"Gridfailure is the unforeseen, disharmonic outcome of an experiment that rapidly spiraled out of control in very recent weeks."
So states the creator of Ensuring the Bloodline End Here, the debut from Gridfailure, the alter-ego of one David Brenner (Theologian, ex-Heidnik, Vise Massacre, and one-half of Earsplit PR/The Compound Records). At it's core, Ensuring the Bloodline Ends Here is a collection of unused solo musical pieces recorded at various studio sessions since the early part of 2016. Digging into the album, it's a suffocating, dense, and nightmarish miasma of dissonant sounds, Brenner utilizing everything but the kitchen sink, musical or not, to help him express his vision. The title track alone is as creepy as it gets, as you close your eyes and imagine yourself in a dark, desolate house, the heavy footsteps of impending doom as some unforeseen monstrosity approaches from the depths. "Self-Exile" chills with ominous soundscapes and distant, tortured vocal wails, while the haunting "Apparitions Revenge" blends the sounds of early Tangerine Dream styled krautock/space rock with horrific musical imagery. Low moans drift across the cosmos on the dark, menacing "Paranoia Will Not Coagulate", and the slow build of "Welcoming Pyroclastic Eradication" puts the listener on a lonely planet somewhere in the vast region of the universe, totally alone, and scared shitless.
For many, Ensuring the Bloodline Ends Here will be completely non-musical and a tough listen, but it's clear that was the intent here. Gridfailure/Brenner instead opted for disturbing soundscapes meant to set a mood, prompting the listener to shut out the rest of the world, close their eyes, and let these nightmarish sounds take them to a place they might not be comfortable with, but are taking a chance to explore nonetheless. I don't think enough people use their imaginations these days, and by allowing this set of psychotic noise to permeate your soul and take you into the abyss, it will be an experience you won't soon forget, and might just want to revisit again, and again.
1) Shedding The Husk
3) Ensuring The Bloodline Ends Here
4) Apparitions Revenge
5) Paranoia Will Not Coagulate
6) Shackled, A Crown Aflame
7) Traumatized By This New Reality
8) Welcoming Pyroclastic Eradication