Review: Host – Star & System

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Wanna know how to submit to The Void? Get in here. This is a how-to for embracing nothingness.

I first encountered Host several months ago while researching ambient/noise artists and immediately connected with the derelict, broken-world sounds of releases like Active Resistance and Null Pointer. Host’s sole member, Nathan Jenkins, has a brilliant talent for weaving deep, horrific and expansive tales of sound, then feeding them through a powerful/damaged transmitter that blasts away all but the strongest and most critical frequencies. Or, at least, that’s what it sounds like.

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The result is a lush, foreboding symphony of chilly static layers, endless echoes, fragmented squelches and reverberating concussions that launches your imagination toward shadowy, unseen horrors lurking just beneath the surface of our everyday din.

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The latest release, Star & System, expands on this template with four “ordeals” of varying intensity and malevolence. The name is especially appropriate, as these tracks have a decidedly sci-fi taste that attempt to articulate the sound of a reality crumbling and imploding around the listener. So in that vein, let’s take a quick look at each track.

First Ordeal | Plunging into the infinite. Witnessing the gravitational collapse of a star while station alarms blare overhead. A terrifying calm amidst chaos, panic and dread.

Second Ordeal | A communication from the abyss. A wordless yet cadenced language of ambiguous intent. The realization of an “other” in the unending blackness.

Third Ordeal | The inner workings of the continuum drive as it fails to properly fire. A fragmented journey through vast epochs of time and undiscovered dimensions.

Fourth Ordeal | Face to face with The Void. Arriving at the end of time. All things cease to exist. Embracing infinite absence while being ripped apart at the atomic level.

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“The gross must pass through fire; let the fine be tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones in the highest. Thus ye have star & star, system & system; let not one know well the other!”

 

Star & System is available for streaming & FREE DOWNLOAD via bandcamp. Go get it right now. You won’t be disappointed.

 

(images via the Host facebook page)

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  • Byah! Null Pointer was great. This should be too.

  • God

    Not into noise at all, but I can definitely appreciate a well written article!

  • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

    Will investigate this noise after work / this weekend. Excellent description.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Takk

      • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

        That time has arrived.

  • DeathRiotAct666

    Sounds dimmadamn good.

    • Dimmadamn is not a word kind sir.

      • DeathRiotAct666

        It is when you’re friends with Doug Dimmadome, owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome.

        • That guy is a dick. Does he know you like Britney spears?

          • DeathRiotAct666

          • U like sesame st too?

          • DeathRiotAct666

            I’m not a huge sesame st fan but I did watch it as a kid.

          • I watched it as a kid until I realized cookie monster was a terrorist.

          • Riotact ov Steele!
          • CyberneticOrganism

            GAH!

          • They’re shaped the sameeeeee

          • Riotockhausact 666

            I consider myself a generally nice, albeit dead, human, but I want to tie Rob’s shoes together and tell him there’s donuts in the break room.

          • DeathRiotAct666

            That’s a wild theory, sir.

    • dimmadown now!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Dimmaburga

  • Nordriot Act 666

    Oh my, it is space-y. I…I…Love it.

  • My first thought with First Ordeal is that this is an alternate dimension version of “Beat It” where the song is just the gong intro all twisted and distorted. It’s pretty sweet.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Never thought of it that way, very cool

  • Nordriot Act 666

    MY GOD! Those flutterbys/shys at the beginning of thord ordeal are ear-canal-rapingly-deafening. In a good way.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Yeah they SLAM in from outta nowhere

  • George Clarke

    omg yes

    • PagliAct is Riot666

      Batman?

      • DubyAct666

        Both Clarke and Wayne have 5 letters. Coincidence?

        • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

          Clarke has six letters.

          • Riotockhausact 666

            SSHHHHH

          • PagliAct is Riot666

            Math was never Mr. President’s strongest skill.

          • DubyAct666

            The CL is one letter. Don’t tread on me, you libtard scientist.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            #rollcoal

      • George Clarke

        me and batman are p close friends both us being super cools and all

        • PagliAct is Riot666

          George Clarke’s leather gloves >>>>>>Batsuit gloves.

          • Ty-FreeBeerAct666

            Hahahaha!!! I have no idea what is going on.

  • Ty-FreeBeerAct666
  • The Riot Ov Hell666

    I reserve the title ov Master Ov Void Metal, because of my tendency to make ambient on a daily basis that prevents sleep.

    • DeathRiotAct666

      One of us, gooble goo!

      • The Riot Ov Hell666

        exit light, enter night

        • CyberneticOrganism

          #takemyhand #nvrland

    • The Riot Ov Hell666

      I FORGOT TO WHORE MYSELF OUT; GRIM DARK BLACK NOISE, FROM THE GRIM DARK DEPTHS OV HELL https://irrakur.bandcamp.com/

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Downloaded today brother ov hell!

        • The Riot Ov Hell666

          Horns raised in appreciation!

  • nbm02ss

    I’m so confused with all the “666” going on. It’s like I’m 13 again and in an IRC metal chatroom.

    • DubyAct666

      Where yer 6’s bro?

      • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

        nbm666ssRiot

    • Riotockhausact 666

      wat no lol ur a stUupid

      • nbm02ss

        ASL?

    • RiotActEllipsis

      SLIPKNOT’S BETTER THAN MUDVAYNE! POSER!!

  • This sounds awesome. Can’t wait to check it out. Excellent review my robotic friend.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Takk, venn

  • Riotockhausact 666

    I am really excited to listen to this. Void embracing is nigh.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      It’s awesome.

  • This is my kind of music. I love music that sounds ov desolation and voids. Great for channeling a mood when writing darker things.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Absolutely! I’ve got another Gazing article coming with some pretty badass new stuff.

      • Riotockhausact 666

        Yessss. I love that series.

      • I love you.

  • Well, today was exciting.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    a good time for peace—as the new sunrise

    art—-love for all who had good intentions—but were misled into human slavery–and negated bondage of a liar who was actually a coward in the end
    ——-
    clint eastwood -honkey tonk dildos
    http://youtu.be/rlNsPzISWSA