Markab Project “Music for Chaomantic meditation”

Markab Project “Music for Chaomantic meditation”


VITAL WEEKLY (NZ.), webzine & podcast #1149, 2018 week 38 :
Napharion Zviadadze, the person behind Markab Project, comes from the world of French black metal. Not the Légions Noires stuff as far as I know – in case you were wondering; neither Aryos nor Forlorn (777) ring any bells, but that doesn’t really mean anything any more these days. Moreover, these bands seem very much magick-oriented, which is kind of an exotic theme in BM I guess. According to the biography were dealing with an experimental sonic witchcraft project that combines noise with electronic tribal sounds and ritual ambient. To me the latter two seem to be largely the same thing, still if anything, at least it is a consistent description. ‘Azazel Connexion part 1’ (and there’s only a part one on this EP) instantly kick off with a severely saturated digital drum loop. The low end is very muddled and shaky which makes it a bit of a challenge to sit through. Like with most ritual music, the music is repetitive. With this track however, you seem to get the same kind of global structuring over and over, albeit with slight modifications. This means you basically get a couple of bars of drum loop, some variations, then a drone in which the percussion bells ring on for a bit and then the thing starts over again. The reason of this may have something to do with the esoteric back story of the release, but since this is not explained in any kind of way, it leaves me just with the option of judging the work by its sonic aesthetics. ‘Les Trois Voies’ begins with a noisy loop that seems to consist of distorted hoover synths with an obscure percussion hit somewhere in the background. The level of the drone drops suddenly after a while and a harsh BDN percussion loop fades in and out, which may trick you into believing that the song is at an end, only for the synth loop to suddenly pop back onto the radar. Just like with the first track this process repeats itself a couple of times. The thing is that the sounds themselves are quite good, but the jarring dynamic hole that opens up after each synth and drum loop salvo doesn’t really do it for me. Again the esoteric background makes me believe this work isn’t as random as it comes across now, but this is far from obvious to the layman listener. The third track starts off sounding a bit like an up-tempo Arcana, but within a minute slows down to a more agreeable pace, before it speeds up again slightly. There’s a melodic element portrayed by a somewhat hidden sampled string instrument, next to a persistently swelling granular synth pad. Halfway through the music speeds up again embellished with with additional percussion to then suddenly die off, upon which the synth pad sound becomes a lot louder. This last quirk seems to be the result of extreme maximising during the mastering process, which becomes more evident when a layer of low-end sound is introduced and the level of the drone goes down again. If this treatment is intentional, that is all fine of course, but in my book that just sounds like bad mastering. At this point I am mostly confused about whether this is a project that would like to sound like, let’s say, Arcana or Wadruna, but fails to do so, or that the underlying esoteric elements steer the music into such a direction that comprehension of it becomes impossible for those who have not been initiated – or that the aesthetic merit of the music as such is not of any consequence for the project’s obscured intentions. The title of the EP seems to suggest as much, but then why send it to a couple of n00bs like us, i wonder. Anyway, if you’re up for something different: the EP comes in a nicely designed sleeve with some sexy witchy pics – which is always good of course – and is distributed by Facthedrall’s Hall (…).


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