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Boomkat Product Review:
Swiss post-metal duo Strom|Morts make self-styled "Alpine drone" music using guitars and modular synths, and their latest is a grim aural tour of a decommissioned French nuclear power plant.
The Malville Superphénix was commissioned in 1985, built in France not far from the Swiss border and active for just 53 months. When it was finally opened in the mid 1990s, it was plagued by protests, spiraling costs and technical shutdowns, and it's still being dismantled. Strom|Morts have based their newest full-length on the plant, fashioning a suite of 12 drone compositions that are intended to take you from room to room while the machine was fully operational. Pulling influence from metal as well as industrial music, modular experiments, post rock and metal, they emphasize the darkness and doom of the terrifying project, feeding into the global negativity over nuclear power.
Synths rasp and drone over carefully picked riffs and wails, while processed field recordings are used to fill in the gaps. There's nothing particularly new here, but the duo do a good job of making us feel ill at ease without resorting to contemporary soundtrack tropes. Stick it on after midnight and see how long you last.