BLACK HOLE GENERATOR – A Requiem for Terra
I find it hard to believe that it has been ten years since the release of the excellent Black Hole Generator MCD entitled "Black Karma". Times truly flies. Anyway, this strange and delightfully morbid musical brainchild of Vulture Industries vocalist B. E. Nilsen has returned from beyond the grave to curse us with this first proper full-length assault named "A Requiem for Terra", and I must admit that I am quite grateful to the guy for releasing this sinister and unnerving work of art.
The title track, which opens the album, is a doom-filled and yet extremely varied affair that encompasses many different elements and textures, but it possesses a creepy and unsettling vibe that immediately grabs you and simply refuses to let go. The dynamic and dramatic vocals are brilliant and the melodic guitars that float in and out of the song are majestic. Not surprisingly, the song has countless layers to it, which means that if you are one of those measly and unfocused little fucks who might attempt to decipher Black Hole Generator’s musical universe while being either drunk or hungover, then you suck more than I can manage to put into words. This stuff requires patience and focus. You must stay sharp and alert; Black Hole Generator demands and requires something from its listeners. The shifts and nuances present in the epic "Titan" are overwhelming while "Moloch" has a slightly more claustrophobic and murky feel to it. Both are highly intense, but that goes for every song on the album. "Emerging Pantheon" has a groovy and yet melancholic vibe to it that is instantly appealing. The morose and pulsating "Earth Eater" is perhaps my favorite track along with the beautiful, haunting, and moving "Spiritual Blight". Lyrically, the album is an interesting piece of work, and the mood and atmosphere of the words correspond perfectly to the music and vice versa. Also, the production suits the song material nicely.
The vibrating darkness of "A Requiem for Terra" is a must for those of you who cherish the inhumanly cold, bleak, and suffocating sounds of Thorns, Anaal Nathrakh, and Dødheimsgard. I could probably list a few more bands like those, but you get what I am saying. An excellent effort all around. Highly recommended for all you moody suckers out there!