nekrasov The Mirror Void (coloured vinyl LP, £18.75)label: prosthetic
Australian one-man band NEKRASOV continues to orbit between the two poles of Power Electronics and Black Metal, but the singular focus on otherworldliness remains consistent, and while the experience is challenging to the utmost, it is also ultimately rewarding. Nekrasov is reminiscent of some unhallowed Lovercraftian vault, where the dreamer meets his dream: the abyss of mind and space alike, where he compositionally depicts the hinges in the deep recesses of the mind, that only a visionary can uncover. Pushing the boundaries of extreme black metal alongside the shadow sounds of Gnaw Their Tongues, Ævangelist, early Anaal Nathrakh and Merzbow and the like... For over 20 years, NEKRASOV has managed to produce a furious and manic sound while experimenting with a broad spectrum of avant-garde techniques beginning with his first release, Into The No-Man's Sphere Of The Ancient Days in 2007. With ambient and industrial elements colliding against his black-metal roots along with abstract vocals that approach the noise of the guitar, Nekrasov has carved out and created his own niche and cult following. His 7th full length is his first for Prosthetic Records. This is Black Metal reimagined. Not the tamed and domesticated sound possessed by so many bands today, not just another cool Extreme Metal sub-genre, but instead, an alternative history where Black Metal dives deeper into its most challenging tendencies and embraces what philosopher Nick Land would term the “Radical Outside”. Here, misanthropy is not enough, seeing as how hating mankind would still be assigning it some sort of significance. This isn’t inhumanity, this is Unhumanity, the universe existing without us. Not unlike the negative metal Nekrasov’s other project, Rebel Wizard, this is just more disturbing and alarming. Limited Purple & Black 12" Vinyl.
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