I’ve lost count of how many releases Scott Candey, or Eye as he’s known in some circles, has recorded under the name of Gruntsplatter. Quite a lot if you include all the split releases I would imagine. He doesn’t make things easier for himself, or people showing an interest in his work, by continually changing record labels with nearly every new release. Maybe he could set up his own website to chronicle them all. Not a bad idea if I say so myself. Anyway here’s his latest outpouring of desolate dark ambient soundscapes for you to enjoy. Released on the Eibon record label (which has a nice back catalogue of releases worth checking out), “The Eulogists Assembly” is another journey into the netherworld of experimental frequencies and dense electronics all wrapped up in the glossy black sheen for which he’s so renowned. No-one quite does atmosphere like this man. The sounds are built upon layer by careful layer giving the music an almost impenetrable quality yet still allowing each separate factor the chance to shine through the wall of barren furore. Hidden indistinguishable voices seem to reach out through the shrill vibrations that abound then fade quickly from whence they came. Swirling patterns grow in tempo and structure before being swallowed in a maelstrom of palpitating static waves. Quite refrains are pummeled relentlessly until only the faintest memory of their existence remains. There’s a slight Industrial vibe mixed in with the evil intent of the music to corrupt and pollute the innocent. Utter pretentious bollocks of course. Not the music… but my description of the music. It’s a black ambient recording for fucks sake!! “The Eulogists Assembly” is an exemplary, call it fucking magical instead which is better, piece of stygian ambient music that strays closely to the boundaries of noise electronics without fully crossing that great divide. What more do you need to know? Perfectly realized and composed it should grace everyone’s record collection which is praise enough. If you’ve never heard the music of Gruntsplatter (maybe the name put you off) then “The Eulogists Assembly” is the ideal starting point for you to become acquainted to the monstrous visions that Scott releases. – ANM
Hello old friend. Long time no hear. Jesus how long ago was now? Fuck my memory is shit. I’ll get it in a minute. Fuck yeah. Back in May 2005. Do you remember? How time flies. And here you are again. Nearly two and a half years down the line. Sitting in front of me. You’re like the cat that fucked off and comes back bedraggled after some huge adventure. I can’t get over it. Gosh you still sound as good now as you did then. Of course you haven’t forgotten me have you? After all I did review you way back then and you even put that review up on your website. So my write up couldn’t have been all that bad. I must ask though…what brings you here now? I mean you’ve moved on. Haven’t we all. And you know I have nothing new to say that wasn’t first recorded back then. Shit!! That darned memory of mine. I forgot that you were initially sent to another reviewer who has now departed from Heathen Harvest and you were in his pile of promos that I got sent in to finish. Funny how things pan out. Weird in fact. Here we are then. Making up for lost time. I hope you’ll forgive me in advance if the review is kind of short. In fact I might just crib from my old review if you don‘t mind? I’ll mark the bits down so you know what they are. You can’t be done for stealing from yourself. Not yet anyway. You see I to am leaving Heathen Harvest. Getting too old for this shit. Reviewing is a young Turks game. Not for an old fuddy duddy like me. Set in his ways. Time to retire. Put my feet up and relax for once. Fucking great hearing you again though. Enjoy the words and don’t forget to keep in touch.
Scott Candey is a God. A minor God compared to the big fuck off ones that everyone prays to but a God none the less. Put it this way…if old slow hand himself Eric Clapton can be called one so can Scott. Gruntsplatter has always been a favourite project of his that I’ve always admired. Sure he’s involved with other acts but yea olde Gruntsplatter does it most for me. I’ve all his releases banged out on CD. You name them I’ve got them. ‘The Aberrant Laboratory’ check. ‘Pest Maiden’ check.‘The Organ Harvest: Rare & Unreleased 1994-1999’ check…cost me a fucking fortune on E.Bay mind. Worth it though. ‘Chronicling The Famine’ check. ‘The Death Fires’ check. ‘Split with Ruhr Hunter ‘ check. Lastly ‘the Split with Slowvent’ which was another wallet buster. I still worship the ground you walk on. Even though you’ve cost me a fucking lot of money in the past.
