I love a bit of cosmic horror, I love a bit of black metal, and I have a passing affection for the cosmos. Although Carl Sagan’s Cosmos is eternal and will be cherished until the dying breath of the universe.
Lennart Janssen’s project DRUON ANTIGON entitled Desonstijging (English: Dislocation) is an interesting take on how small and insignificant the human race is in comparison to the foreboding majesty of the universe.
The act itself is named after a mythical flemish giant who resided in Antwerp. The giant paralleled the troll in three billy goats gruff, demanding a toll from any who would cross his bridge. Those who refused had their hands cut off. Eventually a soldier called Brabo cut the giant’s hand off and threw it into the river. This doesn’t have much to do with the music but it’s a pretty cool thing to name a band after.
We begin with Zinloos (English: Pointless) in which we are catapulted into the stars. It immediately escapes some of the trappings of atmospheric black metal and starts incorporating elements of glitch electronica. These elements are lightly teased at first until about seven minutes through where there is a break and they take centre stage. It is bizarre how well it fits. Going into this knowing that it is about space invites an expectation of science fiction which allows more room to step outside of the box.
Herrijzenis (English: Resurrection) is whatever the relaxed version of a sucker punch is. Two minutes of chilled but relaxed synth beats that eases you towards the metal. You know it’s coming and it sign-posts it well but it still catches you off guard.
Like Gods leads with sweeping synths and glitched beats. I would really like a full album of this from Janssen, they obviously have a talent for thinking about music in new ways. I have to say that this might be my favourite track on the album, it’s kind of like the more extreme version of GOJIRA’s Flying Whales. It draws you in and relaxes you, and then gets its hooks into you with something excellent.
The next track, Weavess begins with an excerpt from The Book Of Enoch:
“Observe ye everything that takes place in the heaven, how they do not change their orbits, and the luminaries which are in the heaven, how they all rise and set in order each in its season, and transgress not against their appointed order. Behold ye the earth, and give heed to the things which take place upon it from first to last, how steadfast they are…”
The Book Of Enoch is somehow both criminally underused and overused. Those that tend to use it miss the point of it and those that don’t could have to hammer their point home. DRUON ANTIGON fall into neither category. It’s actually relevant to the theme of the album and as part of the final track acts as a summary and a bookend to everything that came before. In fact Weavess has a similar structure to Zinloos, which makes it feel like you are returning to where you came from.
This album is interesting. If you are a fan of dungeon synth, glitch hop or atmospheric black metal I’d definitely check it out. There’s definitely something here for you. The band recommends themselves for fans of DARK SPACE and INTERAMA but I’d also like to add CRYSTAL CASTLES and APHEX TWIN to that list.
Words: Jacob McCrone
Desonstijging is out now.
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