Never Presence Forever – “Disturbed Visceral Nociception” CD
Limited to 500 – Released January 2002 – Available
NEVER PRESENCE FOREVER unravel slowly with a profoundly well conceived album of Bleak Minimalism and Dark Ambience. To this foundation they add somniferous hints of melody, abrasion and rhythmic punctuation. Rich textural drifts and detailed craftsmanship give this release a enveloping penetration and depth. NPF has a few limited releases but “Disturbed Visceral Nociception” is the marks the first widely available release.
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Ambient Noise:8: The first widely available full length release from Never Presence Forever follows a slew of splits and compilation appearances, and is easily the pinnacle of the project so far. The tracks are almost entirely instrumental, with faded chanting and other voice samples that blend into the drifts of noise being the rare exception. A pensive, level headed execution is key, with smooth drones and a gradual pace working to placate the cantankerous underpinnings that are never far from the surface. A beautiful Celtic Harp track at the start of the disc stands out with vibrant sharp melodies. It’s no mistake that this follows close behind the biting power noise opener, where distant chants are lost in crunchy walls of looping static. This interesting juxtaposition of sounds is a common theme, though not always quite so distinct. Vague harmonics and dusty melodies often find themselves coated in a slow motion sprawl of rusty drones. These noisy elements ad a dark edge to the tracks. Though seemingly ever present, this edge is fairly understated and subtle, constantly reinforcing the apocalyptic feel like the calm after a storm. Potentially ear splitting sounds are stretched out intograiny audio textures. The result is quite methodical and at times even relaxing. – BD
DEAD ANGEL #51
Heavy fucking shit, mon. I largely gave up on power electronics a while ago because so many of the genre’s practitioners either spend way too much effort trying to out-evil each other (in both sonics and image), or else they sound like they’re just doing random jazz with fuzz boxes. But this release revives my faith in the belief that interesting things can still be done within the context of noise and power electronics. Fair warning: The beginning track, ‘Perdition’s Genesis’, takes no prisoners – straight out of the gate it’s harsh, cutup metal flange noise reverberating back and forth between the speakers as a growling industrial death drone grows while the flanges recede. The machinery of noise begins to grind away as disembodied chanting voices drone in the background, only to be drowned out by the approaching death machine. By the track’s end, the voices are almost totally obscured by the roar of the machine, right up until it abruptly stops and the reverberated piano of ‘Folk ar Mindre Kyrkliga Nufortiden’ changes the tone completely. Ominous death ambient sounds shudder and hum in the background as looped piano plays over and over, like an abandoned calliope in a forgotten field squeaking in the wind as the storm approaches. The forbidding sound of chanting and a scary drum is the center of ‘The Encompassing Hymn of Human Nature’ – an exercise in minimalism with shifting patterns in the background, there if you want to hear them.., Never Presence Forever’s inspiration comes from old school industrial bands like Throbbing Gristle, The Grey Wolves, Psywarfare, and others who were doing their thing without being enslaved to the beat. Accordingly, while there’s plenty of rhythmic content on this disc, it’s all in the form of noise and machine byproducts. There’s a hypnotic, droning element to most of the material, and some songs such as ‘060443 Production/Consumption’ are almost nothing but repetitive, chugging machine sounds. The real key to Never Presence Forever’s sound is in the dynamics – the initial sound source may keep repeating, but it rises and falls in the mix, sometimes to be drowned out by other sounds, or drowning them out. It’s the sound of vast, uncaring machinery coming to life to destroy the earth. The songs themselves are nothing more than detailed snapshots of the machine in different spots, so to speak. It’s a pretty forbidding sound, and one much harsher and unnerving than the recent, more ambient release on Crucial Blast. It’s obvious that Never Presence Forever pays a lot of attention to detail in the sounds and their relation to each other, and to the dynamics within the songs and between them – something you don’t see too much of these days, what with people just shoveling stuff into a four-track and waffling until the tape runs out. I like this band. I must hear more.
