Boomkat Product Review:
Unforgivingly bleak, strung-out North American noise scapes, converging the visions of William Fowler Collins and Aaron B Turner’s as Thalassa in their debut release, Bonds Of Prosperity for the latter’s SIGE Records.
If you’re at all familiar with their respective output - Turner as member of Isis, Mammifer, and a duo with wife, Faith Coloccia, for BEB; Collins’ palmful of releases as Mesa Ritual with Raven Chacon, and solo for Type and, more recently, SIGE - then you’ll be familiar with the bare, elemental ground they explore inside, and likely armed with the knowledge that mental Goretex and strong boots are required for such territory.
In four expansive parts they trudge from marshy distortion to hard gneiss and stunning synth panoramas, embarking with what sounds like a field recording of primitives dragging boulders across vast plains to a site of worship in Pitted Aegis, then bowing and staying down to the all-seeing drone with the incendiary intensity of Secular Pyres.
Rotating your hog-tied and petrified remains 180º to face a black and blue bruised sky with the shifting, inclement weather systems and death howls of Face Obscure, they lay your flayed mind to rest in the widescreen flatlands of Revolting Corpus, with wind bitten and decaying strings leading up to an excoriating, ultimate noise destination.