Saturday, October 29, 2011
SUTEKH HEXEN - SHADOWS
The opening track "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadows" starts off slow. The atomisphere is built, setting the stage for the later half of the track. It's haunting and dark; there is no respite even at its calmest of moments. Aside from the droning lengthy instrumental start, there's something that keeps the listener engaged. "Shadows" isn't background music. Close to the three minute mark, that eerie calm is replaced by harsh hisses and distorted sounds. This track is heavily layered without giving the listener a 'What the hell is going on?' moment, much like Vermapyre. This was a great introduction to the band and will make me try and track down some of their other releases (As usual most of them are sold out small presses, but 'C'est la vie").
On the flipside is the band's logo, laser etched. Hidden is a locked groove which features another track. I don't want to spoil it, but it's another strong track from SH. Like I said above, I'm not a huge BM fan, but this is something I can get behind. Noisy, abrasive music that will please anyone into the aforementioned genres.
Since Shadows, Sutekh Hexen has released a cassette discography of their early material, a 12", and a handful more so definitely try and track these down. Holy Terror is a label that continues to impress and surprise.