Genre: Dark Ambient
Despite the gimmicky nature of his release which is a mini CD both in the traditional and literal sense, Vestigial appears to be one of the more promising acts lurking under the dark ambient radar. This could be as a result of a lack of publicity – but if a tagline is needed than “the best album never released by Cold Meat Industry” would be apt. Think of the newer ambient orientated acts on CMI’s roster – Letum, Foundation Hope, Atrium Carceri, et al and imagine them melded together and distilled into their darkest and most disturbing essence and that should provide a rough idea of Vestigial’s predominant sound. This perception is supported through a combination of the dominant murky atmosphere, muffled and manipulated voices, synthetic strings, drones and a few bursts of static. Not that these elements or any combination thereof are limited to the Cold Meat roster, just that the particular combination utilised is strongly reminiscent of a particular sound on a particular label.
For a demo, this is quite a strong listen and if Heathen Harvest had an “unsigned artist of the month” section, Vestigial would be a nominee. But there is always more work to be done and while Vestigial clearly delights in creating soundscapes as dark as the desert at night, he would do well to hone that talent for claustrophobic atmospherics into something that can be identified clearly as belonging under the Vestigial banner.