Review: Netherworld - Kall - The Abyss Where Dreams Fall (2007)


artist: Neth­er­world
release: Kall - The Abyss Where Dreams Fall
format: CD
year of release: 2007
label: Mondes Ellipt­iques
dur­a­tion: 52:44

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com

Kall - The Abyss Where Dreams Fall is one of Aless­andro Tedes­chi (Neth­er­world)‘s latest albums, this one on Mondes Ellipt­iques, a sub­la­bel of the Cana­dian Angle Records. I remem­ber say­ing about the pre­vi­ous album, the quite relax­ing Mør­ketid, that I didn’t find much isol­a­tion­ist sounds in it, des­pite the label descrip­tion of Alessandro’s Gla­cial Move­ments. It seems that I should have listened to this album, then, as Kall is full of min­im­al­istic, oppress­ive dark ambi­ent sounds.

The album is divided in four long parts, adding up to a little over fifty minutes. “Part 1” con­sists mainly of a very heavy and deep, yet soft beat, mixed with higher pitched sounds and samples. This is incred­ibly dark and ghostly music to my ears: an abyss indeed! Faint vocal pat­terns are intro­duced in the second half of this track, which enhances the eerie effect. The second track starts with the loop­ing of a muffled clang, which really pounds into your ears as it fades in. Almost imme­di­ately, other sounds, quite bey­ond my recog­ni­tion, join in and ham­mer home that nearly horror-like atmo­sphere again. The rhythm changes shape halfway, but is clearly dis­cern­ible through­out the track, and it is joined up with faint scrap­ings and squeaks. “Part 3” is the big one, last­ing well over twenty minutes. It goes a bit more in an impro­visa­tional dir­ec­tion, lack­ing a theme that con­tin­ues through­out the track. This adds a nice touch of vari­ety, as the track meanders about, without los­ing the dark atmo­sphere, though. The final track is shortest, and closes off the album with a final series of deep drones and… well… surges - like a beat, but stretched and obscured to such a degree that it’s more like a wave of sound.

Once again, Neth­er­world proves that first impres­sions can be deceiv­ing. The grey lines on white art­work sug­gests some­thing abstract or glitchy to me, or more arc­tic and gla­cial sound­scapes. Instead, Kall proved to be a heavy slab of true dun­geon music. The pro­duc­tion is crisp and clear, and the con­trast between the crush­ing low-end and other sounds is per­fect. It’s def­in­itely not an access­ible album, though; even less so than other the work of artists who ven­ture into this realm of dark ambi­ent. There is not all that much sound vari­ation, let alone melody, but what little is left makes for some excel­lent dark sound­scapes. In short, this is qual­ity stuff, but only if you dare to ven­ture here.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

1. Kall - Part 1 (14:27)
2. Kall - Part 2 (9:12)
3. Kall - Part 3 (21:11)
4. Kall - Part 4 (7:54)

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