Arnwald is a Belgian project, formed by the drummer for bands like Enthroned, Necroblaspheme, Humanitas Error Est & Lost God. Do not expect furious blast-beats or grinding guitars on this one for this is something completely different and, as I already mentioned, something deeply personal. As a fellow dark and obscure music producer, I can perfectly understand where Arnwald is going with this material. Right into his own inner self, that's where.
The tracks on this album, titled 'I' to 'XI', are collections of soundscapes, noises, repetitive industrial percussion and deranged voices. They remind me of an early Scorn, some dark ambient acts like Raison D'Etre or martial industrial acts like Sophia. For the most part, they are somber tunes, slowly dragging themselves alongside torpid percussion. Yet, here and there, as in 'VI', the whole thing turns into an industrial noise bombardment.
Other acts that come to mind, include Brighter Death Now, Whitehouse, Contagious Orgasm... At times, the musicality of the whole thing is completely gone, leaving nothing but noise and screams. On other occasions, there are hints of melody, hidden beneath a veil of drones. But the whole thing is so intense, so immersive that I kept raising the volume throughout the entire listening session. This is harsh stuff, food for the deranged brain.