Prolaps: Ultra Cycle Pt. 4: Hibernal Death (Hausu Mountain, 2021)

February 13, 2022 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Prolaps: Ultra Cycle Pt. 4: Hibernal Death

We’ve reached the end of Prolaps’ seasonal cycle, and this is a bleak, ugly, massive 2-hour slab of disorienting music about death and rebirth. It starts out with a long, slow industrial sludge metal opening, gradually jamming in some jagged guitar riffs, then evolving through loopy rhythms and briefly flashing back to the 2016 clown scare. It gets breaky but winding and discordant rather than fun and ravey, dipping in a few more metal elements here and there without going full on metal. “Death Tones” is a perverse, cartoonish dub escapade incorporating tortured baby screaming and acid-soaked samples of one of those early Korn songs where he sounds like the Tasmanian Devil. Yet it emerges from all this torment wobbly but still on its feet, bouncing along to techno beats and maintaining some sort of motivation to keep driving forward. The second side starts off much slower but hops up to a faster, haunted pulse for “Fun E-Real Procession”. Beats don’t always stick around, though; they end up dissolving into swamp gas by the end of the 11-minute “7 Years”. Finally, it all piles up in a panic-filled washing machine cycle and gets whisked away in thick smoke clouds, with voices and stunted chords dispersing but not entirely letting go until it’s finally cut off at the end.

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