Another visionary and experimental musical project is what we present today. Meursault Omega, a band from Italy, released the second LP, Cold Thirst (2021) through digital platforms.
The master mind behind of this project focused on death penalty, Cliff Scott; audio engineer, songwriter, musician and producer. With a very particular style in composition and sound, freedom to explore new elements, and a long list of participants belonging to the Italian metal scene; He has classified his music as Industrial Thrash Noise Metal.
Using distortions with a large amount of low notes/effects, high gains and sometimes sounds that would seem to be simple "noise", are elements that give this album particularity, as well as a variety of vocalists whose participation is an “ingredient that delivers a good flavor”.
1. Wood and Flies
2. I Thirst
Beginning with aggressive distortion with strong bass, while in the background the drums coordinate the beats, the guitar develops some melodic figures, which soon become the verse. The voice is slow and almost hidden between the sound of the instruments, it seems as if it were murmuring. The riffs are slow speed creating an atmosphere of agony that works well with some high effects that resemble a guitar solo, but because of their repeatability, it's hard to think of them that way.
Really something strange this first track, with a fresh sound, but at the same time with the essence of rarity, which begins to give clues for a proposal that looks quite interesting.
3. Blowing from a Gun
4. Sad days in Alcolu
5. Death by a Thousand Cuts
6. The Outsider
Perhaps one of the most dynamic songs on this album, it “shows” a riff accompanied by drums and a strong bass, with a voice that does not fit into the bars, because its purpose is not to sing, it is to narrate the situation that is happening through some effects that allow you to have greater notoriety. However, it seems that the track has been in a loop, then it presents very few changes in rhythms, the time signature (4/4) does not have any variant, so the riffs and drums fulfill their task of accompaniment in addition to functioning as a bridge to give input once more to the voice, who is responsible for ending the song.
7. Limerick Man
8. Bloody Babes
10. A Tumble-down Nook by the Sea
Arrangements on guitar and drums with some drum rolls and pedals that give a technical moment as the opening of the song.
Again the voice is the ingredient that gives freshness, that is, alternating the vocalist, this song flows at a slow speed, where the guitars perfectly accompany the verse, but does not get to present high-speed riffs that alter the “line” or the style.
Instead, the drums demonstrate incredible control when working at low speed tempos, as the way in which the pedals are controlled is noteworthy, manipulating the bars flawlessly to add elements that give variety to the sound, the percussions avoid monotony during the time of the track since the guitar is quite repetitive.
The emergence of a very short high-pitched guitar arrangement during the last minute gives a twist to the musical structure, which allows the voices to enter, who develop the last section of the verse, which continues with the same formula from the beginning.
11. The End is Near
12. To The Core
Cold Thirst, is an album that could have some classifications, for example; the distortions are quite reminiscent of industrial metal and in some moments of Nu metal. The low notes give a very particular stamp to the style; the incorporation of effects and "noises" create a dark atmosphere full of agony or hatred, which are intentionally implemented to create that iconic sound, which is fascinating and well worked; it is necessary to listen to the entire album more than once, so that you can appreciate what the author is referring to when he added the word noise to his LP, as it is a fundamental part of the development of each song.
However, there are two important aspects: the first is that there are few elements of thrash metal, there are no such fast riffs or drums, nor jumps of chords very typical of the genre, nor those pauses that change the tempo; here there are none; and second, some songs are repetitive, it gives the feeling of being in a loop, that explosion of the instruments never appears, so there are few memorable moments within the album.
That attribute of having different voices on each track is incredible because it gives a dynamism and freshness to the lyrical part that is worth mentioning. Each of the voices joins perfectly in each single, so this aspect is appreciated. In the end, this is a LP with a different sound, with surprises, with good production, but perhaps with a feeling of fatigue and monotony for some moments, without neglecting the implementation of sounds such as distortions or those noise effects that give a fantastic “touch”. It is undoubtedly an album that requires an open mind and appreciating each element incorporated, that is, it requires a lot of attention.
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