Feb 2014 04

UVL - DistillatoryUVL
Category: Power Noise
Album: Distillatory EP
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: The muted vestiges of uniqueness make it difficult to veil this power noise neophyte as anything other than garden variety.


Founded in 2011, Energun Records has been gaining some popularity for being known as a launch pad for the emergence of electronic artists in the former Soviet Union. While bringing back old-school techno seems to be the label’s main objective and, oddly enough, UVL’s forte, that didn’t stop them from dabbling in power noise. Striving for more of a lo-fi, archaic approach to the genre, Distillatory sees the act struggling to find a distinguishable trait to set itself apart from the crowd.

Mechanical blasts and grainy surges in “Bathory” frantically race along to an all too familiar and straightforward sound reminiscent of concoctions explored by Converter, Hypnoskull, and a myriad of other acts well over a decade ago. While this is by no means a bad thing for goth/industrial clubs, aficionados of this breed of music may have a difficult time finding singularity, let alone lasting appeal. The merciless sweeping grinds and ghoulish drones, which contain an elegiac quality in “Hahn” does, however, add some depth but it’s rarely elaborated on and followed by the far less inspired and unmemorable “Martin.” The closing track, “Toppan,” while its incessant metallic swarms and tepid clashes are merely revisited territory, does slightly fringe back into its emotive drone palette for an ominous atmosphere that is, once again, just ultimately too ephemeral.

While the caustic beats may stand as average by most standards, it’s still hard to shake the feeling that this four track sampler almost seems antediluvian when compared to others in its genus. With the exception of the brief and rudimentary macabre ambience serving as Distillatory’s silver lining, the overall bland aesthetic leaves more to be desired from this Belarus-based effort. Noise buffs will surely thrash the dance floor with some pleasure, but others looking for something more than steadily narrow cacophonous rhythms will have to venture elsewhere.
Track list:

  1. Bathory
  2. Hahn
  3. Martin
  4. Toppan

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Zachary Locke (ZLocke)

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