Gate to Gate
I Turn Black Keys


2.5
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Review

by For Meatplow USER (61 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2010 | 14 replies


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Review Summary: This is what happens when a castigating, haunting smear of violent genres is haunted by a castigating, boring smear of violent genres.

Rarely does an album cover tell all, but in the case of Gate to Gate's I Turn Black Keys, it's a tell-all confessional, as the scribble-scrabble scrawl and abstract mansion on the cover correctly shout out that this album will be dark and unforgiving. It's committed to giving you nothing less than a non-stop sensory assault - nothing less than a culmination of all things morose and grim by using blustering distortion, absolutely terrifying howls and chilling stretches of determined noise to represents some awful, haunting loneliness. It encompasses despair and agony throughout over an hour's worth of material, and though it's generally a convincing atmosphere, it's a tiring one that leads to the album's overall downfall.

Listeners begin their descent into the hellish place that is I Turn Black Keys with a song by the same name, a nearly forty-minutes-long whir of noises that oscillate between dissonant pitches and squalls. For the first few minutes, the track does as intended, but a violent yet predictable percussion-based maelstrom comes in and refuses to go anywhere or do much that's entertaining. Certainly it's nothing that warrants its hilariously pretentious runtime. Spacious drones collide with black metal's guitar tones and distortion, but overall the track is a prolonged mess of lo-fi dark ambient ideas with no real unifying theme or focal point to bring them together into a mildly interesting whole. However, things get better when tracks are cut down to ten minutes long and these dissonant yet expansive soundscapes become more refined.

"Bane Part 1" shows Gate to Gate doing what they do best: building up a cantankerous wall of glitches, guitar chords and percussion fits only to let it disintegrate into some otherworldly smear of discord and despair. The song's second part continues this atmosphere in an involving, catastrophic smear with howls and shrieks all over. It evolves into some droning abyss of ambience, and from there it transforms into some visceral brand of black metal, thus proving Gate to Gate as masters of musical metamorphosis. Each of their build-ups, transitions and atmospheric shifts (from sad to wrathful, essentially) show Gate to Gate delivering the horror goods with a macabre touch and an eerie instant that's almost too good to miss. But unfortunately they throw all this potential to the curb with some over half-hour long mess of placid, abrasive drones that starts I Turn Black Keys on such a terrible path that it would have taken some miracle for the makers to guide it back on the right one. That overlong, arduous amalgam of lo-fi black metal and hammering noise is perhaps the only drawback - no, it is the only drawback - to an otherwise haunting, castigating release of mammoth, and I mean mammoth, proportions.



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Bitchfork
December 23rd 2010


7584 Comments


The first track is for people who have very low standards when it comes to black noise. The rest is fine though but it's from two other tapes so if you already had them this album is pointless.

AggravatedYeti
December 23rd 2010


7685 Comments


so kvlt its on cassette.

Bitchfork
December 23rd 2010


7584 Comments


Everything is on a cassette nowadays. I mean, back in 2004, I thought cassettes were such an LLN thing but apparently not.

BallsToTheWall
December 23rd 2010


44410 Comments


Review is fresh to death.

Digging: She Past Away - Belirdi Gece

Enotron
December 23rd 2010


7695 Comments


oh merry christmas bitchfork

AggravatedYeti
December 23rd 2010


7685 Comments


everything was on cassette in 1986 as well.
not much has changed apparently.

Bitchfork
December 23rd 2010


7584 Comments


thanks balls
the only cassette i need is my trash dog cassette and i'll be fiiinnneee

TheSpirit
December 23rd 2010


17855 Comments


lol




blakk noize

Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

DoubtGin
December 23rd 2010


6752 Comments


sounds awful

Dryden
December 23rd 2010


12928 Comments


nice

Bitchfork
December 23rd 2010


7584 Comments


dryden would love the last forty minutes of this

TheSpirit
December 23rd 2010


17855 Comments


Austin what label is the band from?

Dryden
December 23rd 2010


12928 Comments


describe the last 40 minutes in detail

Bitchfork
December 23rd 2010


7584 Comments


Troniks and Pacrec (iheartnoise.com if that's what you were wanting me to say.)

"Bane Part 1" shows Gate to Gate doing what they do best: building up a cantankerous wall of glitches, guitar chords and percussion fits only to let it disintegrate into some otherworldly smear of discord and despair. The song's second part continues this atmosphere in an involving, catastrophic smear with howls and shrieks all over. It evolves into some droning abyss of ambience, and from there it transforms into some visceral brand of black metal, thus proving Gate to Gate as masters of musical metamorphosis. Each of their build-ups, transitions and atmospheric shifts (from sad to wrathful, essentially) show Gate to Gate delivering the horror goods with a macabre touch and an eerie instant that's almost too good to miss.



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