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Darker Matter

by Comaduster

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yelworK Dense, cryptic electronic that can whet the appetite of electro industrial and dubstep fans alike. Stick with the vocal version here, as his lyrics are worth your attention.
Spino Prime
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Spino Prime A massive album in every sense. In terms of it's lengthy runtime (nearly an hour and a half long), in terms of it's colossal sound, and in terms of it's staggering intricacy and detail. Despite it's duration, it avoids ever feeling repetitive due to an impressive commitment to variety; mixing it's electronic, hard rock, and atmospheric elements in completely unique ways all throughout so that it always stays fresh and exciting. Overall a "monolithic" masterpiece. Favorite track: What Can Never Be Taken From You.
dsonner
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dsonner words are failing me to describe the genius of this album. At the very least, this album is as beautiful as it is disruptive. As in it changes your perception of what is possible in electronic music.The attention to detail is astonishing, this is an album to get lost in, and find yourself.
It's going to take me quite awhile to process these songs. If I can find the words to review this album correctly, I'll post an edit. Don't count on it, lol. Words fail. Favorite track: Bad Blood.
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1.
Don’t cast your shadow on me I’m in the dark And I am stranger than God Black on black is my defense You telegraph and I dodge Nothing to me changes If not for windy days I’d be faceless No! Don’t let me dissolve in to the darkest fringes, Love You want to be a saviour But I’m your worst enemy A vacant stranger No! Don’t let me dissolve in to the darkest fringes, Love Fleeting the real things are so hard to see now Fleeting the real things are so hard to see now Fleeting the real things are so hard to see now Fleeting the real things are so hard to see now
2.
failure2 04:31
I stayed here in the clouds Am I failure? Am I silver? Then I saw you you going down You were golden before I knew you fell (Until the end) (To the end) (At the end we will fall) But I can tell you feel this Underneath us all But hiding in the dirt doesn’t suit you Stop and let your steel words Fragile pieces Melt Away (In failure) Gone And we fell from great heights Where the ocean meets the sun I stayed here in the clouds Am I failure? Am I silver? Then I saw you you going down You were golden before I knew you fell But I can tell you feel this Underneath us all But hiding in the dirt doesn’t suit you Stop and let your steel words Fragile pieces Melt Away (In failure) But I can tell you feel this Underneath us all But hiding in the dirt doesn’t suit you Stop and let your steel words Fragile pieces Melt Away (In failure)
3.
Fever Rift 05:44
Have I put the fire out? Or deceived only The menacing eyes Sewn in That follow me A fragmented patterned skin weaves out Wove in to a horrific shroud Brazen and silver we dug in To signal the damage incoming Set on fire We just need to know for sure Set on fire With needles threading under burning Step on the pyre Sleep walking through the halls of dirt Set on fire This fever's rift is open Centered With in somber reach I sense annihilation Grasp my throat Time Shape Feel Same / safe Hold / warm Grey / space Free me / beaming dark I alone Hold the stained iron On a table of suns In a fever's rift S​o I'll embrace a metaphoric view It's just a walk between two sheltered rooms
4.
I walk the world On muted lines Gripping fear That someone will see us here You’re more my size A bark as loud as my bite Come save me from my self Come save me oh The Pain in my heart Carried all the time The hush of your voice The weapons we ride The pain in my heart Discard it into dust Let it go Let the sun Illuminate us both and make us so I’m underground Explosive lay lines Fragile times Under pressure we both hide With a gripping fear That someone will catch us here I know those eyes Don’t tell me to tell a lie I walk the world Disputing skylines Shift your eyes I try to fight Words that are buried inside A laser eye Illuminated hollow insides
5.
Pyramids 04:02
Upside Down Upside Down Upside Down Up and Down Up and Down Up and Down All Around All Around All Around Just Slow Down Just Slow Down Just Slow Down I see you looking back down Eyes meet in mid glance From atop your pyramids you call And it echoes through my walls It goes on forever It goes on forever
6.
