Boomkat Product Review:
Bleakly eschatological soundtrack for an unmade film based on a fictitious book. All the hallmarks of an ace LP, then…
Russian occultists Old Komm meet California’s prolific German Army on a relatively rare vinyl outing, framed as the soundtrack to “the story of a child born to a desolate, post-apocalyptic world, war torn and fractured by greed.”
Oscillating between material by both bands, this is less a collaboration, more a sort of complementary dual narrative - or Russian-American co-production - relaying and expanding on this evocative stem of a story; ''A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men. No one remembers the days before the bleakness. It would be impossible to recall the old world, if it wasn’t for the reminders. Ruins... despair... echoes of madness...and in this maelstrom of decay, I was born.''
It’s feels as though they’re recounting the same travails from alternating perspectives, and with differing palettes, accents, although they share a mutually comprehensible sonic language of weatherbeaten electronics.
German Army’s contributions tend to be more rhythmic, scraped together from scratchily hypnotic drums and dynamic dubbing, whereas Old Komm’s parts provide greyscale, tonal counterpoints rich in atmospheric detail. Combined, they speak of atrocities to come, extinguishing any hope at the end of the tunnel.