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Nearly a decade ago in 1996, Rob Wentz and Paul Karlik began to take their experimental musical ideas and put them together into what we now know as Monstrum Sepsis.  After releasing their first three albums on Paraminion, they were signed to the popular new electronic music label WTII Records for the re-release of their excellent third album Deep Sea Creatures.  This album was a great milestone for this band as it seemed to break out of the abyss and bring the name of Monstrum Sepsis to light across the nation and throughout parts of the world.

The band then took the next logical step that seems to be a popular move in the underground electronic music scene lately, to release an EP based on some of the successful works of the previous album.  This brought about the release Doors and Windows.  These two artists continued to build on their experimental talents combining Trance, Industrial, Trip-Hop, Power Noise, Ambient soundscapes and hard-hitting Drum 'n Bass.  The ability to mix all of this up into an enjoyable album takes hard work, imagination and talent, and this duo pull it off well.  The next step came about in spring of 2005 with the release of their awesome new album movement, picking right up where they left off delving into new experimental and powerful territory.

While their works are quite experimental, they still manage to pull together some nice accessible tracks which many listeners of the Gothic Paradise radio shows will recognize.  And so they continue to build on what they've started and we hope for more to come.  Be sure to listen to the Gothic Paradise club mix radio show for a variety of selections past and present.


Movement – Review

After the previous works from this band, it is always a treat to presented with something new.  Each time it becomes a guessing game as to what new angle or experiment the band will throw at us next. This album is no different with it's many twists and turns delving into every possible instrumental electronic genre.

Powerful and moving are the two adjectives that first come to mind as I put this album on and listen to it over and over.  "Trojan Horse" is really almost spellbinding, holding the listener entranced as it slowly progresses through it's various movements.  It starts out fairly slow and subdued, gradually building up and morphing through various styles of trip-hop, smooth electronics and on into power-noise and plenty of distortion and bum-shaking beats.  This is right where "Moving Backwards To Proceed" picks up, with the mid to fast-paced beats and various electronics moving the track right along with never a dull moment.  At this point we're left in the middle of an earthquake of sound as the noise element kicks in on "Least" with minimal electronics constantly transforming and plenty of beats and distortion.

That is the basic pattern, slow, building, climax, sudden stop, building, fading, and so on.  Powerful beats fade to minimalistic noise such as through the next two tracks "Beat Per Trip" and into "The Total Cost".  This gives way to sudden harsh noise abruptly waking the listener in "Wasted & Shaven" and almost equally intense "Green River".  Once again it gives way to "Less Is More" which slowly moves along and builds up to "Tom Thumb".  This leaves us with the catchy and melodic track "A Place And Time" and finally "Corona Dissolve" with unique experimental textures slowly fading and wrapping up the album.

There it is in some detail, an excellent and well-varied album full of the powerful music we've really grown to enjoy from this group.  I think that what makes this group stand out amongst other similar artists in the noise, experimental, electro and ambient genres is their use of smooth melodies alongside harsh grooves and distorted rhythms.  They come together so well from the sweet ambient pieces to the sweet grooves and powerful beats.

Rating: 4.5/5


Doors and Windows – Review

If the you're familiar with and enjoy the excellent album Deep Sea Creatures, then this EP is definitely the perfect follow up for you.  The album includes some incredible remixes of the "DSC" and "Doors and Windows" from the previous album. Besides the treat of these good remixes, we're also presented with five exclusive new tracks that continue to build on the powerful experimental ambient tracks we've grown to enjoy over the last few years.

To kick it all off we have a live version of "Walk Out" which apparently, the original doesn't even appear on any previously released albums.  This commanding track really pours on the overpowering bass that provides a great subwoofer treat.  The next exclusive track "Painfully Obvious" is a laid-back trip through ambient soundscapes and mid-tempo beat mixed up with a number of experimental, but ambient-style sounds.  If you think this track is too laid-back, "Thermodynamics" will definitely make up for it with a driving, fast-paced beat and harsh, pulsating synths and experimental sounds clashing and driving the music along.  The power electronics and beats really kick in on "Punch the Red Circle".  This is one that Power Noise fans can really get into because of a number of distorted drums and percussion banging away as various other eclectic sounds come into play.  And finally we're left with "Skipping Stone" as the last of these new unreleased works.  This track turns into a truly diverse roller coaster ride.  You begin a nice trip down an ambient pathway and suddenly about halfway through you're launched into a bumpy drum n' bass ride that slowly fades away back to the ambient soundscapes the track started out with.  Just over seven minutes long, there's plenty to enjoy just in this one track.

That brings us to the various remixes that appear on this EP.  "DSC" is remixed first by Android Lust which ends up being my favorite track on this EP.  The more accessible electronic soundscapes and steady beat provide a nice backdrop for the experimental sounds.  The second remix is the "Torrent Vaccine Remix" which follows along well with the original track, but builds a little more of an edge into it adding a few more electronic elements and distorted rhythms for a nice touch on this already stellar track.

"Doors and Windows" is the title track, and I guess the main theme for this EP and appears with four remixes by Mimetic, Displacer, Haujobb and I, Parasite.  All of these are well-recognized names in the experimental electronic and noise scene and so fit perfectly with this album.  Each presents a unique remix that are all enjoyable in their own way.  It's hard to pick a favorite, but at this point I lean toward the powerful remix that Mimetic brings to us.  But it's really up to the listener, there may be a favorite band or style and each of these groups manage to bring that to the remix and so each listener could enjoy one more than another.  You'll just have to check them out and judge for yourself.

Overall, this is a great EP and I think just really stands as a testament of the great album that Deep Sea Creatures is and the talents this duo brings to the scene.  It's more than just twisting nobs and putting loops together, somehow pulling these diverse styles into a few tracks just works.

Rating: 4/5


Website: www.monstrumsepsis.com
Label: WTII Records

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