Imagine a quiet, desolate and transparent cube hovering miles over a fluid metallic surface. A futuristic, dystopic, cold and dark grey surface of a planet left to die alone.
Inside the cube, you are sitting, can’t get out, nothing can get in, but you’re about to witness the destruction of this cold place. as it slowly evaporates from the universe.
This is pretty much the imagery that B O L T serves in three parts on their new album (04).
And so the destruction begins
The album starts off with exactly that dystopic feeling. ‘1 3’ have only a simple halftone interchanging bass for the most of the song, while droning synths come and leave adding more and more texture to the universe. Swells appear along with a simplistic drum beat, really not much going on here, but nonetheless very hypnotic and dramatic. It’s a joy when the cymbals disappear and the deep abyss reveals a gaping chasm, just to return with disharmonic guitars and an even more devastating vision of the future. It’s here the more doomy part of B O L T reveals, when heavy end bass manifests the dissonance of the universe in front of you. The final 2 minutes of the song is spent watching, whatever just unleashed, is just slowly retracting into its hive. I must say it’s a long time since I’ve heard such a distilled dystopic masterpiece of a song.
On ‘1_18′ Cymbals are ringing the crowd in, come closer. A feeling of bells tolling, forcing the grey masses to the altar. Again with these subtle sounds miles away. And there you have it, the bells are changed with the hammer in form of a huge heavy doom bass. It’s low end and slow as hell, almost funeral doom like, but with inspiration from post-metal and post-rock. After a while, the judgment bass flows along with the drums to a ‘heavy as fuck’ slow groove, with every punch beating, every little leftover of air, out of the listener’s stomach. And this just before deconstructing every tone to extreme noise evaporating what’s left of the song, to a lonely beat.
Wake up and smell the implosion
‘2_2’ Is the radio hit of the album :-). With its short length of only approx 8 minutes, this is way shorter than the two other songs. Here we have B O L T throwing themselves right into a noisy compressed blastbeat, before wavering and crushing soundscapes appear. That low-end bass crunch is just evil. Even though B O L T has the tempo almost doubled on this song, it still has the same drone feeling, with the hypnotic repetitions intact. Almost a signature sound, those huge spaces of distant atmosphere embracing all. This is the final chapter, where the destruction of the planet is imminent and the winds of outer space tear everything apart leaving the listener alone in his cube. Now more alone than ever.
B O L T – (04) is out on Vinyl on Dunk!Records and it’s refreshing to listen to a band like B O L T defying the genres of what has been released on Dunk!Records before.
B O L T – (04) is also out on CD and Cassette on Narshardaar records, go grab a copy here.
I Strongly advise you to pick up a copy of their album on vinyl and go ahead and give it a listen right now on Bandcamp, but do yourself a favor and listen to the album as a whole.