Lull ‎– Journey Through Underworlds

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Sentrax ‎– SET 4 CD
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1 Downwards 16:43
2 Journey Through Underworlds 12:10
3 In The Distance 45:45

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Recorded at Wall Of Silence, Aug-Dec 1992. Mixed at Avalanche, Dec 1992-Jan 1993.

Special thanks to Teresa Mills for artwork/design, J.K. Broadrick for mixdown, John Everall, Uden (Repro-man).

M. J. Harris appears courtesy of Earache Records.

Manufactured in the U.K.

© Sentrax 1993

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  • Matrix / Runout: SET4CD 10240941 01 & MADE IN U.K. BY PDO

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bonnicon

bonnicon

May 31, 2012
The debut album from MICK HARRIS's solo venture was a dark journey through the Stygian netherworlds of Hell. The listener was left with the impression of a final escape into fresh air reality, a return upon waking, with only whispy trace memories & the heavy rush of blood-pumping fear as a keepsake. With this album, we are plunged back into the weirdly dark pit of noise, all escape barred, all hope trashed. The nightmare continues, the journey through underworlds descends deeper. There are only three tracks on the album, yet it lasts a full 74'41". "Downwards" lasts 16'43", swelling out of the distance on atmospheric breathy sounds, liquid electric trickles & cavern-expanded thunder, suggestive more of chemical reaction than anything biological, rolls across the dimensions. Noises, woodenly percussive, fly with bat-like wings of echo into the darkest, most distant points. The cries of creatures, skeletally dry & pained, herald a churning dance of bone drums. "Journey Through Underworlds" stealthily slides in on animalistic noises, as of human voice distorted by electronics fades in & out. It gradually builds, the leviathan wakening, an immeasurable metabolism dissonant with biological noises. "In The Distance", the longest track at 45'45" takes us into some subterranean Cathedral, peopled by protohuman cenobites, monk-like creatures who chant along while carillons of glass-shard-sharp bells call his felow worshippers to prayer. The glass becomes gas, it's harshness diffuse, gradually building towards a watery, electronically-savage drum-based thing, a possible glimpse into the cauldron of life itself, as the amino-acid-soup & dirty sparks of piezo electric meet, trying to fuse together into the stuff of Creation. Gaining distance, moving away from the eldritch temple of Genesis, we pass through tunnels encrusted with strange crystaline growths, and move towards the heartbeat of the living rock, strangely flat, lacking the echo of the reptilian hissing which accompanies it - more felt through the walls than heard. A mutant drum rhythm grows up, a looping thing, building trance-like while liquids cascade in occasional flows, sudden storms & sparks. This becomes a constant flow, over which other sounds grow. Glockenspiel-like tuned metal sounds bump around in random forms, becoming distant as the listener moves into even darker caverns. Great sheets of pallid white sound fly overhead in stereoscopic migration, huge shapeless life-forms moving in endless amounts & at great speed. Like bone brothers of the opening carillons, strange arpeggios forge a downward spiralling series of patterns, bulding, spreading, adapting into other shapes & forms. It borders on control loss, the striated strips of bone/rock sound swelling almost to dissonance, then ebbing back again, finally disappearing on grating echoes. Where wlll LULL go next? I can only surmise deeper into the Hell they have created. Soundtracks for Nightmares.
As a sort of coda to this review, and as an answer to my own final question, I'll mention a possible impending collaboration between LULL & singer MARTYN BATES, provisionally titled "Murder Ballads". If the test recordings (which I've been privileged to hear, and am addicted to) are anything to go by, this could be a classic recording - dark, chilling Folk ballads sung against the deep booms, muted rhythms & sudden lightning jags which is the LULL sound. Timeless & disturbing, this will be an album to save towards.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.
hatfulofelt

hatfulofelt

June 11, 2011
edited over 6 years ago

I'm hoping to know if this was also released by Subharmonic in the US around 1995 as SD7015-2, UPC 026617701529.
patientot

patientot

March 5, 2009
A word of warning about the Sentrax version of "Journey Through Underworlds". I have a copy of this version of the CD and it is showing clear signs of disc rot. The disc is basically unplayable if you want to hear all the music because portions of the data have degraded. This is caused by chemical reaction in the material used to make the cd. It has nothing to do with improper handling or scratches on the disc.

I checked the bottom of the disc and sure enough, it was made by PDO in the UK. During the time these discs were manufactured, PDO was also making discs for a lot of other record labels too, big and small. I read somewhere awhile back that a large portion of World Serpent discs (Current 93, Coil, Nurse With Wound) from the early 90s had this problem. Although I cannot be sure all the Sentrax "Journey Through Underworlds" discs have this problem, I wouldn't want to risk it less you have money to burn on a defective cd.

Today, I received a copy of the Rawkus Records version of "Journey Through Underworlds" and it does not appear to have a disc rot issue. On the bottom of the disc, it says "Allied DT", not PDO.

Do a google search for "PDO" + "disc rot" and you should be able to find some websites that explain the problem in more detail.