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Title: 156 (Adel Souto) - "An Accidental Exorcism" full length
Post by: NO PART OF IT on September 23, 2020, 10:46:17 PM


On this new full-length, An Accidental Exorcism, 156 returns to his original experimental industrial sound, but with an added flair. Though the music on this release is still in the spirit of early Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Dept, Crash Worship, and Z'EV, 156 has added the use of synthesizer on some tracks, while still staying away from outsourced samples, as all sounds used are strictly recorded by collaborators. On this newest release 156 pays homage to minimalist horror movie soundtracks, while still sounding like a drum circle in a rusty junkyard, and staying true to the “meditation music for metalheads” motto.

156 is conducted by Adel Souto, who is a Cuban-born musician, multimedia artist, and writer. The outfit started in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood in 2010, but has recently relocated to the Florida Everglades.

Adel began playing music in the late 80s, and had formed or joined many punk and hardcore bands, plus contributing to several albums by other acts. He has written for his own fanzines starting in the early 90s, and has devoted pieces to numerous magazines, fanzines, and websites since. He has released several books, including a “best of”, and a chapbook on the subject of a 30-day vow of silence, while also having translated the works of Spanish poets. His work, both art pieces and photography, has shown in galleries in NYC, Philadelphia, and Miami, as well as in Europe, and South America. His music videos have been screened at NYC’s Anthology Film Archives, and he has lectured on the subject of occult influences in photography at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development's Department of Art and Art Professions.

Title: Re: 156 (Adel Souto) - "An Accidental Exorcism" full length
Post by: NO PART OF IT on October 19, 2020, 05:32:30 AM


Behind 156 is Adel Souto, born inCuba, now living in Florida, who had a bunch of releases so far on such labels as Chondritic Sound, Goat Eater Arts, Humanhood Recordings and Feast Of Hate And Fear, but 'An Accidental Exorcism' is my first encounter with his work. Besides music, he is also active in translating Spanish poetry, writing for magazines and photography. Both the Bandcamp page and Discogs list that his work is "in the spirit of early Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Dept, Crash Worship, and Z'EV", using material from the junkyard as instruments and adds a bit of synthesizer. I also understand he takes sound samples on board from friends. The inspiration for this new release are horror films and I think that shows in the titles of his pieces. If the references given may lead you to think that this is some rhythmic banging on oil drums and sheets of metal, then you are wrong. Just as well as I was, I must admit. The music by 156 (I am not sure what the name means) is the exploration of metallic sounds in a more atmospheric context. I would think he samples his rubbing, scratching, and hitting of metal and puts a bunch of these together in what becomes the composition. He adds the shrieks of a metallic violin In 'Ode To Pazuzu' or a very deep shaking synth in 'Wirling', with some disparate clanking on metal, which is quite the rhythm piece; here, I'd say it is all play live. The music from 156 harks back to the early days of industrial music, mostly Neubauten but without any vocals and more production value when it comes to the use of 'other' sounds. It deepens the original industrial sound and creates a richer and darker atmosphere with it. This is not some tribal oil drumming but the sound of the industry in decay. The soundtrack for the post-industrail society, which we may have left behind us, but then this music is wel-suited for film about that time. Excellent stuff! (FdW)
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Title: Re: 156 (Adel Souto) - "An Accidental Exorcism" full length
Post by: NO PART OF IT on October 24, 2020, 03:35:51 AM

I had gotten to the sharpening-knives-over-digeridoo-like-voices section of “Hearts Devoured” when I was like, “Oh, this is going to be one of those sharpening-knives-over-digeridoo-like-voices records.” It frightened me at first – you have to be a stonehearted man with a heart of pure granite not to quake at the horrific sounds of potential murder weapons being made ready among a ritualistic-type environment. Those weapons could actually be the cause of your own murder, you know! But then I reminded myself that letting your imagination run away with you, letting the entire enterprise of listening to an album slip into madness is neither the best use of your time nor an actual potential outcome if you can control yourself. So I shut my eyes, took a deep breath, and opened them again, mind centered to head on to the next track, “Ode to Pazuzu.”

Yeah, An Accidental Excorcism stays firmly in this lane, and 156, aka the Cuban-born Adel Souto, makes good on his promise to craft “meditation music for metalheads.” Stripping the mythology of any good metal concept down to its framework reveals the basic components of abrasive noise and demons, and here Souto combines both for a riveting jolt to the system. This stuff has to be terrifying, and An Accidental Exorcism is, whether it’s the harrowing horror warmup described earlier or the unholy proto-industrial clang factory found on devastatingly unflinching tracks like “Whirling” or the sinister “Command to Move.” And you have to wonder, was the performance of the exorcism itself accidental – like, the possessed didn’t want the demon out in the first place – or was the exorcism accidentally performed on the wrong person? Either way, I have to imagine the experience would be unforgettable, no matter who it was performed on.

And so 156 slides into the No Part of It catalog as easily as a blade between ribs, his insidious motives known only to himself and label head Arvo Zylo. Or maybe the menace is veiled, and 156 has a hidden, secret, and dangerous agenda that has put Zylo and the entire No Part of It family in grave danger. Whatever the thing about it is, I wouldn’t go answering doors or turning out lights, or ending this séance on the trigger word. I just wouldn’t.

Title: Re: 156 (Adel Souto) - "An Accidental Exorcism" full length
Post by: NO PART OF IT on November 24, 2020, 05:20:55 AM
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