Review: Industrial Passage - Ocultismo - Bautismo (2008)


artist: Indus­trial Pas­sage
release: Ocult­ismo - Baut­ismo
format: 2x CD-R
year of release: 2008
label: The Art of Mys­ti­fic­a­tion
dur­a­tion: 1:37:45

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com

Indus­trial Pas­sage is the drone pro­ject of Antillian-Dutch Ewell Juli­ana. He has made sev­eral releases on his own before, as well as (live) col­lab­or­a­tions with Machin­ist and Melle Kramer. Ocult­ismo - Baut­ismo is a double album, released on two CD-Rs in slim­line DVD case in Feb­ru­ary 2008.

I haven’t heard the other releases yet, so I’m not sure how the sound com­pares, but the tracks on this release are based around prom­in­ent and very heavy gui­tar drones, along with what sounds like a par­tic­u­larly dark organ, but is prob­ably gui­tar as well. Other import­ant ele­ments are manip­u­lated voices and whis­pers, and the occa­sional per­cuss­ive ele­ments. “Et Bene­dictu” is worth men­tion­ing in par­tic­u­lar, as it com­bines the best ele­ments of this album’s sound. The drones are heavy, the atmo­sphere is dark and spir­itual. Very nice here is the spoken word part by Dutch radio DJ (on the excel­lent KinkFM pro­gram X-Rated) Bob Rusche.

The down­side of the album is that it is in my opin­ion a bit over­long. There is not all that much vari­ation in terms of sound between most of the tracks, and while I enjoy these oppress­ive dark sounds for about 20-30 minutes at a time, tak­ing Ocult­ismo - Baut­ismo in all at once is not some­thing I’d do very quickly. As a con­sequence, this is more of an album where you pick a track now and again, and listen to it, or even one of the two halves, but sel­dom all in one go, and that’s a pity. With some more vari­ation and ripened ideas, I’m sure some very inter­est­ing drones will come from this dir­ec­tion. All in all, I’d recom­mend the album to drone enthu­si­asts, also from a metal angle, and espe­cially those people who like to keep their eyes on the Dutch under­ground.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

Ocult­ismo:
1. Et Bendictu (8:02)
2. Nobis Pec­cat­oribus (29:42)
3. Nos­trae Mor­tis (20:30)
4. Ora­cion (6:27)

Baut­ismo:
5. Santu (33:04)

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