Nyodene is an American solo-project of one Aaron Vilk. It was founded in 2008 to create industrial ambient, but over time evolved into a noisier project focusing on death industrial, power electronics, and strong social and cultural criticism and questioning.
"The Hand of Oblivion" opens up the tape with a grainy, slowly waving drone, with a slow metallic rhythm in the background and a spoken male sample on top, but after reaching four minutes the song turns into a mash-up of metal beats and scrap metal noise which is tied together by a pulsating mass of grainy and oppressive distortion. This overwhelming force is topped with really violent, distorted and dedicated male shouts, that should sound great to everyone who appreciates the vocals of Grunt for example. After the song's short and calm outro, we get to "Horror Vacui" which starts right away with it's violent metal junk noise-chaos. The recording equipment and the songs' mastering mashes the sounds up a bit and gives them a good and sturdy low end, which makes the songs fleshier and gives them the dark feel that suits the album's agitating nature. The third tune takes the soundscape to a bit calmer waters through putting together some dense and low drones and strongly beating rhythms, and, although the slightly lo-fi recording equipment shines through here, the track conjures up an oppressive atmosphere.
After the listener has relaxed a bit and turned the tape around, we get another calm start of harsh, gritty and droning noise which is topped by a sample of someone speaking. These more fragile layers of noise entwine with each other to create an interesting and detailed backdrop for the hostile shouting vocals, and serve as a nice change from the full-fledged violence. B2 is one of my personal highlights of this album. It's otherwise very similar to it's predecessor, but has harsh and screeching layers of noise on top of the more detailed and "quieter" action, and features a crude and catchy drum loop, which brings a whole new musical dimension to the tune. I found it to be just a bit too repetitive and eventually boring in its simplisticity, and would have needed a slightly altered sound to fully function. Still, it's an interesting add. The last song is almost melancholic due to its less violent vocals and more dark ambient-like approach, and shows yet another side to Nyodene D's expression. Stylish, for sure.
Nyodene D is not a mere musical experience, but also a lyrical one. The strong lyrics deal with lack of freedom, the current political system, and overall around the topic on how people being enchained and oppressed, and with the reasons and means to break these chains. The lyrics blend in perfectly with the dark and violent tunes, and clearly display the artist's zeal for his art and its message. It's a shame that the crude and simplistic visual side isn't up to par with either of these. The tape's sides aren't labeled either, but you can follow the songs by keeping the lyrics-sheet at hand - whether this was intentional or not, I can't tell.
The album shows many sides to the artist's approach and surely makes an impact, both musically and lyrically. It's just a bit too scattered for it's own good, and the songs don't come together the way they should. I think the whole could've been better if it was a bit longer, as then the songs would've had more time to blend together and to reach further towards their own limits; now it seems that some of the songs end too short, or didn't manage achieve to their deepest core. To sum it up, Nyodene D seems to be a noteworthy artist.