Hypnotic, unsettling and unclassifiable, Catafalque categorically do not compose music…..or, more often than not, even indistinguishable tracks! What they do provide is the incessant humming, churning and droning soundtrack to the end of the world; whether that be the rise of Satan and his pitch-fork wielding minions or the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse, the result is the same….the aural equivalent of the end of days.
Somewhat of an oddity, Corpses consists of the first three tracks Catafalque ever recorded (unreleased until now) alongside a selection of remixes and re-imaginings and one brand new track titled “Outer Heaven”, which at least provides some semi-respite from the carnage that comes before it!
To be blunt, after 15 minutes of exposing yourself to Catafalque’s cacophony you’ll be sweating nervously, acknowledging that there’s still an hour to go and your underwear may not be up to the task. Those who persist will be rewarded but not in a fashion usually expected. Instead, Catafalque’s noise will engulf your senses and leave you doubting your sanity….and what day it is….and what your name is….and if those things on the end of your legs are even called feet. It’s disorientating but in all the right ways.
Only the most masochistic of individuals will even attempt to absorb Corpses in its entirety in one sitting….but we’re guessing there’s plenty of you out there!
7/10 (we think, our ears are still humming and we may still be in a semi-conscious state, it’s hard to bloody tell!)
Corpses is due for release on 14th Feb, 2020 via Trepanation Recordings.