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Artist: Praying For Oblivion (@)
Title: Live: April 12, 2014: Brno, Czech Republic
Format: 3" Mini CD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I have been familiar with Andrew Seal’s project Praying For Oblivion for many years now, so I had some idea of what I was in for. However, I have not seen him live, so this was new to me. One thing that I enjoy about live sets is that they are often more chaotic and have a raw edge to them (unless you are one of those artists who pretty much just turns on a backing track and then heads to the bar). What we have here is one 19 minute track entitled “Todesmarsch,” recorded at Noise Fest – Czech Republic at Klub Boro. If you want raw performance, this disc delivers. One hallmark of Praying For Oblivion, is that he is not an “everything including the kitchen sink” wall of noise kind of guy. His work is carefully crafted; distorted sine waves bend ever so slightly as waves of fluttering static wash over them. Everything moves slowly, but deliberately. You easily get the sense that Seal knows exactly where he wants to take the piece, as he builds intensity over time. If you are looking for chaotic noise, this is not the disc you are looking for, but if you want to hear someone who has honed his craft, this is one to check out. This disc weighs in at around 19 minutes.

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