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Split Album - Carved Image of Emptiness / Zinc Room
Thursday, May 01 2008 @ 01:00 AM PDT
Contributed by: Sage

Carved Image of Emptiness / Zinc Room

Artist: Split Album / Collaboration

Title: Carved Image of Emptiness / Zinc Room

Genre:  Experimental Industrial / Experimental Neoclassical / Industrial Noise

Carved Image of Emptiness
01 L.I.M.
02 20th Century Dead
03 White Lie?
04 Art of Totalitarian Profanation
05 Despectio Sui
06 Moving Dead Bodies
07 Circulus Vitiosus Deus
08 Biomechanical Dominion

Zinc Room
09 In the Night
10 Cold Motionless
11 Irretants (Morning-day-evening)
12 God Created – Mechanical Dead Talks
13 Industrial Requiem
14 Surgical Steel
15 Ocean
16 The Slit

It would appear that rather than be a traditional split release, this is more of a collection effort of two full-lengths from these two bands featured from the same general location in Russia.  Unfortunately, it would appear that information about either of these two projects is hard to come by at best.  It would appear that Carved Image of Emptiness is the more experimental project of the two, flowing about in a rather unpredictable manner between neoclassical and industrial noise.  The album opens with a rather harsh track with distorted guitar and repetitious industrial beats and background noise.  Ironically, the following track leaves behind the industrial tendencies to flow into a rainy sounding evening which in turn transforms into an almost epic but strange woodwind neoclassic track.  This would fit in with any modern horror film, especially with a slightly comedic edge.  It has that kind of slightly sarcastic sound about it though somehow maintains its unique type of darkness.  The following track again turns a random corner into a more lo-fi sounding track, like some cheese-filled halloween CD's you may have heard in the past.  These tracks can go anywhere from studio professional to Casio keyboard laden industrial tracks.  The only real constant to flow through the entirety of Carved Image of Emptiness' side of this effort is their horror-sound appeal. 

The ninth track and Zinc Room's first hits with a bang, or rather, a loud squeal signifying the change from industrial-oriented classical into full-fold industrial noise.  At times the music gives slight moments of melody but only through the heavy veil of walled harsh noise.  These last 8 tracks are absolutely unrelenting, especially at loud volumes and to even get an aural glimpse of what is through the looking glass, you almost have to walk through shards of it.  That is to say, if you can't deal with the noise, you won't find the prize of the beauty behind the screen.  Then again, this is only present for a few tracks.  For the most part, this is a rather generic industrial harsh noise effort, but it accomplishes what it comes out to do.  If you don't like the feeling of blood dripping from your ear drums, then I wouldn't recommend this half for you.  If you're the type that gets off on extremely hard-to-listen-to music (or the lack therefore of), then this one is right up your alley.

Curious to me is why two labels would come together to joint release two separate albums in one format, but whether the people behind each band is indeed the same or not, it remains that the music found within is professional and well thought-out.  A real gem for any fan of harsh music, or the experimental Russian scene.

     



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