I have to go song-by- song on this…
1. One thing is for sure about Descension…It quickly overwhelms your speakers with its lo-fidelity, industrial clamor. On the CD opener "Obedience", I kept turning my stereo down so I could make some sense out of it all, but I am not sure I succeeded? It proved impossible to distinguish the harmonic interplay underneath the "hammer on sheet-metal" style production and aesthetic. I would call it: A sonic demonstration of clipped waveforms.
2. On "Burial Ground" there was much more air in the production; combined with the rather Nirvana like chord arpeggiation, it lent itself to a creepy texture that is complimented by some weird sound effects that sound something like a feedback laden, drippy faucet. Probably just harmonics, but at the 8 minute mark, I really didn't care anymore. "Can somebody turn that damn faucet off?"
3. "Woodchurch" sounds amazingly like the last track?! The faucet has been tossed, but the distorted maelstrom is back. It has been placed over the rhythm of the last song with a constant buzzing effect that sounds like static rain. It just plods on and on…..
4. Is that a slide guitar? I think so? That is what kicks off the last song "Disease". Then…it inexplicably changes into kind of a plodding groove with an ultra distorted, farting effect randomly appearing in and out of the mix? Kind of like industrial Jimi Hendrix. You dig?
2. Burial Ground