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[ Oneiroid Psychosis - Stillbirth ]
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[ Ostia - From The Aether ]
In 1992 Lars Hanson began a band called Psychosis with Leif as guest vocalist.  Leif Hanson later became a regular fixture in the duo and legal issues forced a name change to Oneiroid Psychosis.  This group has established themselves over the years by releasing several albums with their first Stillbirth released in 1994.  Three more full-length albums would follow, the third released on the prominent electronic label Nilaihah Records and the fourth on COP International in 2002.  Most recently COP International has re-released the debut album in late 2003 and we can only hope for a follow-up to this re-release with new material.

Oneiroid Psychosis is a very experimental group, delving into the harsh and dark elements of Industrial and Darkwave music.  Some gothic tendencies are there, but mainly in the electronic styles of music.  Pulsating synthesizers, slightly distorted or vocoded vocals are often present with an angst-filled nature to them.  With other side projects to produce the upbeat and groovy elements of their music, this project focuses on the dark, mysterious and disturbing soundscapes.  Some portions you could easily put a mystery, suspense or horror movie to as a soundtrack, while others are an experimental imagintive film in themselves with the interesting lyrics and pulsing music to move it along.

It’s not so much the sinister sound that I enjoy so much in this music, but there’s such an interesting quality that’s hard to explain that draws me to this and other dark electronic and gothi-oriented music.  Something that touches inner feelings and emotions that speaks directly to the listeners soul.


Stillbirth – Review

I was pleasantly surprised to hear of the re-issue of this debut work by this talented group with their unique and dark take on this style of music.  The horror-filled soundscapes on this first album are probably some of the most unique works ever released by this group, yet over the years they’ve been able to match and continue to grow and mature in their sound and talent.  The electronic textures drift into Gothic elements more than the Industrial or other electronic genres of music, making it more of a crossover album enjoyable by those of different tastes.  Fans of Gary Numan, early Nosferatu and  Sopor Aeternus can all find common ground in listening to this album.

“Succubi” envelopes us in the dark textures and oppressive moods that ooze out of the pulsating music and harpsichord-like haunting melodies.  The haunted and tortured vocals are the final icing on the cake in this and all other tracks on this work.  This comes to a dramatic conclusion as we drift into the pounding beats of “Prurience” with harsher textures and a more solid foundation that is very moving and catchy.  And following along the same lines, yet drifting even deeper into the abysmal soundscapes is “Fleshmachine” with the dragging and pounding rhythms.  This all breaks down several times into haunting and dark vocals and instruments.

With that trio of tracks as the intro to this album, they also stand out as possibly the highlights for me.  The tempo varies throughout with a couple of other tracks reaching this level of quality and musical style.  Each track moves in and out of hypnotic rhythms and dark ambient atmospheres.  “Bloodlust” boils up around a throbbing undertow and morphs through to “Menarche” which follows along the same lines leading the listener through a despair-laiden swamp of unique and sinister sounds.  The hypnotic elements loop through each track and we’re finally led to the Dark atmospheric finale of “These Shattered Falling” with the samples forming a perfect accent to the music.  The dreamy atmospheres reach up out of the dark and depressing sounds that have brought the listener this far for a final warm and comfortable resting place.

For a debut album, it’s been worth having re-issued for many to catch up on the first horrific sounds from this group.  In many ways it’s nice to go back and reflect on a how a group has changed or just been able to keep up with their related projects over the years.  This is a nice way to reflect over the past from this group.  Definitely a nice intro for them as well.

Rating: 3.5/5


Website: www.oneiroidpsychosis.com
Label: COP International

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