A horrible hack


Synesthetic Pareidolia

Year Released: 2017
Format: 12" EP
Label: Signal Rex
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Dec 10, 2017
Saw Nornahetta supporting Black Cilice earlier in the year and was impressed with the dense, swooping, ritualistic invocations they magicked into life. This EP comprises one 20-minute song, and while it lacks the theatre of the live show it still serves as a fitting enough sonic equivalent. No voice or instrument seems to take precedence, the song instead a cyclone of ragged everything-against-everything sound that seems to rise and fall like the ailing breath of some vile ancient god. Driven by an improvisational ethos – the motto 'no rehearsal, no writing, only death' is emblazoned on the record sleeve – means there's a definite brink-of-collapse feel to things, heightening the a sense of fraught ambience and near-psychedelic clangour they share with fellow black metallers Sorguinazia, Black Cilice and Candelabrum.

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