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Adoran - Adoran Award winner

by Spyros Stasis at 01 July 2013, 2:08 PM

The two guys that are working together to bring ADORAN’s music to life need no real introduction. Aidan Baker of NADJA (and of countless other projects) is one of the most important artists in the experimental music scene, and he teams up with Dorian Williamson of HOLOSCENE (and of NORTHUMBRIA), in order to bring to songs of imposing character. ADORAN is a minimalistic Doom project, allowing only the use of bass and drums, which creates soundscapes of undeniably grand cinematic tonality.

Now if what you seek is just heavy and dirty sludge, then this is not for you. But if what you are seeking is an escape from reality then the two songs of “Adoran” will definitely aid you in getting just that. The whole experience takes the best part of an hour to be completed but it is a time well spent. The machine that is ADORAN relies on two different sources: the drums, which in this case act like the heartbeat of the album, setting things in motion and leading the tracks forward, and the bass, crafting the ambience, acting like the neurons signaling the brain on how to perceive the information that are given.

“Careful With The Death Machine” starts of with a repetitive drone while cymbal hits are heard on the background. It takes four minutes for the drums to kick in, at which point it feels like they are completely taking the lead of the song. The atmosphere is getting more and more menacing as time passes, making you think that any moment now the music is going to reach a peak and erupt into a blaze of Sludge…but it does not happen at that point, leaving you with a mixed feeling of longing and fear. The almost heartbeat like sound of the kick drum around the seventh minute of the song is downright disturbing, with a melody coming in at about eleven minutes in the song to mesmerizingly guide you further into the depths of ADORAN and of their death machine. The promise of some catharsis comes about thirteen minutes into the song which then gives its place to an even more minimalistic part of the track aided by the twisted effects. In the last eight minutes of the song ADORAN seem to be letting go of the track at first, one could even say that they are letting the track take over and further lead them on, but they still want to have the last word therefore they suddenly pick it up again about twenty-three and a half minutes until they decide to lay it to rest.

The “Aviator” then takes control, and if you thought that “Careful With The Death Machine” was hostile then you have no idea what is coming here. The song starts of with a fuzzy noise and some experimentation with percussive sounds while drones are coloring the sound. The ambiance is immediately darker and more threatening, with some of the effects being used as sonic knives aimed straight for you ears. The drumming itself is more minimalistic in the track and the bass is the center of the show. The actual intro carries on for the first seven minutes of the track, until a solitary melody comes forth amidst effects, reverse cymbal hits and an ocean of fuzz. The sound is trying to suffocate the listener around the twelfth minute of the song, its density is unreal, and it is as if ADORAN are building a labyrinth around you, without a center or an exit. They finally decide to let you have some room to breathe, with the drums coming slightly upfront and taking the lead but before long they resume their relentless slow pace, and you are left in the band’s inescapable void. But before long you see ADORAN building the song up once again, slowly crafting a tempest, a perfect storm which makes the world around you shudder, making the twenty-second minute of the track their most extreme moment. That continues for another four minutes before they retreat back into their hypnotizing drones and put “The Aviator” to sleep.

If you prefer to listen to individual songs instead of albums, or if you cannot tolerate music that takes its time to unfold then “Adoran” is not for you. But if what you want are experimental sounds, slow progression, a towering atmosphere and an overall overwhelming experience and you have a strong appreciation for acts such as GODFLESH, SWANS and KHANATE then ADORAN is a band you definitely need to check out.

4 Star Rating

1. Careful With The Death Machine
2. The Aviator
Aidan Baker – Drums
Dorian Williamson – Bass
Record Label: ConSouling Sounds


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