Review: AuditorxCrowhurst – Suppression

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Auditor’s sound is one entrenched in several musical worlds without neatly fitting into any one in particular; at once too rooted in metal to be cast as “drone” or “noise” and too electronic-oriented to be called any “metal” derivative. Crowhurst occupy a similar nether region between genre boundaries. Since 2011, Jay Gambit’s obscenely prolific project has put out dozens of releases in nearly as many styles—Crowhurst’s Bandcamp page boasts sixty full-lengths, EPs, splits and collaborations, each showcasing a wildly different sound. Needless to say, the results of the two working together were certain to be unpredictable from the outset.

Suppression forms around itself a complete musical ecosystem drawing from many worlds, straddling boundaries to envelop the listener and deliver a unique sense of alien familiarity. Superficial parallels may be drawn to other artists like Theologian, Compactor, or the Vomit Arsonist (all of whom had remixes on Auditor’s first full-length Form Destroyer), but this album stands firmly alone.

In a word, Suppression is captivating. As an album, it functions essentially on two levels: the visceral and the cerebral. By nature, the former is the more obvious on a first listen. At its core, this is a noise album, and as such each track is constructed primarily from monolith walls of blizzard-like sound stacked miles high. Taken as such, Suppression can work as an endurance test for the unprepared listener. Though only 43 minutes long, the unwavering surface qualities can be daunting. While not outwardly aggressive in delivery, the crux of the album is certainly abrasive.

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But for all the external muscularity on display, every note is wielded with finesse and texture in spades. The fundamental sonic building blocks of the album are merely the means to an end; this is where the album’s second layer of meaning comes into play. Attempting to transliterate the conceit of music and its supremely subjective effect on each individual listener is no small feat, and not one at which this reviewer considers himself to have any skill. The appeal of Suppression is completely indescribable. Suppression concerns itself with the cavernous space between the notes.The robustly obstreperous weight of the album is fashioned with phenomenal expressivity such as to assimilate and astound; the resulting balance is paramount in crafting the core of the album.

This meticulously-kempt coalescence of the raucous and the refined is what gives Suppression its soul and makes it such fantastic listening. Where Form Destroyer tempered its punishing doom with dubby ambient passages, Suppression constrains itself  to humming black holes of heavy noise. And “heavy” is the operative word: while Form Destroyer concerned itself with blunt musical violence, Suppression is a jet engine sucking up and shredding everything in it path. But though its brusque exterior may ward off the faint of heart, those that stick with the album for its complete ride will reap its considerable rewards. Individual tracks become largely inconsequential: this is big picture listening at its finest.

That’s not to say, of course, that the individual tracks are devoid of their own highlights—Matron Thorn of Ævangelist and Benighted in Sodom makes particularly remarkable contributions to album opener “Your Hallowed Souls”—but each moment is granted new transcendence in the context of the album as a whole. It’s tempting to give this album a minor *flush* for its unwavering commitment to texture over any other element, but one can’t fault the singularity of vision on display.

Ultimately, this is an album best described as “gratifying.” Mired in inaccessibility, Suppression makes for an unfathomably deep, far-from-easy listen, but each play reveals new details, proffering ever further pieces of the puzzle unto the listener. I can’t claim to have yet unlocked every secret of the album—I may never—but Suppression is by all means worth the effort.

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Suppression is out now. Buy it from Bandcamp and keep up with Auditor and Crowhurst on Facebook.

 

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Great review, great album, Toilet Ov Noizzz.

    I like to play this one in my car.

  • Death

    Sounds gosh dern good.
    On an unrelated note, I give you rap nerds this.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rk5pJ0BXgY

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Isn’t that Anthony Flametano?

      • Gvrp

        You mean Fantano?

        • Edward #RIPNEGROD

          Haha, that’s his name but I meant Flametano.

          • Gvacamole Jim

            Turdthany Guantano

      • Gvacamole Jim

        Like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSe-ySVItAE

        MYYYYYYYY JOYSTICC

      • Death

        No, that’s Cal Chuchesta, Anthony’s roommate.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          Off topic but did you get my Christmas present yet? I’m sure you’ll love it.

          • Death

            I have no idea what you’re talking about. What present?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I got you a copy of Argus and both versions of Journey To The Center of the Earth by Rick Wakeman. I was going to get you the re-recorded version of Hero And Heroine by Strawbs but I couldn’t find it.

          • Death

            How? You don’t know where I live.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I sent it through the wardrobe. It will show up in your imaginary land soon.

          • Death

            You’re using the old way. It’ll take about thirty to fifty years that way.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            Damnit. Don’t expect it for another 30 to 50 years if that is the case.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

      Is this guy trying to be a comedic rapper? If so The Lonely Island does it better.

