Then it hit me. The irony. A long time ago, the Christians stole Christmas from some North European pageants. And now, shopkeepers have
stolen it from the Christians...
Why am I telling you this? Because, if you don't like this artificial jolly atmosphere, I have the perfect antidote for you...
On November 22nd, Sentient Ruin released Decoherence's second manifesto, Ekpyrosis. Last year, I rather enjoyed their first EP, so I was eager to check this out. Decoherence is a three-man band, but not much is known about them. They seem to be based in the UK, and the main member is Stroda, who also creates (lots of) obscure records under his own name. The music itself sounds like black industrial doom - think mid-era Blut Aus Nord. Everything is drenched in reverb and delay, mechanized drums thunder or blast along, guitars buzz, hum, drone, and somewhere deep in this sonic whirlpool you will find subhuman screaming, wallowing in its misery.
As stated before, it's not exactly an uplifting experience, and it takes some determination to finish the first listening session. After that, however, you start to discover the nuances in the different
songs, and all of a sudden it becomes an enjoyable experience. I recommend it as a background tune to a good book and a fine Portuguese wine (as I did last evening). There are five lengthy songs on this EP, and I would recommend the third one, Collapse, as an introduction to the whirling void called Decoherence. Enjoy!