Thursday, 3 November 2016

Review: Various Artists - 'N¡gh†m∆res ∆nd 8Ø8s X Untitled Burial: Babalon Rising'

'N¡gh†m∆res ∆nd 8Ø8s X Untitled Burial: Babalon Rising'

Nigh† †errors – the label side of Youtube radio station has been spreading the message of underground occult electronic music to the masses. The previous compilations and guest mixes released have always been meticulously put together and presented, but this latest effort 'Babalon Rising' released in cooperation with Untitled Burial is the biggest and best compilation of Witch House and related acts the genre has seen so far.

Boasting a colossal 65 tracks from an impressive cross-section of artists, the compilation is perhaps the definitive portrait of what is known as Witch House. There are far too many acts featured to review every track, but some highlights include the contributions from (((O))), †ЯСΣS ΘF GНО5†5, AL†RS, Apexys x Ca†hedra, BL▼И† †R▲▼M▲, C∆T, Ghostling, MONOMOR✞E, OKKVLT KΛTT, S▲MH▲IN, Sidewalks and Skeletons, SUICIDEWΛVE, and VVITCH. But that is just a small selection of a huge and varied tracklist that takes in a myriad of styles and genres with elements of industrial, dark ambient, synthpop, hip hop, and dark electro cropping up in various forms.

The collection is wonderfully curated and although it is arranged in alphabetical order for ease, it still has a nice flow throughout. And as with the previous compilations from the label, despite the disparity of styles and recording techniques, everything sounds high quality and equal in its presentation to the audience.

'Babalon Rising' is a monstrous collection that will act as a perfect primer for those new to the genre, as well as anyone needing a heavy fix of bands, established and new. Weighing in at four-and-a-half hours of music – or four CD's worth – of music, this collection alone could more than provide a dark soundtrack for any party or club night during the Halloween season, and the fact it is available as a pay what you want download makes this a must have for any new or long-time fan of Witch House.  

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