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Syn­th­wave spec­tre pledges his soul to the dark side

EvEr sincE sur­vivE

in­fil­trated the metal world, sign­ing to Relapse af­ter mem­bers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein com­posed the Stranger Things sound­track, we’ve seen the un­der­ground dom­i­nated by the ac­cel­er­ated rise of syn­th­wave. And while the big­ger names in the scene sound much more like a cult 80s sci-fi movie, GosT’s Posses­sor is like The Ex­or­cist – in more ways than one. What starts the record and per­me­ates through­out are news re­ports and first-hand ac­counts of Satanism, sac­ri­fices to the dark lord and rit­u­al­is­tic mur­der. It’s cheer­ful stuff. But where the likes of Per­tur­ba­tor and Car­pen­ter Brut dole out the mem­ber berries for a by­gone era of fu­tur­is­tic sound­tracks, GosT takes you back to the first time you heard Slayer, and the over­whelm­ing feel­ing of hor­ror and suf­fer­ing that came with it. Glued to­gether with an in­dus­trial stomp, Posses­sor is way more ag­gro than its peers; the per­cus­sive, gab­ber-like stab­bing of Gar­ruth gen­uinely makes your eyes hurt and the in­tense feedback whirring of Le­gion harks back to Aphex Twin’s Come To Daddy. But GosT isn’t just for elec­tro fans; there’s a con­nec­tion to the rock world, some­how man­ag­ing to merge Cold Cave sen­si­bil­i­ties on Sigil with Ago­ra­pho­bic Nose­bleed-style hy­per­per­cus­sion on 16 A.M. This is mu­sic that wants to hurt you, but not with­out toy­ing with you first.

You’re sub­jected to harrowing death rat­tles, pained moans and jar­ring, brain-blur­ring glitches – it’s the sound of Satan be­ing wrenched out of your black­ened soul. At times, it can get a bit over­whelm­ing, never giv­ing you respite from the au­dio-vi­o­lence, but the blood-drenched, spirit-ru­in­ing scene GosT has painted is im­pres­sively dark. Much scarier than most bands play­ing “the devil’s mu­sic”.



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