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Satori – Kanashibari

[CD, Cold Spring Records]

Satori is the duo of Neil Chaney of noise and dark ambient experimental project Pessary and Justin Mitchell, the boss of the Cold Spring Records label.  The CD version of the vinyl album issued in 2007 as a limited edition of 300 hand numbered pressings on the Japanese label Dogma Chase, “Kanashibari” is the Japanese word for ‘sleep paralysis’.  This version of the album also features the bonus track “Pavor Nocturnus” (meaning ‘night terrors’).  Based around the concept of unseen forces at work during the night and the resulting disturbed sleep they bring, “Kanashibari” is naturally dark and foreboding.  Full of deep dark swirling tones, occasional martial rhythms and undecipherable speech, each track exposes a new aspect of the world of night terrors and the inherent fear that darkness can bring.  “Entity” for example takes the subtle route of obscured demonic voices over hazy windswept tones and edgy heartbeat like drums that combine to create a heady air of tension.  Bonus track “Pavor Nocturnus” is subtle in tone but steeped in texture and small nightmarish qualities that build and dissipate like a visitation from the darkest of demons and spectres with bad intent.  The most upbeat of the tracks is “Unseen Force” with its rhythmic martial drums and deep rumbling texture all combining to produce an adrenalin-fuelled rollercoaster ride and the impression of a desperate attempt to escape. Often focusing more on dark disturbing atmosphere and building presence, Satori are well versed in creating absorbing layers of dark sound to depict the mood they want to portray, in this case a sense of oppression, helplessness and despair.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Published on Side-line [April 14th 2009]

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