Review Summary: Dark ambient crafted with surgical precision. Perfect for meditation on death
Another tape release of Heilige! is a captivating work that immerses the listener in a world of gushing blood. The soundscape is crafted with surgical precision, with each repeating loop placed to create a sense of spatial depth that is haunting.
One of the most impressive aspects of Anatomy is the use of texture. The sounds are arranged to create a sense of moving through the blood vessels.
The overall atmosphere is bleak and foreboding, with a sense of decay that permeates every moment of the track. Despite this, there is a certain beauty to the way in which this split is arranged.
The production quality of the release fits the expectations, with a warm, abrasive sound that gives the music a tactile, almost physical quality. The use of tape adds an extra layer of depth to the sound, making it feel like throwing salt on the ground.
Erntegang on the other hand is different. The german ritualist does more musical martial industrial with crunchy vocals and percussion buried in reverb. As you might have expected the track about plague sounds remarkably eerie. Given the length of almost four minutes, this psalm of a track goes the distance from developing a real song structure, before slowly disintegrating into separate loops and sounds.
Such kind of ambient is a masterclass in creating a meditation on death. It is a great option for anyone who finds Lustmords’ sound too bright in general. Heilige! go all-in on authenticity, carefully choosing both his associates and genre boundaries, in which he operates. And if you dig tape releases as a thing, you might consider getting yourself a Blood Injection.