Churner – Boneyard CD

27 February 2011 tankakern No Comment

Churner – Boneyard CD

Violent Noise Atrocities

Boneyard is one of the many 2010 releases from the prolific Churner, and where he took the lo-fi, melodic sound on the previously reviewed and ill-planned Florescent Bondage, he goes for a much more straightforward approach on this EP. Boneyard is a very appropriately titled EP; the moody, dismal sounds presented here completely evoke the mood of a creepy, fog filled graveyard. Nothing here is very innovative or original; Churner just traverses the soundscape deftly and has created an atmospheric, albeit short soundtrack to an imagined trek through a sinister necropolis.

Digging Up Graves is a harsh, wailing piece that gets into some really desolate tones near the end. The majority of the track consists of an ebb and flow of sonic assault; waves and crescendos of noise are followed by a dreary section that does the most on this album to conjure images of graves and corpses. The amount of reverb is massive and while the song is a pretty typical noise track, it’s definitely a well done one.

Night Vulture starts out with more of a dark ambient feel with noise overlay. The sense of impending dread is palpable. Churner does well on this track with mixing a sound that reminds one of a typical horror movie with typical nihilistic harshness seen in the noise genre. The track quickly becomes a noise track like the first, but the transition is seamless.

Overall, I found Boneyard to be an enjoyable album. Both tracks are dense with trepidation and dismay. This is a sound that Churner produces much more effectively. I can’t call this a necessary listen, but fans of the sound won’t be let down.

Composition: ★★★½☆
Sounds: ★★★½☆
Production Quality: ★★★☆☆
Concept: ★★★½☆
Packaging: ★★½☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

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