Here we have a newer release, “Dead Frequency” from the prolific yet deserted and obscure project called En Nihil, released on Danvers State Recordings The A side starts out a slow, cold, ambient windchill of space and delicate reverberations. En Nihil is known for his desolate, dark heavy death/ambient/industrial recordings but the “Dead Frequency” tape picks up the pace pretty heavily right off the bat. The slowly spinning ambient burner quickly but in a well composed manner, morphs into a heavy, noisy, industrial hash squall from hell. Dense, sharp, ripping sounds crumble and spatter atop of each other and create gray pillars of psychedelic, waves of spiked feedback, and noisy percussive elements. The wall section of the piece builds up to a blistering climax, and then gradually gives itself breathing room and a deeper, more restrained tension is created. En NIhil swiftly and skillfully creates a monumental tension between the cold, ringing, droning ambient sections, and the harsh noise walls and cities of sonic bombardment.
On this particular release, we have a wide and refreshing scope of styles that are skillfully executed. There is actually a plethora of sounds and ideas making up this sinister, unclimbable wall of sound. Even though at times, it just sounds like “noise” , rest assured, it would be counter productive to pigeon hole it as such En NIHIL is a master at riding the waves between noise / ambient / death – industrial and straight musicality. Especially the B side of “Dead Frequency” if you blink for a second you might be fooled into thinking that some of these tracks , composition wise , have a structured sensibility to them, which for this type of music is a good thing in my opinion. There are no happy accidents here, or if there is, they are disguised well, each note , tone and action appear intentional and forthright in the composition and idea.
“Dead Frequency” is the logical progression in the En NIhil discography and takes a step forward in terms of dynamics and harshness but remains true to the unique style that the artist has created. MOre to come from this artist! Keep an ear in the cave.