IRM ‎– Indications Of Nigredo

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Segerhuva ‎– SEGER 23
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Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Limited Edition
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Tracklist

A Indicator: 1 12:49
B Indicator: 2 10:21

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Recorded in Norrköping summer/autumn 2007.

Comes with one-sided A5 info-sheet in an edition of 500 copies.

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aquieupiano

aquieupiano

January 15, 2016
the noise is meh, but martin sounding like joel from vinesauce is the nail in the coffin for me
ZeroBeat

ZeroBeat

November 30, 2008

When I first heard the samples of Indications of Nigredo on Segehuva I was hooked. In 30 seconds I could tell I had heard one of the best records of the year. However, thirty seconds doesn't begin to do justice to the ten minute+ songs on each side.
Indicator: 1 starts of with low, empty rumbling and a distant, distorted piano chord. The dead space that surrounds the piano mantra suffocates you with tension. Distortion and feedback seep out as the vocals kick in. Which indicators are you looking for? When the baseline drops the song begins spiraling downwards, screams and and metal scraping propelling the descent.
Indicator: 2 is a subtler affair, relying on atmosphere, supported by disaffected vocals. Clattering metal drenched in reverb sounds like old school industrial mixed with laptop dark ambient. Again, it's the use of negative space that really creates a feeling of dread and loss. The end is signaled by a sputtering distorted baseline which swallows the song whole.
This record is so intense and brutal without resorting to ultra-harsh noise or screeching feedback. Instead it relies on emotional abuse and consistent ambiance akin to bombed-out Soviet factories. The lyrics, as always with IRM, are exceptional. Instead of relying on explicit imagery, Martin Bladh focuses on obscure pseudo-sexual topics, which are always shrouded in some sort of mystery. This 12" is definitely one of my favorite purchases of the year and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys dark ambient and slower, more experimental PE.