Never Presence Forever has done it again with another perfect release exept this time its a cd instead of a tape. This release starts off with a wall of noise going back and forth from right to left speaker causing a hypnotic effect. The noise drowns itself out into a new breed of distorted wall with religous choir vocals singing causeing a Cold Meat Industry effect. This cd is weird because if you listen to it alone you will swear somebody is pulling up in your driveway but its all part of the noise from the cd. This release will trick your sences over and over but you will not want to stop listening because of the beauty. I think this release is better then “Apokalypsens Uendelige Årstid” because I like the layering more and the way the whole thing makes me feel. When I listen to this release it feels like I havent slept for days. Sleep depravation is the best drug and this cd is what its about for me. I advise anyone who loves noise and dark ambient to check this release out.
After several tapes and compilation on various labels, the american act Never Presence Forever (who is no less than the man behind the metal and noise Aversion webzine) offers here his first CD album, with an elegant and simplistic design that strongly contrast with the long track and album titles. Never Presence Forever is here to bring you dark feelings and obscure atmospheres, this is for sure. If it starts quite noisily with a harsh and scraping wall of noises enriched with religious choirs (in a way reminding me of the opening track of IRM’s “Oedipus Dethroned”), “Disturbed Viscreal nocicepton”, the following tracks set rather quickly the mood that will previal all throughout the album: background rumbling basses, soft and melodic scarce strings (“Folk ar Mindre Kyrkliga Nufortiden”) and, most of all a acute sense of minimal but persistent ritual drummings and low noises. If this album is saturated, it gets violent rarely. Never Presence Forever seem to focus more on taking the basic elements of death industrial (religious atmospheres and samples, ritual percussions, slow and solemn beats, and playing them in a very slowly building and quiet way. One could think this would end up sounding close to Raison d’Etre but, even though this CD might very well have been released on Cold Meat Industry, it has a more opaque and minimalistic approach, metling its sounds in an original way, not to mention a recurrent, but calm use of noise and distortion. Recorded relatively low (this, along with its mastering, might be the biggest flaw of “Disturbed Visceral Nocicepton”), this album makes you turn the volume higher and higher, till the distant bass drones fill the air and your ears get crushed by the scarce loud outbursts that come from time to time. In between, the album proves to be hypnotic, but one will have to focus closely on the music to perceive the details and slow changes on which it is built. Exploring an interesting way and having found a rather personal sound, Never Presence Forever offers a good debut album, that suffers a bit from a recording that could be improved as well as sometimes of a slight lack of variations inside the tracks. However, this is still an intersting and surprising release. – Nicolas
WORM GEAR #11
This CD was a very pleasant surprise. I wasnt sure what to expect from this, but I knew it couldn’t be utter crap because the great Crionic Mind released it. I didn’t really expect this though. Everything from lilting ambient melodies, to pulsating waves of noise. A few samples of distant choirs and indian chants speckle the release here and there, sounding almost like you’re hearing it outside rather than on the CD. Some very minimalistic parts are spread throughout the record, so faint and unoticeable in parts, that you think the record has ended. Much like the other new Crionic Mind release, Exsanguinate, Never Presence Forever is a flower that has grown out of a pot of dirt and flourished into something wonderful. In an environment where many artists are content with the mediocre, this artist is not. The artwork accompanying the CD is quite unique as well. Lots of white, a splash of yellowish/orange and sparse images. Another gem from the camp at Crionic Mind.
IN THE FENCE OF REALITY #7
The first impression when you look at this album is the fact that it looks like an Initial Records album, I mean it looks like Boy Sets Fire or King for a Day release artwork. But don’t expect to listen to indie rock here. This CD begins with a real fuckin’ brutal harsh noise track that promises you to have a good time listening to this album. But the rest is really less brutal, but don’t be sad about that. The rest is much more of a dark. Minimal. heavy construction that leads you to get scared, it’s really intense in a way that it takes your attention and you don’t want to stop listening to it. All of the tracks are really different, some piano here, some electronics there, just good stuff. The artwork is also fit for the purpose of the music here, you’ll see when you’ll buy the album, I mean, you do have to get this as a soundtrack for your days of despair, to get downer.