Review Summary: Death industrial son........can you count to 11? EHHHHH? Riddle me this motherfucker...what's blue, has a shell and two cannons on it;s back?
Genre tagging is always fun in my book, especially when it‘s taken way too far. To show you what I mean let me present you with some fine examples. Witch house, chill wave, dream-folk, noise pop, freak folk, atmospheric death metal, power electronics, dark ambient, death industrial. Now, I love these genres, I really do, but it seems like people have a bit too much time on their hands to go around declaring so many new sub-genres. The excess levels of pretense and overly ambitious mindsets that contribute to the development of these absurd forms of music can only be commended based on the sheer creativity of these enthusiastic ***asses. The band I intend on reviewing today, Dagda Mor, has been tarred and feathered by the unseen hordes with death industrial. According to sources, death industrial is a fusion of dark ambient, industrial and power electronics. However, I’m not inclined towards the band because of it’s catchy descriptions. No, I like the band because I enjoy listening to dark, atmospheric music. ***.
Dagda Mor is a long running outfit from Germany who I really don’t know much about other than that I enjoy their 1997 EP entitled “This Sun For Europe”. The EP is a tiny morsel of all that is bleak, sorrowful and lamenting. Perfect for all those would be kviltists who want to *** around in forests engaging in woodland ceremonies and vegan picnics. The music on this ep is heavily synth based, and in true dark ambient fashion it exudes a sense of nihilistic indifference to the pathetic, self deprecating wasteland that is known as society. Drum loops, a cautious amount of reverb and heavy distortion are integrated in the musical backdrop to provide added flair, with muffled vocal samples rambling about through the ep’s dense sound. The music is unorthodox in song structure, opting for a free flowing environment where clean, melodic synth lines descend into harsh, noisy terrain. I find this dynamic intriguing, especially when the piano comes into play. The track “Wir Tragen Das Leben” forays into lighter territory with an almost new age feel to it. In the track, a repetitive synth line is layered with piano, providing a calming and almost spiritual aesthetic that leeds me to believe this would be a perfect song to mediate to. ***. ***.
There isn’t much experimentation, catchy songwriting, or technical instrumentation displayed on this offering. It all sounds pretty simple for better or worse. At worst it’s minimalist, pretentious bull*** tailormade for hipster faggots. At best it’s perfect downtime music for putting on after a long day. I personally enjoy this when I want to *** off from society/my daily routine and relax. If you enjoy instrumental music with a bias-free approach to music then you should enjoy this. It’s not essential by any means but it’s an enjoyable listen nonetheless. ***. ***. ***.