Moloch / Yudlugar - Dissonanz

3 songs
10:10 minutes
Legs Akimbo

Moloch page / Yudlugar page

The two artists on this split 7-inch record couldn’t by any more different. Moloch is a one-man experimental black metal project that has released over seventy albums, singles, splits,… in his decade long underground career, while Yudlugar is an English speedcore producer for whom this is the first physical release.

Side A contains Moloch’s five minute long Depressive Visionen eines sterbenden Horizonts, a track which despite its German title seems to be sung in the Ukrainian language. This is neither the old school noise attack style of the pioneering Norwegian bands, nor the more contemporary symphonic bombast of later bands. Instead we get a slow, crawling number full of darkness and despair, with a heavily distorted guitar, a plodding rhythm section and rather clean vocals full of hopelessness. I could get rather used to this.

On side B, things start again with yet another track from Moloch. This time it’s Ljosalfaheimr in a speedy breakcore remix by Yudlugar. The black metal roots are still intact, but the incredibly fast and primitive beats push this into a whole different arena. Even more extreme is the following two minute blastbeat track Fist by Yudlugar, which comes at an estimated five zillion BPM. This is pure noise, totally removed from anything associated with music. But hey, it’s ultimately just two minutes of good, un-clean fun… probably something like the acoustic equivalent to the cinematic masterpiece Two Girls, One Cup.

In the end, despite my advanced age of forty years, I prefer digital music files, because after collecting music for so many years, it seems to be the more practical way. So I don’t really know how to rate a 7-inch which eventually is only ten minutes long. Especially since Moloch is offering hours and hours of free music on his Bandcamp page. But I guess that the progression from bleak despair to unparalleled noise is quite fascinating. Add to this that this record comes in a one-time limited edition, I dare say that collectors of rare vinyl should consider acquiring this short piece of musical extremity. And while we’re at it: check out Yudlugar’s video clip of Fist for an all-time gross-out moment!

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