You’re a survivor during an ice age that’s decimated the human population and reduced it to a measly percentage of what it once was. The world, a crystallized wasteland. The other members from your group have long since starved or abandoned you. You’ve found refuge in a frozen cavern, and you decide to venture deep into the catacombs. The narrow tunnel opens into an expansive clearing. The walls begin to shake with sound . . .
Let me start off by stating that this album is not for everyone. It’s loud, abrasive, and at times pretty frightening. Let that be a warning, but don’t let it discourage you from giving this beastly record an honest chance. Frozen Niagara Falls is the latest offering from Prurient (also know as Vatican Shadow), one of the most prominent names in the modern noise music ecosystem, and an artist possessing a truly unique vision.
There are two perfect, dichotomous words that materialize in my mind every time I listen to this album. The first is “harsh,” and this is where I fear I may scare away readers, but I want to make it clear to you that this element of intensity is necessary, and even essential for what Prurient is attempting to accomplish (and vastly succeeding). His electronic noise soundscapes resemble monstrous mountains being torn asunder by ancient deities. It’s overwhelming and it’s awesome.
The second descriptor is “beauty.” In between the moments of world-shattering chaos, the rubble clears and awe-inspiring gorgeousness remains. The producer’s voice can be found sermonizing over many of the songs, often concerning hefty topics and themes such as drug-use and religion. If you allow this record into your life and let it break you down, it will surely reveal its treasures to you, and you’ll absolutely walk away with a completely new and original experience. If you’re seeking sounds that challenge, frighten, and beautifully overwhelm, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)