A brutal soundscape to destroy your Wednesday.
We have a morbid fascination with the post-apocalypse. Imagination holds that there should be some global, cataclysmic event that exterminates the majority of life on earth, leaving a few stragglers to fend for themselves through a cruel, barren wasteland. Experience tells us that we’re expecting too much to be exterminated by a grand act of earth-shaking violence. That life should end, as predicted by T.S. Eliot, “Not with a bang, but a whimper.”
“Target Rich Environment”, the latest taste of Hostile Alchemy, the second full-length from David Brenner’s primary noise project is an oppressive soundscape that brings to the forefront all of the societal ills that lurk in our nightmare new world. It’s not just your imagination. The world is just as hostile as you had always feared and it is slowly eating itself into nothingness. With the addition of trumpet, thanks to Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Cardinal Wyrm), “Target Rich Environment” is somewhat reminiscent of Brad Fiedel’s Terminator theme, a little extra kismet added to your daily routine in The Zone.
Gridfailure’s latest, Hostile Alchemy is dropping at the end of this month. The album is stuffed to the gills with all-star collaborators including Leila Abdul-Rauf, Mark Deutrom (Bellringer, ex-Melvins), Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams), and Boy Wonder Christian Molenaar.