Triage was a collaborative project between Scott Candey of Gruntsplatter and Chet Scott of Ruhr Hunter.
We began recording for Triage in mid-1997, and quickly put together about 40 minutes of material before being disrupted by a fire that destroyed the flat that we shared at the time. After the post- fire chaos subsided, we returned our attention to the project. Gradually, we determined the path we wanted the project to take.
Triage made its first audio appearance on the “Baited Breath” double cassette compilation with a track called “Organism.” A full length album entitled “The Cessation Of Spoil” followed.
“The Cessation of Spoil” while only containing one of the “pre-fire” tracks, marked the first time that we both felt we’d achieved what we saw as this collaborations potential. Combining an older Industrial feel with clinical Power Electronics and organic drones this record marked new territory for each of the contributors and emerged as a unique addition to each of our discographies.
There are no current plans for additional Triage material.
“V/A – Baited Breath” – Track “Organism” – 2xCS
limited to 100 – Live Bait Recording Foundation – November 1998
“The Cessation Of Spoil” – CD
limited to 500 – Glass Throat Recordings – February 2000
Triage teams the ubiquitous Scott E. Candey (Gruntsplatter, head of Crionic Mind, plus more?) with Chet W. Scott (Ruhr Hunter, head of Glass Throat Recordings) for a collection of mini soundtracks adorned in trepidation, in the tattered shroud of dismay. A tension whine rises during the opening “Serum.” Dread is highlighted as the contorted distortion swells to the forefront. But the tension is never released; the dread remains, an ominous shadow, even as the track simmers to conclusion. “Donar” kicks in with samples from David Cronenberg’s gloomy descent into love/obsession inspired, drug-laden, co-dependency (quite literally) melancholia, Dead Ringers (this must be Chet’s favorite movie as he also sampled it on “Euthanasia” from the excellent Ruhr Hunter–“Ritual Before The Hunt” CD). Subtle humming and clicking noises set the foundation for moist, grinding machinery noises. The underlying, despondent drone slips under the skin, a needle injecting discomfort. Throughout, marching feet slosh through the sodden sonic landscape. The inherent unnerving quality grows more imposing as the track progresses. This track, as with much of the CD, highlights the dark sonicscape elements as opposed to the sheer noise assault, but the presence of noise is always on the periphery, occasionally slipping into full view. The oscillating, whirring tendencies of spastically fluttering propeller blades slices through “Grume” as hideous noise gurgles insanely underneath. Jagged metal spikes sink serrated teeth into the brooding, noisy ambience of clutter and dissolution during “Assume.” “Natural Order” resonates with the repetitious cadences of an exhausted machinery loop before slivers of subtly melodic sound and distorted vocal noise intrude. The fuzzy throb of “Genetic Drift” portends danger, a danger accentuated by the slippery, scoured feedback sounds that scamper from within the smoldering embers radiance. A diverse, exceptionally crafted and conceived piece of work; each track opens new wounds in the dark sonicscape flesh, new perceptions gleaned from the glistening cavities. Masterful! (JCS:8/9)
8/10 – Powerful dark ambient electronics. Bass enveloped synth tones and loops, thick layering and movement reverting from intricate to minimalism. This is beautiful stuff. When listening closely it seems to demand focus/concentration. The continuity within tracks prevents them from becoming boring – and also possesses many hypnotic qualities that potentially steal time away. Vague use of highly altered vocals samples is apparent at times, as are high pitched tones under light distortion that can become very harsh. “The Stoning” is a masterpiece with a superb abstract rhythm pattern. Again, this one has an amazing layout with subtle color and dark tones that mirror the emotional tone of the disc. Highly praised?
[Notable tracks: Serum, Genetic Drift, The Stoning, Natural Order]
GRINDING INTO EMPTINESS
Triage is a collaboration between Scott Candey (Gruntsplatter et al.) and Chet Scott (Ruhr Hunter). The two have matched up previously on a split CD, and this project seems a natural progression – a melding of their similar styles into one. The Cessation of Spoil is their full-length debut, following a compilation appearance on Live Bait in ’98. This is extremely dark music, and to anyone familiar with either of these musicians’ work it should come as no surprise. Stark, shrill frequencies shine like a penlight in a dark warehouse, leading a tentative, quiet marching band of grisly textures. A repetitive, heavy thumping sound acts as the percussive life-line to many of the tracks, which sounds like the perfect accompaniment to Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Triage is the disturbing, slow-paced soundtrack to a frenzied delirium, a disquieting calm adding to the eerie feel of the pitch-black ambience. Given this description, the results are surprisingly relaxing; it’s easy to get lost in the music’s simplicity. The complexities are subtle, and well-blended into each swell. The music is so methodical that the only real intrusions are the brief seconds of bare silence in between tracks. If ever there was a CD that would benefit from cross-fading from one track to the next, this is it. Candey and Scott both have very similar motivations behind their musical output. They cull these sounds directly from their moods, and fuel them with inspiration from a variety of dark places. With roughly eight projects to his name one might assume that Candey was spreading himself too thin. Triage is added proof, however, that nothing could be further from the truth. This is dense dark ambience of the highest caliber.
