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Monday, November 4, 2013

Outer Gods issue split tape with Unit Charge

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  • Outer Gods

Although it's only been a couple of months since dropping the unending wallow of Light Dims Eternal, Atlanta's terrible twosome Outer Gods has returned with a cassette split with Unit Charge. Appropriately released this past Halloween via bewitched audio house Persistent Midnight, the split is a fitting document of two of Atlanta's most grimly cantankerous noisemakers operating today. Outer Gods' lineup remains solely the Flail and the Wrathe, but the duo's sound is by no means stagnant. "The Great Tower of Gaul," first of OG's two tracks here, opens with a somewhat recognizable rip of a guitar chord. Almost like a gunshot in silence, the storm of sound erupts from out of nowhere, leaving a whiplash of tones in the air. The song's proceeding eight minutes are a veritable wash of all-encompassing noise.

Unit Charge, a new electronic-drone project helmed by Suffer Bomb Damage's Curtis Stephens, takes the less-direct route to mirth and mayhem, opting for white space that's pregnant with impending doom. As though channeling Outer Gods' tainted aura, Stephens' "Midst of the Garden" pushes the concrete noise to the background while keeping incidental odds and ends at the forefront. There's an unsettling rustle throughout the squall, as though the material was accidentally captured by a pocket recorder while traversing a post-apocalyptic haze. At the track's end, there's no telling whether you're at the end or beginning of a cursed journey, but you couldn't be more grateful to be here.

Stream the Outer Gods/Unit Charge split below:

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