of screeching and plucking, suitable for only the most hardcore noise fans, and look forward to what’s coming next.

–Keenan Ketzner