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Source: http://artfailure.blogspot.de/2017/10/coma-cluster-void-thoughts-from-stone.html

2016's Mind Cemeteries was a blistering release. It was full of energy, ideas and you may recall I once compared its twisting, labrynthine take on death metal to the plot of Event Horizon: Death Metal passing through dimensions, only to return changed, inhuman and no longer tethered to the concerns of mere mortals.

This album drew a lot of comparissons to groups such as Gorguts, Deathspell Omega and Ion Dissonance and while that was almost always in effusive praise, it quite possibly started to wear a bit thin.

So we come to the tail end of 2017 and my own framing device has received a tweak. You see, Coma Cluster Void are no longer space travellers happening upon extra-dimensional horrors. They are themselves the horrors spilling in to our universe and giving us a glimpse of the what lurks behind the veil. Clad in black and exploring the further recesses of their experience, CCV are death metal cenobites dismantling and disfiguring the flesh of the genre and sculpting grotesque works of art from its entrails.

To call their new release, Thoughts From A Stone, forward thinking is in many ways a disservice. Its bizarre sonic sprawl doesn't represent foresight in to the development of the genre of tech death or a progression that may be adopted in the years to come. Instead it stands tall as a strange monolith all of its own.

From the opening whipsers of I Breathe an Awakening to the decaying drone the signifies the end of We Are As Low there is nothing typical to be found. Each movement arrives as a fully realised moment in itself while informing whats to come and what came before. Every aching note, every spasming riff strives to shake off easy comparissons. It is hard to speak about specific moments as it is a record that should be digested whole, however whether it is Sculpting This Vision's percussion led descent in to madness or the insidious incantations of Mother, Dreamer that recalls the feel of Lalo Schifrin's rejected score for The Exorcist, there are standout moments to be found throughout the run time.

It's tempting to say that CCV have thrown down the gauntlet to other tech death bands in a year that has already seen really strong releases in the genre from PyhrronArtificial Brainand more besides but truthfully Thoughts From A Stone is so distorted and horrifying that it feels apart from such things. It simply just is and feels like it has always been there waiting for a band like Coma Cluster Void to reveal to us.

They have such sights to show you.

Source: https://metalobscura.com/critica-coma-cluster-void-thoughts-from-stone-2017/

"I dare to say that something similar has never been heard in the broad context of metal ... Be clear: this is one of the best works you can hear this year. Do not miss the hype."

Coma Cluster Void, para mi, pasó de ser el grupo en el que cantaba Mike DiSalvo (ex-Cryptopsy) a ser un complejo ente musical multicultural e internacional que agrupa los músicos contemporáneos más interesantes y rompedores de los últimos tiempos. Sólo tuve que escuchar unas cuantas miles de veces su debut Mind Cemeteries para darme cuenta.

Su propuesta es atípica y complicada de describir. Disonancias, tempos enrevesados, letras evocadoras, y, sobre todo, un ímpetu por traspasar límites nunca antes rebasados. Me atrevo a decir que nunca se ha escuchado algo parecido en el amplio contexto del metal.

Thoughts From A Stone continúa la historia tras Mind Cemeteries del personaje The Iron Empress a través de la frase “Through dead we part”, la cual se escuchaba justo al final  de su primer disco. Esta vez experimentaremos el horror sónico a través de una única canción de casi 22 minutos. Un planteamiento nada habitual del que Gorguts, por ejemplo, hizo uso el año pasado mediante su Pleiades’ Dust. Aunque con una diferencia. No cabe duda de que Gorguts lanzó un gran disco que recibió estupendas críticas, pero, a pesar de lo que yo mismo dijera en su día, no suena como una sola composición. Coma Cluster Void, sin embargo, ha conseguido crear una obra que se siente como única. Una verdadera canción que se expande, evoluciona, te absorbe y secuestra del mundo real durante 22 minutos.

Y esto se experimenta desde el primer momento, cuando, tras una narración por parte de Genevieve DiSalvo, se desata una implacable trituradora formada por una aplastante base rítmica de Sylvia Hinz y Chris Burrows adornada por las siniestras disonancias de John Strieder, dando forma a esta sobrecogedora obra. Acaba de iniciarse una asfixiante y terrorífica atmósfera que nos acompañará a lo largo de Thoughts From A Stone.

Sin embargo, Coma Cluster Void no se limita a repetir la fórmula de su primer disco. La complejidad y excelencia compositiva ha aumentado. Las capas musicales se han incrementado y enriquecido entre sí. Además, esta nueva iteración contiene unos cuantos momentos inéditos hasta ahora, como las voces mezzosoprano de Sylvia Hinz que se transforman en un grito, abriendo el camino a las rugientes voces de Genevieve y Mike DiSalvo, turnándose entre ellos para desatar el mismísimo infierno bajo los blast beats de Chris Burrows.

Morded un palo antes de llegar a la sección final de Thoughts For A Stone para evitar un desprendimiento de empastes bucales. Escucharéis un ritmo lentísimo, denso como el núcleo de una estrella, salpicado por las voces ultra guturales de Austin Taylor y del invitado Anthony Lipary(Thoren). En los últimos segundos volveremos a oír la flauta de pico bajo de Sylvia, quizá os suene la melodía. Es la misma que abría Mind Cemeteries. Recordemos ahora que el final de éste se enlaza con el principio de Thoughts From A Stone. Ambos detalles crean conceptualmente entre los dos álbumes un bucle infinito inesperado y apabullante, una especie de paradoja temporal.

