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Nick Millevoi

In White Sky

(Flenser; US: 7 Sep 2012; UK: 7 Sep 2012)

Nick Millevoi is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based guitarist who utilizes bursts of distortion, feedback and unconventional tunings in his explorations of six-string deleterious noise. Millevoi’s latest album, In White Sky (released on the always fascinating Flenser Records), combines six- and 12-string guitar drones with glacial lurches, creaking clangs, ear-splitting screeches and shuddering jolts. Mastered by Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia), In White Sky is a dissonant, nerve-tweaking banquet for lovers of bleak experientialism, and it’s rich with calamitous atmospheres, gloomy hollows, and structureless mayhem.


Dour, rusty drone seeps from the brooding “Slowly Dark”, and “Before a Constant” tumbles forth with a riff that could almost be the filthiest NWOBHM intro you’ve ever heard, albeit it one slathered in waves of feedback. The stark minimalism of “Super-Lith Part 1” bleeds into the piercing avant-noise torrent of “Super-Lith Part 2”, but the album’s true highlight is “Endless Unfolding Hallways”. This 14-minute song begins with reverberating, windswept drone à la Hex era Earth, before shifting into a sci-fi nightmare of atonal noise—screeds of corrosiveness surge atop cascades of feedback, till all returns to white-hot drone and strum. In White Sky is a cacophonous, jarring jaunt, but through its barbarism comes clarity. The album’s jagged textures and discomforting tonalities leave you shattered, reducing your field of concerns to the primal. Purge-like curatives of intense instrumentation such as this should be mandatory prescriptions to rid you of existential angst.

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Craig Hayes is based in Aotearoa New Zealand, and he is a contributing editor and columnist at PopMatters. Alongside his reviews and feature articles, Craig's monthly column, Ragnarök, traverses the metal spectrum. He is the co-author of PopMatters' regular metal round-up, Mixtarum Metallum, contributes to radio shows and numerous other sites, and he favours music that clangs, bangs, crashes, or drones. Craig can be found losing followers daily on twitter @sixnoises.


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