Christoph De Babalon: Grim Zenith 12″ EP (V I S, 2017)

July 23, 2017 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Christoph De Babalon: Grim Zenith 12″ EP

The man behind DHR’s all-time greatest album is still putting out powerful music, long after his contemporaries have faded from relevance or left this planet. This isn’t quite as unrelentingly bleak or heavy as his ’90s work, and definitely not as lo-fi. High quality sound design, with choppy drums which don’t settle into predictable patterns, and churning, vibrating bass. The other atmospheric elements don’t just float by or drone, they’re central to the compositions. There’s also a crucial element of space, so that the bass and drums hit hard and nothing overcrowds anything else. “Luxury of Sadness” has eerie strings and jazzy drum breaks, maybe coming close to “doomjazz” (I’m not 100% certain what that really is, if it is a thing at all), and it seems to sum up everything about what he’s going for with this EP. Very impressive.

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