This too is definitely the case with collaboration number three: Italian post-metal band Viscera/// and German drone artist N who in his turn joined forces with German ambient act Meinein. The whole starts off with a noisy ambient piece named 'I', which has the buildup I remember from N's live performances. Then Viscera///'s guitars come blending in, harmonizing with N's layers of guitar noise for a while. After that, the latter burst loose in 'II' with energetic drums, dito riffs and black metal vocals. I like this transition.
In 'III' I can distinguish N and Viscera/// again. There are clean drums and clean whispers and a lot of dirty noise, I like the combination. 'IV is a composition where Viscera/// has invited a certain Steff for additional vocals and Ferdinando Marchisio for extra guitar power. It reminds me of the heavier regions of the gothic metal empire (think The Gathering or Theatre of Tragedy), proving that this genre is alive and kicking. But there's also a lot of experimentation with metal sounds going on in this track. The tempo varies, the riffs vary, the drums vary, which gives me a general idea of what the tag "post-metal" is about. I think I like it.
'V' brings us more of N and Meinein, a beautiful distorted soundscape which lasts for almost twenty minutes. It gives the perfect counterweight for the bursts of energy that we've heard in the three middle tracks of Das Lächeln, Deinerseits. Playing this album is like trying out a new recipe with ingredients that at first sight have not much in common. Just throw them together, let it simmer, have a look and then a taste. I think you'll enjoy it too, if you like a little experiment every now and then.