      • Death

        Your answer was wrong, please try again.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          You don’t have the joy of Strawbs in your heart do you? Because it’s almost Thanksgiving here’s a song of theirs. It has Rick Wakeman doing one of the best solos of his career.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XIw17o3Ids

          • Death

            Why do you people celebrate a genocide?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I don’t know why. Same goes for why we celebrate Columbus Day.

          • Tom Waits For Better Days

            Because of all the nice things the other ones gave them before they were slaughtered.

          • Death

            The whites didn’t even give the reds nice things before they killed them here.

          • Tom Waits For Better Days

            I guess that’s why we don’t celebrate thanksgettin’ day

          • Death

            I hope that we won’t start celebrating “Lynch the commie” day

          • Tom Waits For Better Days

            In here? Lintukodossa? Nothing so (so)vi(et)olent ever happens here! We live in a perfectly equal country. Absolutely no discrimination lile this!

  • Tyree
    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      lol, right fuck now.

      • Tyree

        Oh boy.
        Oh boy, what?
        You’re fucked!

  • Edward #RIPNEGROD

    Also, this song is one of my new favorites and imho one of the best songs this year. Powerful.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riOycnIhonk

    • I CAN’T DIE
      I
      CANNN’T
      DIIIIIEEEEEEE

      • Edward #RIPNEGROD

        I’m saying! The album is fantastic too, it’s very well developed for PExxx album from front to back. That’s that shit I do like.

  • Tyree
  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    listen to the above song in the op
    while watching this vid
    http://youtu.be/UhWUqO3w6uA

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Dropping plates and pushing boundaries! We don’t travel that o so comfortable road of familiarity here …oooooo noooooo, FUCK THAT NOISE!

    • this felt dirty, but i did it:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpL2sWLwEtU

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        haha!
        aaaaw yea…dirty GOOD! amiright?

        I use my music as a weapon!!! The way you live theres NO COMPROMISE, IN IT!

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        Damnit Jimmy! That’s the worst song of the album!

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          please provide the link JJDST!!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            The song Jimmy posted is the worst song off of The Sickness.

  • I respect that you all like this and it’s another well written article as always Christian, but I cannot for the life of me listen to this without feeling overwhelmed by static.

    • GL

      SO LETS LISTEN TO THIS INSTEAD!!! FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      FUCKING STOOOOOKEKEEEDDDDDD

      GL

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXPQR22UwO0

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        YEA MAN! & kVELTERTAK!

        • GL

          AND GOJIRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII WONT BRRRRIIIIIINNNGGG NOOOOO MAAATTERIAAAAALL IN THE AFTERRRRR LIIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

          GL

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            HAHAHAHAHAHA YEAAAAAAAAA!

          • WHAAAAAAALLEEESSS!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            DON’T KILL THE WHAAAAALLLLLLEEEEEEE! DIG IT!

          • KJM

            cha cha cha CHA CHA!!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            YEAAAAA KILLER, WHAAAAALES!!! ON UNICYCLES!

          • GL

            I FUCKING WANT TO ROCK SO HARD RIGHT NOW, FUCK.
            GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA!

            GL

          • YOU KNOW WHATS COMING NEXT http://vimeo.com/61510123

          • GL

            THE LAST TIME I SAW GOJIRA, I COULDN’T TALK FOR 2 DAYS. ALSO, I HAD TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR TO FIX MY NECK. SRS

            THEY WERE WITH SLAYER. SO I WAS ONE OF SIX GOJIRA FANS

            ALSO, SLAYER SUX, SRS

            gl

          • totally worth it!

          • GL

            I SHOULD POST THE VIDEO OF THAT SHOW YOU CAN SEE ME DURING THEIR WHOLE SET GOING NUTS. IT IS ALMOST TOO EMBARRASSING TO WATCH BC I WAS NEARLY THE ONLY ONE DOING ANYTHING.

            GL

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            YEAAAAAAA THATS AWESOME!!! FUCKING SLAYEXODUS AND GOJIRA!!!!

          • GL

            I know this one makes Papa Joe smile

            🙂

            GL

          • first time seeing this. if i had the “CUTE” rageface pic ready, i’d embed the shit out of it.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            YEA IM SO FUCKING ROCK HARD NOW!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            WAIT SORRY…I WANT TO ROCK SO HARD NOW!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAARRRRRRRRRR!

      • YEEEEEAAA BOIIII!

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        LISTEN TO THIS. I’M STOKED FOR THEIR SHOW SATURDAY! PSYCHOSTICK IS AWESOME AND THEIR NEW ALBUM IS SO GOOD!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEPXWzBEPGc

    • Edward #RIPNEGROD

      Jack I also respect you and your taste in music, I like when our taste overlaps.

      WOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRM HARVESTER

    • It is definitely an acquired taste. For real though, just taking the time to listen and read this was awesome of you to do.
      JB>>>>>>>

  • Tom Waits For Better Days

    Teh Voed Calleth! Cometh home thee Toilet Dweller!
    If I had a stamp of approval I would stamp this, day and night, in bed and in bathroom stalls. It’s that good.

