7 From Life
Sting of The Honey Spider


3.5
great

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by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
July 7th, 2011 | 7 replies | 3,558 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

7 From Life was the one man noise/ritual ambient project of Lawrence Van Horn from the United States which existed from around 1984 to 1987. Through these few years of output several releases such as Souls Of Dead Sharks became known only through the underground tape trading circuit, and 7 From Life faded into near complete obscurity. Sting Of The Honey Spider was released and 1995, with some help from John Zewizz (of Sleep Chamber, Women Of The SS, Cult Ov The Womb, Hidious In Strength, etc.).

The earlier 7 From Life releases were characterised by being a similar mish-mash of lo-fi avant-garde noise to Nurse With Wound (Steven Stapleton's work always seems to be a benchmark of comparison for music like this), but Sting Of The Honey Spider finds us rooted in minimalistic dark ambient territory, or ritual ambient if you will. There are plenty of drawn out synths to go around, non-obtrusive but with just enough melody spiking through to provoke curiosity as layers of tape deck generated noise wash over the listener. Dark, mechnical sounds create a pervading, uneasy sense of atmosphere. Recorded instrumentation such as guitars and bass can be heard, removing us at times from this soullessness into something more ugly and naturalistic. But what rounds it all off, is that shimmering, percussive elements vitrify all this lo-fi goop into something ethereal. Necklace for Tears is the highlight for this reason, as is Rain of Ashes and A World of Pure Salt to a lesser extent.

Sting Of The Honey Spider is a superb piece of ugly dirge, serving to fill the void left by those who have exhausted the earlier releases of Nurse With Wound and Maurizio Bianchi.



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Meatplow
July 8th 2011



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Necklace of Tears - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ-q59zXjuk

long OOP - http://sickness-still-abounds.blogspot.com/2010/05/7-from-life-sting-of-honey-spider-mc.html

kount
July 8th 2011



1225 Comments


mmm sounds goudd

the way u described it sounds pretty relaxing

liledman
July 8th 2011



3817 Comments


sounds cool may check it out

ButcheredChildren
July 8th 2011



5591 Comments


Checking this out.

Meatplow
July 8th 2011



5524 Comments


Meatplow, every time I see one of your reviews I can't help but think of Brighter Death Now.


Odd. I've reviewed very little PE, Brighter Death Now was one of those few acts though.

North0House2
July 8th 2011



5617 Comments


Nice review. It sounded interesting when I listened to it.
From clicking on that link, I found another band in the suggested column that I'm digging a lot too... So I might review them if I ever get the chance.

Digging: Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha

Meatplow
July 8th 2011



5524 Comments


which one?



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