London-based Necro Deathmort consists of AJ Cookson and Matthew Rozeik, and 'Music of Bleak Origin' is apparently their sophomore release after 2009's 'This Beat Is Necrotronic'. I don't know about that record, but 'Music of Bleak Origin' sounds comparable to early Nick Bullen-era Scorn to a degree; heavy distorted guitar, some electronics and minimal drum beats at a rather slow pace. (At least that's how it began.) I wasn't really much intrigued with this album until the hypnotic 'Temple of Juno' (3rd track in) that despite its repetitive overkill of a clichÃ©d riff has something extra going for it sonically. At 60 BPM it's a lumbering dinosaur of a track but one you don't want to stand in the way of. (Longest track on the album too, but you won't ever be bored with it.) It has a kind of psychedelic aura without sinking into the histrionics of that genre.
After the doom-metalish 'Uberlord' you get treated to 'For Your Own Good,' a hypnotically pulsating piece with whispered vocals that had me thinking of a modern day Suicide, until it changed into something a lot more substantial. While still linear in its fashion, it carried a good amount of depth and guts. 'Devastating Vector' sort of picks up where then end of the sequenced rhythm of 'For Your Own Good' left off, and the percussive programming has picked up the pace and complexity. This track has a remarkable similarity to some of the best things coming out of Tympanik Audio these days; a dark instrumental with industrialized percussion leading the way, interesting synth work and some good changes. Have to admit I was impressed. While not much happens melodically, there is still a lot going on sonically. 'Blizzard' too has its moments of brilliance, stomping like a behemoth through a wasteland of synth distortion until it simmers down into a hissing sea of cymbalic sibilance. 'The Heat Death of Everything' slows the BPM down to about 40 and is reminiscent of 'Cop' era Swans, without the M Gira rantings. Wailing distorted guitar abounds. Devastatingly abysmal, but not in a bad way; just sliding into the void. Closer track 'Moon' indulges in an eerie moaning ambience backed by a slow minimal beat. It's a fitting conclusion to 'Music of Bleak Origin,' fully well living up to the title.
Another remarkable thing about this release is its packaging. The sleeve folds out into a 14' x 28' poster with incredibly detailed sinister artwork by Dominic Hailstone. It is limited to 1,000 copies and is sure to become a collector's item. I don't recommend everything I review, but I'm recommending this.