Bands with such provocative titles tend to go one of two ways. Either the name is chosen for purely emotive reasons and the whole affair turns out to be a bunch of 17 year old screamo-metalheads who think such mystique is a sure way of getting a girlfriend (it isn’t, believe me) or it is actually a reflection on the bands unusual approach to making music. Thankfully the latter is the case here as Post Death Soundtrack more than live up to the intrigue posted in the name and proceed to explore dark philosophies and otherworldly ideas through a strain of blasted gothic soundtracks, doom laden guitar and demonic synth symphonies. And if the term gothic conjures images, especially these throw-away days, of cyber-punkery and pretentious, ponderous paeans to melancholy and longing, the music found on It Will Come Out of Nowhere easily swerves such cliches and instead is more akin to Bauhaus or the resurgent works of The Telescopes diabolical and cavernous sound.
Chosen Sons is the perfect place to start, an opening salvo that mixes their brutal electronic soundscaping and skittering beats with ritualistic vocals into a dark, shamanic incantation. And if that is the band at their more aggressive extreme songs such as Dark Matter revel in the territory of a maniac lullaby, more effective for its sing-song and matter of fact vocal deliveries and its almost nursery rhyme style before the whole thing implodes in on itself in a tsunami of beats and bombastic riffs.
And if those two songs set out the demarcations of the dynamics that the band work with, you then find that between those two points things don’t get any easier to classify. Ripples in the Living Dream is a dance track, of sorts, one where the nightclub playing is probably in a decaying warehouse or dead car plant miles away from civilisation and possibly even in some sort of parallel universe, and as the clock strikes thirteen this is the sound which hits the sky for probably the last party before the apocalypse.
Look at that, they have even got me talking in strange apocalyptic language such is the power of the picture that this music paints, for the duration of the album you are truly fully engaged in their world. It’s like being in a hypnotic state, one where you know that you can wake from should you so chose but where you want to see what the next song brings, what strange offering is just around the corner. Benediction is perhaps my favourite song here, blending eastern vibes with western dystopian-pop…Apocolypto-Beat, perhaps….is that even a thing? Let’s just say that it is and it sounds just like the dark psychedelic grooves that are found here in this perfect mix of orient and occident…and armageddon!
Sometime you work your way through a record for review purposes and it feels like going to work. It Will Come Out of Nowhere feels like going to another dimension.