“Quiet Earth” is a hellish landscape of pain, torture & self-destruction.
David Coen is a prolific artist, working with The Body, My Disco, No Statik and RAKTA for remixes. Sow Discord is his true art & with it, comes his first full album.
From the start, “Quiet Earth” isn’t for the faint-hearted. Even for myself, a long time drone, noise & industrial fan, this is harsh, and I love it.
“When It Has Finally Come To Pass” tears the album open, using an electro-acoustic sounding guitar, with pulsing bass drums & painful spoken words over the track. This cleverly introduces us to the wall of sound the next 45 minutes will be.
Melding the bastard children of Godflesh, Author & Punisher & Coil, this debut is a true journey through the industrial & noise spectrum.
Helping craft this hellscape is Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Ma, Chip King and Lee Buford of The Body & featuring guitars by Ben Andrews of My Disco / Agents Of Abhorrence.
All these artists add texture & layers to this album that create an overwhelming sense of dread within the listener.
“Watching From The Centre Feat Many Blessings” is pure chaos. An underlying drone & pulse of noise, a shrill & sometimes un-audible spoken track that just evokes unrelenting sorrow.
The next track “Desalination” starts with a higher tempo drum machine beat but quickly switches into a head smashing-into-the-wall thudding drum. Throughout the track, crashes of sounds blister your ears & destroy your senses.
The last two tracks, “Functionally Extinct” & “The World Looks On With Pity And Scorn” are the best but also most punishing on the album.
“Functionally Extinct” uses a droning background noise that, during the track, slowly ramps up until a climax that pays off so perfectly. “The World Looks On With Pity And Scorn” encompasses the electro-acoustic sound that David Coen likes to use with Sow Discord, a driving sound through the track which feels more upbeat but slowly descends into a flurry of pulsing distortion & cavernous kick drums.
“Quiet Earth” isn’t just an album of noise, it’s a perfectly crafted soundtrack of your downward spiral into oblivion.
Review: Joseph Mitchell
Quiet Earth is out via Tartarus Records on 26th February 2021