‘The Eulogists Assembly’ is a ten track ‘outpouring of desolate dark ambient soundscapes’ (cribbed) all wrapped up in typical Gruntsplatter style. Those of you who have heard any of the music before by this act will know exactly what I mean. This is a musical ‘journey into the netherworld of experimental frequencies and dense electronics all wrapped up in the glossy black sheen’ (cribbed) of Industrial Dark ambience. The air so thick with sound you could virtually cut through it with a knife as they ‘are built upon layer by careful layer giving the music an almost impenetrable quality yet still allowing each separate factor the chance to shine through the wall of barren furore’ (cribbed) that assaults the mind. This next bit was so good the last time around I’ve bunged it on in its entirety. ‘Hidden indistinguishable voices seem to reach out through the shrill vibrations that abound then fade quickly from whence they came. Swirling patterns grow in tempo and structure before being swallowed in a maelstrom of palpitating static waves. Quite refrains are pummeled relentlessly until only the faintest memory of their existence remains’ (cribbed)…worth repeating wouldn’t you say? Fuck me but I was a good reviewer back in my day.
Bang up to date then. I haven’t really anything original to add. Except I suppose that time hasn’t aged this recording in the least. The depressive / repressive nature of the music still jar and sends chills up every bone in the body. Akin to being touched by an unseen entity. Play it in total darkness, good for this time of year, and be prepared to be scared shitless. Everything about ‘The Eulogists Assembly’ commands respect. A ‘classic’ release in every respect and one that will give you nightmares for years to come. You had better believe it. If you missed it first time around then go grab yourself a copy before its too late. After all…you wouldn’t want to offend God would you?
ULTIMATE METAL FORUMS
“He who joyfully marches in rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice…” reads the is Einstein quote in “The Eulogists Assembly”‘s liner notes. And Gruntsplatter a.k.a. Scott Candey, is certainly not one to joyfully march in rank and file with his contemporaries; like Einstein, he would not be “part of so base an action.” Ever experimental, this release sees the singular project produce more of the dark-ambient noisescapes we’re used to. White noise ebbs and flows, drones create a sense of unease, dense electronics are juxtaposed by haunting, desolate tones, and – unlike much of Candey’s other work – there are occasional more forgiving, sparse passages. A sense of unease is maintained throughout, as is a dark, claustrophobic atmosphere. Machinistic, rhythmic noise is present at times, while much of the remainder of the release comprises gradual crescendos of noise. If, like me, you are fond of your electronic noise, or a fan of the band, “The Eulogists Assembly” is a must. For open-minded experimentalists, this is worth checking out, but those more staid in their tastes may want to avoid it. Interesting, atmospheric stuff. 7.5/10
With the wickedness of the first wave, “The Eulogists Assembly” consumed my very thoughts and expelled them into a world dying in the diseased, grim soil of mankind. Counterbalancing insectic atmospheric static that hangs over in the foreground spawning. From the scathing high pitch feedback surgically cutting deep, as a profoundly low end bass hums apocalyptically. Hellish distorted guitars echoing like crying souls damned in a whirling black space soundscape. And fostering fiendish keyboards stalk the skyline of this ten song travel into the heart of a masterful composer of dark ambience. I fell victim to the digesting vortex of metallic abradant noise colliding in a chaotic dance with rich whistling keyboards. Layers of fluttering wings of crunching and crackling and dense suppurating of immense towers to which warping walls of moaning synthesizers carry the mind away. Gruntsplatter embodies here on “The Eulogists Assembly” a defining moment into what true dark ambient is all about. A conquest unleashed in 60 minutes and 42 seconds of a deranged cosmos swarming deep in the mind of humanity. For over a decade Gruntsplatter has assaulted our senses with abstract landscapes of sound. Beginning with “Bisect : A 90 minute Split w/ Torture Chamber” and taking us even deeper into the world of tortured minds and condemned souls with “The Eulogists Assembly.” As often I find a song that keeps my imagination and “The Sour Call Of The Gallows Birds” sweeps in and close the album out in a haunting epic nature. Paranoid keyboards lash out along with the ominous collapsing distortion and rusting industrial rumblings of the bass. Monstrous roaring laced along with demoniac, vitriolic winds of amplifiers howling. With the last breath to be had, a gothic piano whines down the track of “The Sour Call Of The Gallows Birds.” Leaving the tormented and damned as the sunset bleeds the sky in crimson and the last of the birds leave the gallows. This album is a masterpiece in the genre of dark ambient music and should be obtained in any measure possible. – K