war of sound. act148

squaremeter
war of sound. mp3 album

ant-zen. act148

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it’s hard to believe that revolutionary hardcore drum’n’bass producer mathis mootz, more commonly known as panacea, is releasing his sixth full-length album as m2 - pronounced “squaremeter” but it’s true, and in keeping with an unrelenting drive to push himself, mootz delivers a complete and total evolution in m2’s ethos with war of sound. “an artist should always progress with his sound, the actual style of m2 i’ve been working on is more ‘danceable,’ better for live-shows than the complete ambient-like productions i’ve done in the past,” says mootz. “well, certainly there have been loads of glitch-ambient releases in the past but my live shows with m2 really showed me the necessity of beats. i thought it would be easy to work with rhythm in m2 songs - they are all from 60 to 90 bpm… slow so you can easily bang your head!” getting to the head banging takes a little while, as war of sound builds in slow, deliberate movements, carefully establishing a dark chord progression in the introductory “the cry of morgoth” that flows throughout the album. this ominous leitmotif is enriched by mootz’ liberal use of vocal elements - both as a focal point via heart-wrenching voice solos and the evil-toned narration from the silmarillion, and as somber texture in the distant sounds of a purgatorial choir. on the second track, “turbulent sound,” more characteristically clickish m2 sounds penetrate war of sound’s macabre fabric, where laptop glitch elements akin to sinecore’s microsound aesthetic pepper the music before cracking into a blistering break that foreshadows the tempestuous driving synth pulse of “discord (war of sound).” “the music seized” offers a melodic respite with gentle ambient tones that makes the metal-tinged pounding of “the scourges of fire” the malevolent zenith of war of sound, with its thunderous echo and martial tempo. the rancor continues into the denouement, “thus began also…,” another glitch-filled affair married to overtones of synth oblivion. war of sound ends on the prophetic minor chords of “in ages forgotten:” and the melodies which had been heard before foundered in a sea of turbulent sound. special cardboard packaging w/ metallic paper.

tracklist

1 the cry of morgoth
2 turbulent sound
3 discord (war of sound)
4 the music seized
5 the scourges of fire
6 thus began also...
7 in ages forgotten