[ B O L T ] + Lavas Magmas – [ B O L T ] + Lavas Magmas

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: dunk!records
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://wearebolt.bandcamp.com/album/b-o-l-t-lavas-magmas
Band Website: [ B O L T ] / Lavas Magmas

 

BAND LINE-UP:
[ B O L T ]:
Thomas Rosen
Andreas Brinke

Lavas Magmas:
Luis A. Gonzalez

TRACKLISTING:

1.  [ B O L T ]  –  [ 12 ]

2.  Lavas Magmas –
Sepsis Psychosis

3.  Lavas Magmas + [ B O L T ] –
[ 1 7 ] / Shadow Of A Grey Ghost

Review:

On this transatlantic collaborative extended play, German duo [ B O L T ] and Florida’s Lavas Magmas join forces to create a trio of tracks.

Emerging out of oppressive silence and ending up in ecstatic noise and drone, [ B O L T ] create waving sounds and crushing riffs. The band takes you on a ride across a pitch black meandering river of drones, doomed out riffs and haunting soundscapes. [ B O L T ] plays a musical style that takes black, drone and doom metal and mixes them together to create a sound of their own: A set in between the genres of instrumental drone, doom and metal.

LAVAS MAGMAS is a noise and industrial project. Started in 2008, Lavas Magmas began with a focus on field recordings and electroacoustic experimentation utilizing found objects and a variety of instruments including sruti box, harp, and home made metal sculptures. LAVAS MAGMAS has continuously morphed, integrating tape manipulation and electronic instruments but the found sound and the found object always remained the most important elements.

 

Duisburg-based [ B O L T ] are the creative force behind track one, ‘[ 1 2 ]’. It is essentially a succession of prolonged synthesiser notes, along with many ambient effects overlaid. Unsettling at times, this opener appears to have been in part inspired by film soundtracks from the thriller genre, as it contains a few jolting and suspenseful moments.

The second performance, ‘Sepsis Psychosis’, comes from Gainesville’s Lavas Magmas. Beginning with a much more uplifting intro than ‘[ 1 2 ]’, and generally having a calming feeling throughout. There is interference intermittently introduced, provided by occasional echoing, pulsating and throbbing sounds. These effects interrupt the otherwise serene mood, slowly but surely setting the tone for the next instalment.

It makes perfect sense that the last track on this EP — ‘[ 1 7 ] / Shadow Of A Grey Ghost’ — is the most successful, as it is the only one on which the two artists collaborate. Making up for over half the length of this 44-minute release, this final piece gradually builds synths with guitars which make their debut here on this collaboration, creating tension. A simple six-note piano melody plays as the synths slowly fade out during the last six minutes, this outro resulting in a tranquil final experience for the listener.

As mentioned before, ‘[ 1 7 ] / Shadow…’ works the best out of the three, as it serves as a hybrid of [ B O L T ] and Lavas Magmas’ musical styles and approaches. It is noticeably much stronger than its predecessors ‘[ 1 2 ]’ and ‘Sepsis Psychosis,’ due to its much more varied sound and the synthesisers not being as overbearing as in the pieces the artists worked on individually.

Review by Kira Levine

 

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