La producción y sonido del álbum, cortesía de John Strieder y sus Magma Studios, es increíble, suena incluso mejor que el debut. El muro sónico que genera Thoughts From A Stone podría poner a prueba la estructura de un edificio de hormigón armado. Algo que me ha encantado es que se nota una mayor presencia del bajo, un gran acierto. Aumenta la viscosidad del producto final, y nos permite deleitarnos más fácilmente con el instrumento.

Una auténtica maravilla este trabajo de Coma Cluster Void que supone otro giro de tuerca en su carrera. Se están convirtiendo en unos revolucionarios, en los responsables de que, dentro de un tiempo, el death metal tal y como lo conocemos trascienda hacia otros terrenos inexplorados pero no menos contundentes. Thoughts From A Stone os fagocitará durante 22 minutos, no dejándoos escapar hasta que termine. Tened claro que este es uno de los mejores trabajos que podréis escuchar este año. No os lo podéis perder.

Source: https://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/40

"Coma Cluster Void released their Mind Cemeteries debut album in 2016, a dense, thundering, dissonant set that sounded like death metal being stripped for parts by a crew of junk sculptors. ... This follow-up EP is a direct continuation of that approach. Made available as a CD or as a single-sided LP, it condenses a lot of information into just 22 minutes 

Source: http://www.metalorgie.com/groupe/Coma-Cluster-Void

Thoughts From A Stone ( 2017 )
Fiction of literary anticipation.

The musical chroniclers do not have fun everyday. They have to listen to hundreds of records every year, perform sorting, and, depending on their personal background, isolate a few dozens about which they may have something to write about. They must then demonstrate that they know what they are talking about, while remaining objective. While avoiding to imply that they could be an absolute fan of the band...

So when this journalist decided to review the new EP of Coma Cluster Void, the band whose first effort 'Mind Cemeteries' he did not hesitate to qualify as 'album of the year 2016', things get complicated. Subjectivity lurks …

Apparently, everything gets carried away: a brigade of the 'Ethics Committee of Arbitrary Sense' - a committee that is interested in the substance and not in the spelling – intervines and challenges the wrongdoer before a judge. The judge will try to understand the rampant, sometimes too lyrical outburst of an review, and then pronounce a sentence that will appear to him equitable.

We have been allowed to reproduce here, as an example, a few passages from the offender's hearing:


Judge Hitsous: Sit down, sir... Skalkulo. That's not a name … I can assure you!

The clerk, Mr. Mortelle: Shall I take off the handcuffs, honoured Judge?

Judge: Nooo, ... he would be able to write! Okay, let's move quickly.
Regarding 'Thoughts From A Stone', the new EP of the band Coma Cluster Void, you were about to write: „It took a lot of talent and creativity to get 'Thoughts From A Stone' out only one year after the revolutionary 'Mind Cemeteries'. We know a lot of bands would have reclined two or three years on an album so rich of innovations of all kinds.“ Is that what you wanted to write? For heaven's sake! ... Aren't we a bit grandiloquent here, sir... Skalkulo? So?

Chronicler: Hmm mhmh hmhm houm mhoumm!

Judge: Don't try to be arrogant, dear sir, that will not settle your case. I continue: „John Strieder, the great architect and composer of the Coma Cluster Void project, once again demonstrates his incomparable talent for transforming primal chaos into a meaningful musical entity. 'Thoughts From A Stone' exaltates all the genious musical ideas already developed on 'Mind Cemeteries' into a single unit of 22 minutes, which have to be conceived as a structured symphony of the universal chaos.“ … Still nothing to say?

Chronicler: Hmm mmhm umhmem!

Judge: As I thought.

Clerk: But Judge Hitsous...

Judge: Shut up, I make the decisions here, Mortal! Well, well I'm continuing a little further: „Coma Cluster Void successfully tightens a little more its tech-death / math and puzzles further the multiple broken rhythms (between minutes 2 and 12), the ten strings of John Strieder dispute with the furious drums of Christopher Burrows to the dense bass of Sylvia Hinz.“ … further on: „... and the musical findings seem to be endless on this EP, which wants to tell us more about the 'Iron Empress', this pre-universal heroine out of the smoking ruins of 'Mind Cemeteries'. Take the intro, where the strings of the ensemble XelmYa glide sublimely, for two minutes, as if to protect the first disordered breaths of new life; the brilliant dissonant deceleration (between 12'40'' and 14'10''), almost jazzy, carried by the vapurous vocalise of Sylvia Hinz; the slow rise (between 14'30'' and 16'00''), a symmetrical fold of the previous movement, which reopens the door to grunt vocals subtly shared between Mike DiSalvo and Genevieve DiSalvo, between short cannons and brief exchanges. Magnificent.“ Well, then...

Clerk: ... Judge, we should take off the gag!

Judge: Good! Obviously... why didn't you tell me before? Ah... you're tiring me, Mortal.

Chronicler: And what did you want me to write? How rarely has one heard such originality, such technical and structural mastery; How rarely have so many ideas been synthesized in one musical piece? What ...

Judge: Shut up! He got some nerve! It's a shame!

Chronicler: ... that Coma Cluster Void just said more in one EP than others in twenty LPs? That Thoughts From A Stone...

Judge: Gag him!!!

Chronicler: ... listen in a loop... hmmm mhumm...

Judge: After deliberation, the court condemns you... to silence!


And this is, in essence, why there will be no review of 'Thoughts From A Stone', the latest EP of 'Coma Cluster Void'.

- Skalkulo

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