The wonderful thing about ambience is that it can be almost completely timeless. If you picked up a quality ambient record today, it would still be effective in ten or even fifty years. Even though good ambient goes beyond the realm of everyday musical critique, it’s often very easy to find out if a record works for you or not. A comfortable listening session should be enough to discover where you stand. Being a collaborative record between the man behind Ruhr Hunter, Chet Scott, and Scott Candey from Gruntsplatter, it’s almost natural that the outcome would be a lush equilibrium between the styles that both personas are known for: Ruhr Hunter for its often warm and very natural, earthy mood, and Gruntsplatter for its somewhat more rhythmic and extraordinary sound. The Cessation of Spoil is perhaps a perfect unity of both peculiar styles. Staying true to the bleak and despondent nature of their previous outings, the two men, working under the moniker “Triage,” have created a wonderful record that is full of desolation, deep, rhythmic rumbling and a natural ambience all accentuated by harsh, sterile power electronics that pulsate through the record in an atonal way. Perhaps not always equally interesting if your focus is not with the music, but sitting down and listening to this album opens up and delivers a wealth of moods and soundscapes. If you are even a little bit interested in dark and resonant ambience with a somewhat violent edge, Triage’s The Cessation of Spoil is a highly successful collaboration worthy of your hard earned cash… But only for truly persistent listeners. As a side note, check out another collaboration, this time in the form of a split release, between Ruhr Hunter and Gruntsplatter (review in this issue) (8.7/10)
Triage were born from the collaboration between Chet Scott (Ruhr Hunter) and Scott Candey (Gruntsplatter) who give life to something that separates from what they expressed with their respective projects. The linear artwork worthily reflects the proposal of this work,that – in the whole – sounds homogeneous, though trespassing the borders of various genres. The vibrating tension that emits “The Cessation of Spoil”, is continuous and throbbing , thanks to use of some excellent drones on which different swinging frequencies and reverberations insert. A touchable emotion, magnified by the obsessive loops, elaborated and assisted by a drilling synth and by the selection of some glacial samples (“The Stoning”; “Natural Order”). Minimal and obsessive lyrics that forebode sudden changings, obtained with the introduction of noizing rents (“Proliferate”), that increase a feeling of anguish that -1 with the change of shape – keeps on steady for the all eleven chapters. “Evanesce” is a fundamental passage, it digs you inside down till your heart, pushing its way with a tearing rhythmic intemittence, that is then recalled in the final “gathering Frost”, the only tracks – in the full – presenting recognizable melodic structure.I triage are not directly influenced by no one, and this an other merit of “The Cessation of Spoil”, album that manages to balance between a not really invedent death industrial and a cutbreath-shaking dark ambient. -Francesco Gemelli
WORM GEAR #9
What we have here is the long-awaited full length release from the collaboration between Scott Candey of GRUNTSPLATTER and Chet Scott of RUHR HUNTER, and I must say – it’s been worth the wait. I don’t really know how to describe this sound. There’s a touch of death industrial, a dash of classic percussive industrial, definitely some noise and a heaping helping of dark ambient, and maybe, just maybe, even a taste of ritualistic experimental in here. Together with the ominous low-end rumblings and reverberations there’s liberal use of high-frequency drones and feedback which adds an eerie, disturbing feel to these already uneasy tracks. Something else that sets this material apart is the use of rhythm in various settings and through various devices – oscillations, looped phrases, bass pulses, grinding metal, synth exclamations, even drum and vocal samples as on the excellent “The Stoning.” Unlike alot of music in this vein, this material is far too detailed and has too much going on to be described as at all “meditative.” Too musical to qualify as a noise release and too noisy to be considered ambient, “The Cessation Of Spoil” really can’t be compared to much else out there. MZ.412? Not really. ENDURA? Nah. DEUTSCH NEPAL? No, but there are elements of all of these in Triage’s sound. This is quite a bit different than the track they contributed to the Baited Breath compilation – which I believe is this project’s only previous recorded work – and a good-sized step forward towards a sound entirely their own. Hopefully Chet’s recent relocation to Seattle from San Francisco won’t adversely affect this project’s future because they could definitely have a bright one… Highly recommended.