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AELTER
III”
EDITION: LP (100 WHITE, 200 BLACK)
CATALOG NUMBER: HB-026
RELEASE DATE: OCT 2011
AVAILABILITY: SOLD OUT

"One half of epic cinematic ambient black chamber doom soundscapers Wolvserpent strikes out on his own to create an epic bit of abstract doom creep, that strips down the Wolvserpent sound to its essence, and creates something equally as haunting and harrowing. Clean spidery guitars unwind over squalls of distorted rumble, drums offer the occasional thud, feedback streaks and shimmers, the sound subtly intensifying, but never really moving beyond a slow motion moonlit drift. It almost sounds like Slint at 16rpm, a glacial post rock, laced with hints of doom, allowed to creep and crawl through an ever shifting field of whir and buzz and shimmer...lush swells of ominous keyboard, muted chugs, sloooow minor key guitars, distant vocals, the overall affect way more pop and pretty than Wolvserpent, but still retaining the same overall grim vibe.…we were pretty surprised by what “III” actually ended up sounding like, both sides, part one and two of one album long song, dramatically different, and neither like anything we’d heard from Aelter before.The A side was maybe the biggest surprise, as it’s all synths, no drums, no guitars, just swirling dreamy synths. A sort of Tangerine Dream / Emeralds style drift, hushed and layered and new agey, dreamily droning, the layers softly pulsing, all hazy and washed out, minimal and mesmerizing, until the last minute or so, where things turn dark.  And the sound gets low and distorted, sounding almost like throat singing, which is right where the B side takes up.

Those throat singing like drones, a backdrop for some dirgey woozy metal, definitely the most metal we’ve heard Aelter get. All low slung bass and dreamy almost shoegazey vox, peppered with almost atonal sounding crescendos, tense and haunting and quite dramatic, but that metal blossoms into something entirely different for the second half of the track. A gorgeous sprawl of hazy gloom pop, fuzzy bass, and swirling synths, and dreamy female vox, the shoegaze element in full effect, a gorgeous, surprisingly pop final movement!” -Aquarius Records

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