Boomkat Product Review:
Our appreciation for Pepijn Caudron's ghoulishly absorbing music as Kreng is no secret - 2009's L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu and Grimoire are both classics of the genre.
But those two records, it turns out, are the tip of a particularly chilling iceberg: as a long-time member of renowned theatre troupe Abattoir Ferme, he's been crafting suitably arcane gothic overtures for theatre performances for several years now. The best of these works from 2007-2011 are here collected by Miasmah across four LPs in one box set, and it's an engrossing, disturbing haul indeed.
'Monkey' features two movements that ratchet up the tension before exploding: Part 1's oppressive dronescape is gradually carved up to shreds by martial snare rolls, and part 2's industrial drift breaks out into an unexpected bout of EBM-techno. 'Tourniquet' showcases a more genteel, classically informed side of Caudron's sound, with the influence of Badalamenti and Ligeti looming large, while 'Snuff' is a veritable symphony of undead marching band themes, swelling Caretaker strings and blood-curdling foley effects right out of the Berberian Sound Studio.
Part 1 of 'Mythobarbital' is masterful, literally begging to soundtrack some impossibly stylish, ultraviolent modern-day giallo, while the distant vocal phantoms and sparse, skeletal drum hits of Part 2 make us think of Lustmord, Aphex's SAW II and even Raime.
A magnificent set.