Subklinik ‎– Musik For Dekomposition

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Cassette, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, C60


A1 Dekomposition I
A2 Flesh Dekomposition
A3 Dekomposition II
A4 Dekomposition III
A5 Extraktion Procedure
A6 Final Dekomposition

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  • Composed By, Producer [All Dekomposition And Produktion By]C. Davis*


Limited edition of 100 hand-numbered copies.

Pro-duplicated/printed cassette packaged in a 7" cover with poster and numbered insert.

Early copies include an acetate cover insert.

"Rekorded at DeathChamber Studio, Winter ANNO 2008.

This album was komposed using modular analog synthesizers."

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April 21, 2018
Wherever Davis was in the winter of 2008 must have been cold.

Here is an exhibition of thematic atrocities to piece together the human in all its excretory abnormality; illness, pathology, madness, debilitation, the organism's slow decay...

Like medical relics, they lie wrapped in yellowed gauze, the scent of crematorium dust hanging thick, producing a rising sense of panic at your own mortality.

With the exception of treated vocals, the pieces are purely electronic, created with a modular synth, and are delicately comprised of around four elements each grinding and undulating in a hypnotic way until they reach their terminal point and are unceremoniously extinguished.

You could quite rightly call this death industrial, but this is something more interesting.


January 11, 2011

"It looks like Subklinik’s Chad Davis from Massachusetts has had a busy time since recording this charming suite two winters’ ago, apparently inspired by “death, darkness, isolationism, sickness, perversion, [and] cold…”. In the meantime he has also managed to record a second album under the name Mortuor - his ‘power electronics’ guise, a debut album as Anu – his black metal mode, while playing keyboards for space rockers, US Christmas, and joining forces with vocalist Phil Swanson as Hour of 13, a doom metal project. So seemingly led by the more darkly dramatic of genres, Subklinik is perhaps his most prolific pseudonym, reserved for investigations into early industrial sounds.
Musik for Dekomposition has six such ‘movements’ across half an hour, each employing modular analog synthesisers to create very similar combinations that, once established early on, are left to permeate a bleak and barren atmosphere with minimal modulation. The cassette opens to a machinic throb whose fast spin cycle is interrupted regularly by a crushed, distorted stab that keeps time as an abrasive wind rises and falls. Similar monotonous layers form the basis of all tracks, recalling the limited palette that underscored TG’s early work.

Points of difference can be found, though: the first three tracks have a subtly submerged baritone vocal intoning undecipherable syllables, giving them a foreboding sense of arcane ritual as the layers swim around gradually strengthening across the length of each track. But perhaps the greatest contrast between them are the tempos imposed by the grey synth pulses, from the slow and brooding opener, followed by the more complex rhythms of ‘Flash Dekomposition’, to the bludgeoning, car alarm-paced march of ‘Dekomposition III’, which, bereft of any other ingredients, is surely the most primitive piece of the set.

Consequently, ‘Musik for Dekomposition’ is largely an uneventful and unobtrusive work that acts like ambient music was originally conceived to – casting a mood on the environment without being too prominent in itself. And the mood conveyed strongly here feels dryer than decomposition, more suggestive of a cold, lifeless landscape rendered uninhabitable by all but machines whose carbon-based creators have long since decomposed. Although long since sold out on cassette, Musik for Dekomposition has recently been re-released on CD by Australia’s Fall of Nature Records ensuring its decaying disposition lives on."


April 1, 2010

"Never before released full length recording from Subklink, who create some of darkest, most morbid death industrial/necro-soundscapes in existence, as inspired by reality, death, darkness, isolationism, sickness, perversion, cold, Atrax Morgue, MB, Korpse Korpses Katatonik, Mauthausen Orchestra, Brighter Death Now. Lo-fi, unsettling, and ultra grim, this immediately takes me back to the early-mid' 90s and the heyday of the Slaughter cassette scene" JASON(MALIGNANT RECORDS)

"Browsing the forum boards a couple of weeks ago and found the cassette "Musik For Dekomposition" being advertised. Troniks / I Heart Noise forum board thingy. Something struck a chord in the sub conscious and I put pen to paypal and ordered a copy. It was whilst going through some LP's a couple of days back that I realised that I had a Subklinik track on the "Natural Order" compilation set thatStateArt put out in 1997. (White Box copy). Damn good track too - so that information must have been sat there in the dark recesses of....for 13 years and the name pops up again. Research time. Subklinik is the project name of Chad Davis (what is Chad short for)? from Mass. USA. The cassette (a one-sided C30) comes packaged in a 7" single sleeve with a transparent cover. Reminded here of the Controlled Bleeding cassette "Distress Signals" that Broken Flag put out in the mid 1980's.Infact the whole package has a sense of mid 1980's. Style and content. All "C"'s are replaced with "K"'s : "Extraktion Procedure" + "Final Dekomposition" as exhibit A + B. Back in the mid 1980's I flirted with a couple of solo projects / releases as A:A:K + TheStreetcleaner. "D.M.P.K. - Dead Meat Packaging Korps" being an album title of The Streetcleaner with "Konvulse Kontrol" + "Produktion" being a couple of tracks. It was a sign of the times. S.P.K. and Nekrophile being shining lights to us all back then. Even Michael DeWitt gets a "thanks" in the credits on this release. It is good stuff. It is damn good stuff. All the sounds, the dark swirling electronic sounds come from 20+ year old machines. It created a fog whilst I was listening to it and it all ended too soon. Apart from a couple of Zero Kama reissues I have nought from theNekrophile catalogue anymore, this is a great reminder of those days. (1985/6). Strangely European for an American - file alongside Praying For Oblivion"