We could not agree more with the words José Carlos Santos penned about the newst release on Burning World Records (out in 2 days but available to order on the link below!) down over at Terrorizer.com.
Have you ever wondered what Gnaw Their Tongues mainman Mories does when he’s not producing bile infested, soul destroying black noise of the highest calibre? Well, it turns out he also crafts some of the most powerful, emotionally affecting ambience we’ve ever heard under the name Seirom. He’s just released a brand new album entitled ‘And The Light Swallowed Everything’, and Terrorizer is proud to present an exclusive stream of the record in its entirety…
Most of us who were drawn to Mories’ musical output in any of his many projects are part of that group of people who actually enjoy sonic torture and actively search for the most unpleasant, confrontational or just downright ugly music possible. From the torture chamber of the Dutchman’s most known project, Gnaw Their Tongues, to Cloak Of Altering, De Magia Veterum or Aderlating, among others, there’s always been an underlying nastiness to the man’s work that keeps the musical sadist/masochist/both within us fully satisfied.
Though a few of Gnaw Their Tongues’ less openly abrasive latest works (‘L’Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante’ particularly) might have hinted that something completely different might be brewing in the man’s mind, nothing really could have prepared us for Seirom. Regardless what release you discovered this project with, whether on one of the earlier short EPs, first proper album ‘1973’ in 2012 or just now with this new full-length, the shock is essentially the same.
First of all – yes, it’s all beautiful. It’s all outrageously beautiful, hauntingly, harrowingly, luminously beautiful. The sounds created by Seirom are expansive and inspiring enough to warrant a petition to have them as the official soundtrack to the new ‘Cosmos’ series, but that’s not the biggest shock. What hits you the most is the moment where you realize that Mories (you’ve noticed the reversal of his name for this, right?) is essentially doing the very same thing he’s done in Gnaw Their Tongues. The samples, the electronics, the guitar effects, the overpowering fullness of the sound, the tools are all exactly the same, except used in a completely different way for completely different effects. It’s like a reformed torturer suddenly started using his iron maiden to store ice cream.
Though there’s been already a few Seirom releases, ‘And The Light Swallowed Everything’ really is the epitome of the project so far. The title really says it all regarding what you can expect. Do you know when death or near-death experiences are sometimes portrayed in the movies from the perspective of the dying, when there’s a huge flash of white light that fills the whole screen? This album is a sort of sonic equivalent to a still frame of that exact moment. For 47 whole minutes. And it still doesn’t feel like it’s enough.