Thursday 23 January 2014

Review: In Death It Ends – 'Ghosts'


Porl King's post Miserylab project, the witch house flirting In Death It Ends has maintained a pretty impressive release schedule since its inception. In addition to physical formats releases on CD, vinyl and audio cassette releases there have also been plenty of free downloads, the latest of which is 'Ghosts'.

A two-track single, 'Ghosts', picks up where the last album 'Analog Witch' left off. The first track, 'Ghosts I' is driven with an incredibly catchy bass groove that recalls the likes of Killing Joke's mid-80's sound dragged through minimalistic droning, and grating synths underpinned by a steady beat. It's new-wave meats a minimalistic take on early 90s industrial.

The second track, 'Ghosts II' goes in a more cold wave direction with a more melodic synth sound and distant, repeating vocals. It harks back to a dark but dance friendly post-punk sound reminiscent of the proto-gothic scene.

In Death It Ends may be by nature a lo-fi project, but it doesn't sound cheap or rushed. The songs are well constructed and mixed down with great attention to detail, so as to retain a melodic hook, while maintaining an eerie pervasive atmosphere.

In Death It Ends continues to be an interesting and unexpectedly fruitful project for King, and it will be interesting to see what he has in store for the rest of 2014.

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