Wreckmeister Harmonies – Night of Your Ascension (2015)


Featuring over 30 musicians ranging from members of Yakuza to The Body, Wreckmester Harmonies is the brainchild of J.R. Robinson. Mixing elements of Drone, Doom, Post-Metal, and ambient into one very dense wall of sound, the collective creates haunting music that goes beyond just making crushing and punishing tracks. In this release we are presented with two monumental tracks that combined clock in around 48 minutes of sheer darkness and emotion.

Leading the charge we have the opening 32-minute behemoth “Night of Your Ascension” which starts in a very ethereal way. The bone-chilling female angelic voices slowly lead into compelling string instrument arrangements just before it all turns completely somber with some punishing Doom riffs. This transition is handled in a very masterful way, as the tension is slowly rising. The heavier side of this track is filled with punishing riffs and some hellish screams that create a sense of urgency due to their aggressive nature.

With a more experimental but equally chilling and disturbing opening, “Run Priest Run” instantly creates tension via its contrasting Drone elements against the angelic female vocals. The riffing is not delayed too much in this piece as it quickly soars through the mix, adding a layer of brutality to the track. The chilling progression of this track is quite disturbing as screams of pain are layered on to the crushing riffs and Drone elements, making up a very dissonant and gut-wrenching musical experience.

As a whole, “Nigh of Your Ascension” is a unique musical experience that fans of Drone, Doom and Atmospheric music should greatly appreciate. Each of the two tracks has a very natural progression that goes from mellow to creepy in a few minutes. If you like experimental music that is very well crafted and eerie, Wreckmeister Harmonies has just the album for you.

Band: Wreckmeister Harmonies Album: Night of Your Ascension

Label: Thrill Jockey

Release: November 13th, 2015

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Genre: Experimental / Drone / Doom

Country: USA

Rating: 90/100

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