The Mexican solo-project Necrosadik has now published its fifth full-lenght. The band's prolific nature is still evident through the amount of splits and albums he's released since its foundation in 2008, but somehow he's managed to give each album their own unique features despite them being released within such a short time period.

Whereas the previous album Katharsis was based on more or less subtle detail and mixing together acoustic and electric guitars and a piano to form a mass of sound, this album is almost wholly based on a single electronic guitar and the sole musician's distorted and painful howls. As was with the previous releases, the songs are not based on composed riffs or other musical features, but rather a vivid and somewhat sloppily played mass of distortion with some occasional rhythm and simple melody to give the songs a structure. This strong and really raw pulse is almost constantly on the move, executing mostly mid-pace and contrast-filled notes. Occasionally some distorted piano-notes and brief bits of acoustic guitar arrive to lighten the heaviness, but otherwise the guitar-distortion is solely responsible for the soundscape.

On top of the hostile guitar there's the distorted vocals that give the songs their meaning; from aggressive shouts to plain inhuman howls, they take the songs' hostility, misanthropy and lunacy further. One can't often make out the words which he's shouting, and it's a shame the lyrics weren't included in the package even if there are a couple of really bleak images to balance this loss. There's often two vocal tracks overlapping each other, which takes the songs' untamed chaos even further and makes the songs sound less bare.

This album is meant for solitary contemplation in the dark. The songs don't really stick to one's mind, aside of the even too minimalistic cover song and the highly atmospheric "radio play"-like finishing one, so it's recommendable to enjoy the album from its beginning to its end in one continuous session - if you can handle the music. The songs aren't that distinctive due to the lack of compositional hooks and such, but you'll notice their differences when listening to the whole album, as that's when they'll reveal their true power and meaning. Do note that it might help you to better understand the album's flow if you're familiar with dark or black ambient.

The bare and full-out hostile approach doesn't bring the best out of Necrosadik and the album is a bit too long, but it's still a pleasing session of ear-torment and masochistic depression to those who have the capabilities to enjoy music (or "music") from such an extreme marginal.

7+ / 10