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Boomkat Product Review:
Finland’s finest teams up with the boss of Sweden’s iDEAL label for an intense, steely collaborative session. Vainio has a new solo album imminent on Blast First, while Nordwall’s Psychic Propaganda set for Dom Fernow’s Hospital Productions is barely a month old, but 'Monstrance' stands comparison with both; and surprisingly, given it’s on Touch, it has a nihilistic rock ‘n roll swagger that picks up where MV’s 2011 eMego set Life...It Eats You Up left off: particularly 11-minute opener ‘Alloy Ceremony’, a macho guitar wig-out first and foremost, reminding of Fushitsusha, Corrupted or even The Stooges at their most volcanic. It seems that Nordwall brings the best out of Vainio, encouraging him to drop the Pan Sonic percussion tics and strike a little further out into the unknown. All the track titles allude to metal (in the material sense), which gives you a firm sense of the hard, grey tonal palette the duo are working with, but they generate an impressive diversity of music out of this ascetic approach: moving from the trebly P.E. scrape of ‘Midas In Reverse’ and groaning-girder industrial of ‘Irkutsk’ to the moving daybreak dronescape of ‘Praesodymium’, and reaching a stunning denouement with the kosmische-organ-led, Earth-flavoured ‘In The Sheltering Sanctus of Minerals’.