A horrible hack

Regen Graves

The Cruelty Of Hope

Year Released: 2019
Format: Tape
Label: At War With False Noise
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Dec 30, 2019
Abysmal Grief's frontman goes solo for this cool little release, which is less about immediate gratification than simmering disquiet and the nape-tingling dread of uncertainty. 'The Cruelty Of Hope' seeps across both sides of this pro-cassette, and while it's an improvised release it's also compellingly cogent. It shifts slyly from clear-cut synth motifs and ambient gloomscapes through to more fretful abstractions, operating in a moody, glowering space that should satisfy your cravings whether you prefer to spend your time with crackly old Popul Vuh records, modern acts like Zombi or all the labels currently resurrecting vintage horror and sci-fi scores. 

Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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