Chances are you have probably never heard of Tetragrammacide. But what do I know? Maybe you are well invested in the underground Indian black metal scene. Anyway, that’s not the point. Released through Iron Bonehead Productions, Tetragrammacides debut is called ‘Typhonian Wormholes: Indecipherable Antistructural Formulae’. Get it? Of course you do.
Before I go into any further details, I feel the need to point out that this is not my first listening experience when it comes to noisy music. Ever since I discovered Merzbow at the beginning of the millennium I have been quite immersed in the various noise genres.
What I do when I get a new album to review is that I give it a couple of thorough listens through headphones and also research some info on the band. Not too much info to get on these guys, not sure whether they’re consciously trying to mystify the band or if they just have a weird sense of humour.
The members are “M.Opium – All necessary strategies” and “Uragnostic Eliminator – Inveitable Operations”. And if you check out their bio on Facebook for example, it simply states “Dreadful entropic curse enveloped in the harshest militant blacknoise to germinate life & existence!” And if thats meant to be humorous, then good job! I certainly had a little laugh.
If not, then chances are they´re trying spending to much time making song titles like ‘Extra-Terroristical Chaosophic Intelligence’, and not too much time making the music. I have to give them credit for the idea behind the band. I really like their idea of mixing black metal with harsh noise, but you cant hide your shitty music behind obscure references to psychology and quasi-philosophy.
The music is noise. Sure there´s some computer drums, guitars and vocals that you can make out, but mostly its noise. And I don’t mind noise, but this simply doesn’t sound good. Like I said, a good idea, but poorly executed. This doesn’t sound evil, or punishing. The blanket of noise that engulfs 80% of the music sounds like they just found out how to make ugly sounds on a bad software synth. If you´re gonna make noise, have some fucking variety. Make it sound alive.
I’m sure there are some elitist, kvlt, raw, whatever, black metal purists that would disagree with me on this one, and I guess if you don’t know any better then you would probably argue that this is the future of “keeping it real”, but come on… This is bullshit.
Nice artwork though.