14 September 2017
If you are or ever were into at least 1 of the 3 options below: Then you owe it to yourself to check this out!
1. Reading horror, fantasy and or sci-fi books, especially H.P Lovecraft
2. Quintin Tarantino movies
3. At the very fucking least... 1 Black Sabbath song you enjoyed (or any 60's-70's hardrock/metal for that matter)
It's one of those fucking lazy Sunday mornings and you're feeling either useless and pathetic as fuck, or chilled to the max... you are comfortably numb ;) 'Tales of a Sightless City' evoked that first reaction, from the magical cover to the first note… and it lingered till the end.
When listening to it, as soft background music, (which you kinda presume you should do) you drift into a doomed nothingness... slowly swaying back and forth with drool dripping from your open mouth. It’s strange how at low volumes, this slow-paced music manages to tantalize your subconscious mind, rendering you useless... this hypnotic state is fucking great if you had a hectic day, weekend or life experience and just have the need to chillax on the couch or in the bath, or wherever it is you passed out the night before. Take note though, as low volume listening might also induce boredom, instead of hypnosis, in a mind not willing to fully succumb to it.
Medium volume invigorates a little more productiveness... you get the ability to reflect on life or perhaps just the illusion of doing so. It's perfect for foreplay and making love (you can’t fuck to this though, so don’t put it on if that’s your intention, as you will end up making love instead). Same thing with cooking... this is not suitable for those quick meals, rather something more elaborate and fancy... like a full-on Sunday lunch (please bear in mind that this should be done at medium volume, low volume will get you as far as trying to defrost something and forgetting that you even have a stomach) Also only listen to this when driving in hectic bumper to bumper traffic, it eases the fact that you're going nowhere slowly... however, it's dangerous on the open road as you will either end up completely lost, as you aimlessly follow the road, or forget there was a road at all.
The overdose of textures and psychedelic colours are perfectly revealed at high volume... that’s where the quintessence lies. That's where I am like “Oh... my... fuck!”, it feels and sounds like I am watching Mad God perform live! I absolutely love the fact that it comes across as analogue and not digitally overproduced! The cosmos of their unique sound, with the slow, full body, hits from the drums... and extremely raw distorted and erotic toned strings, create a full flavoured pallet for the ears. Together with the reverberated vocals, which sooth, as much as they haunt you, it finalises the full spectrum of the doomed journey, the album takes you on. High volume listening also renders you somewhat useless, but it activates the mind beyond its own borders as you are transported, mesmerised, and willingly become addicted to it.
So, what do the 3 options above, have to do with all this fuckery? That’s simple... H.P Lovecraft is an author of the strange and the weird, of horror, fantasy and science fiction (including deity's like Cthulhu, to name but one) ... some of their lyrics are inspired by Lovecraft's literature and sci-fi in general. Now if you could put any soundtrack to 1. Those distinct moments of reflection and/or vulnerability, be it the culprit or victim, of passion or circumstance, in a Quintin Tarantino movie... it would sound like this album, as well as 2. like the third track 'The Cursed One and The First Flame” which literally takes you on a roller-coaster journey. Just when you think another song is playing but you don’t remember how it started or that the song even ended, it takes you back to that great moment and you realize it’s still the same fucking song, confusing the fuck out of you at first, like the awesome manner Quintin does in his movies and you end up appreciating the genius behind it. The album also has that confusing yet satisfying effect. Finally, we get to that Black Sabbath song you love... now as you should know, they were the pioneers of heavy metal! Ok, so heavy metal has changed a lot since then and this album takes you right back to that late 60's-70's sound, combining the slow tempo of current day Doom Metal with the sexy riffs, expressive solo's and gorgeous guitar tones, throwing in a surprise tempo and melody change here and there to keep things unpredictable.
Mad God's 'Tales of a Sightless City' is a beautiful and intense work of art and a must have album for anyone that digs guitars! It’s easy listening and chilled. You don't even have to like doom metal or metal for that matter, to enjoy it!
By Heidi de Villiers