  • Paris Hilton

    Dudes! Dudes! Scott Stapp from Creed is fucking homeless now! Fuck him, he’s a piece of shit that deserves to have bad shit happen to him. The news brightened my day and I hope it’ll brighten yours!

    • Tom Waits For Better Days

      Dude, awesome.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

      Why is everyone so happy about this? Am I the only person who feels bad that all his money has been stolen and he is homeless? I don’t care what he’s done to other people, he doesn’t deserve this much bad shit.

      • Tom Waits For Better Days

        Karma’s a bitch, even if I don’t believe in it. You do bad shit – you deserve bad shit and I sure as hell won’t feel bad for you. I’ll revel in your misery. But then, I might be an unpleasant person.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          I don’t think that it’s fair for someone to lose everything just because he did a few bad things. I feel like I’m the only person who feels bad for him.

          • Tom Waits For Better Days

            I kinda want to feel bad about him being homeless but then I recall when he had a home he was the most swollen as**ole in the precinct and beat his wife.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I can’t help but feel bad for him. I can’t muster up any anger towards him even if he beat his wife or did other bad things

      • Paris Hilton

        I am stoked about it! I just find it hard to feel sorry for a woman-beating, self-righteous hypocritical douche. Fuck Scott Stapp. The only good woman beater is a dead one.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          That’s where I differ from a lot of you. I have faith in humanity and I feel bad for people when bad things happen to them. He may have made some mistakes in his life but losing everything is not a fair penance for a few mistakes.

          • Tom Waits For Better Days

            Also most deserve to get to try again but that doesn’t take away your deeds. You throw crap, expect it to hit the fan sooner or later and return to sender(‘s face)

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            I’m enjoying everyone’s take on this situation, it’s cool to see the different points of view, but I really feel like your time might be better served by listening to Herukrat. Lol.

          • Tom Waits For Better Days

            It’s a good album.

          • Edward #RIPNEGROD

            YES. Nordling Rites of Herukrat.

          • Paris Hilton

            That’s good, and having faith in people is an excellent virtue. But I agree with Tom Waits, karma is bitch. After seeing him beat a woman up, face almost 0 consequences, and smile about it… Yeah, it’s kinda nice to see some bad shit get thrown his way. I have no empathy for him.

          • I believe in the power of forgiveness and rehabilitation. That’s why you Americans should send him to my gulags here in Best Korea, for some ‘voluntary rehabilitation’ and ‘voluntary hard labor’. He will then be a model citizen in my own image (including the haircut)!

          • Line 1, it’s The Void. It’d like to have a word with you about your life-loving.

        • GL

          STAAAAAPPPP the hating guys!!!!

          see what I did there?

          GL

    • GL

      All I have to say is shred.

      #STAYSHRED

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms61I54CeQA

      GL

    • Remember when he made a sex tape with Kid Rock? I’m having a hard time thinking of anything grosser.

    • Couldn’t happen to a bigger bible thumping, drunk, wifebeating Eddie Vedder ripoff!

      Creed’s Scott Stapp

      I’m Homeless and Penniless

      Shocking New Video

      Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/11/26/creeds-scott-stapp-rant-video-creed-divorce/#ixzz3KCuKOuw5

      • Paris Hilton

        The TMZ take on this amazing! However, I would like the zzzzzzzzzzzzz take on this. He knows the real truth. He sees where others are blind. He is a Shepard, we are his flock. It will be like leading sheep to greener pastures….

        • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          listen to the song in the op–while with these 2 vids–all full vol

          http://youtu.be/V41fLweroZc

          http://youtu.be/iBBqjGd3fHQ

          • Paris Hilton

            But what does it all MEAN!? I’m fuckin lost here Third Eagle

        • Read the replies from that one user ‘Bestguest’ (not my account, obviously). Wowee this guy’s brain is like a psychedelic pinball machine at this point. Buuuuuuuuuuut, reading up on the whole thing outside of his semi-Chris Benoit rants……
          -Two days without eating, and ends up in the ER? Unless he’s got the most severe case of hypoglycemia on earth, I call bullshit.
          -Homeless, but police just did a wellness check on him at his home?
          -No money for food, but can afford a Holiday Inn? HI may be cheap compared to other hotels out there, but it sure as fuck isn’t a motor lodge or a hostel.

          Fuck him. Guy walked all over everyone while he was big, has a number of things that should’ve put his ass in the brick house for a good long time (referenced and linked on that user ‘Best Guest’s comments), beat the shit out of his baby’s mom, and now expects the world to feel bad for him? Him and Blake Judd should bunk together. They are perfect for one another!

  • Great review Christian. It’d gonna take some spins to wrap my head around this completely but so far this is a really interesting album.

  • Pretty badass stuff! Reminds me of Swans a little bit, at least their older, more exprimental stuff.