Glide low to stay hidden A payload deforms truth before you Lie to yourself Because you’re a tired soul Oh Crease, divide and fold The pages that could not tell you Where to go Not you Not now Your origami door Won’t weather this elemental firestorm No Decimate the burden Recrystalize defeat To show a little courage Leave nothing warm and breathing So lie to yourself No matter what you’ve been told No You will not feel You will not heal Not you Not now Let not a grudge define you (its just) a recurrent hostage taking thought If I decimate your burdens Will I stigmatize your grief? If I could show some courage To see if I’m still breathing I knew the way But I knew I couldn’t help you It’s like chloroform was pouring through the awnings Ignite the lanterns on your way Dither not, decimate the burdens
7.
Dream yourself to save The pull of you that’s left between the waves Could I feel and hear if you displaced the air Distant signal flares, or were you really there? You’re invisible to me In transparence Of innocence A haze of gravity No light to penetrate you or me Iridescence not within The darker matter that swings between us now Dream yourself away The pull of you Shredding time and space You’re invisible to me An entrancing trace Of a massless state of being Could I feel and hear if you displaced the air Distant signal flares, or were you really there? A haze of gravity No light to penetrate you or me Iridescence not within The darker matter that swings between us now Dream yourself away The pull of you Shredding time and space Shredding time and space Shredding time and space A haze of gravity No light to penetrate you or me Iridescence not within The darker matter that swings between us now
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9.
If all is true Remain the vault Hide in leaden hope Shed But hold a credible grip on life Don’t draw a line I’ll never want to cross I’m tired of sliding Into following the night To bring you home A fate I hold again I’m following the night To bring you home If all is true Remain with the stars Brighten dread with gold Defend And hold incredible eclipsing might Deprive the light they never should have stole I’m tired of sliding Into following the night To bring you home A fate I hold again I’m following the night To bring you home
10.
How was I supposed to know The oracle of failure would help me choose? Between the pendulum’s cleave Or the key to the sun I breath light I breath time A function of the aftermath Sinusoidal movement shook and broke me too The pendulum’s cleave Bifurcated us all I breath light I breath time (but) I don’t expect you to follow me Don’t follow me We journey into the sun at dawn Just hold that feeling and run until you are On fire Burning in to a nebulous Amorphous cloud of angel dust Just watch Desire will pass you by I breath light I breath time I don’t expect you to follow me Don’t follow me We journey into the sun at dawn Just hold that feeling and run until you are On fire
11.
What you can never take away You’ll never take away
12.
Born and set for the river With an oath to carry our old We will follow their sound And never be heard And always steer clear of the road What will we do with the bodies? We’ll be rolling down the river Rolling down the river Soil and clay in dredges And we’ll never find the ring Sombre and blind We lowered the vice But what can we see anyway What will we do with the bodies? We’ll be rolling down the river Rolling down the river To the sea Unsaid we departed That oath now carries us on We will fall in to sounds And inlets abound Where a sorrow resides in each cove Cracked ice and leaves fallen Boom We hit a stone, we’re riverbound Light fires to the ties We’ve left for home All of that is gone Shining light, Horizon Deliver us Alive and whole Blinding bright harvest songs We’ll miss you all We’ll miss you We’re soil and clay under bridges For we’ve never found the ring
13.
Bad Blood 05:19
The elder gods reached out To you We circle in protection But it closes like a noose (battle in my mind I just want to stay alive) Bad blood I could feel you from the start Descending down the window Wiping out the feral ones We await the truth But this is just a sad turn To the cradle of disease (battle in my mind I just want to stay alive) Bad Blood I could feel you from the start Slowly breaking inwards Whiten all of the outcomes Bad Blood I can smell you as you hunt Wholey draining my existence Until I’m of the feral ones Lay awake and talk to A shadow in the corner Magic in the water Blended or single sourced? / What could I say that matters? But Are you here to heal me? Because there is not a greenscreen Just a dream veiled presence A body traded for this Will I not be with you? Draped in cosmic sinew Bursting through the visions Through crystalline dimensions Arcing from your essence Felt eternal in kin Passing through the unknown I wish I could have known you
14.
If I’d never spoke to you And reached out from the dark Would there be a plot for me? How would it even start? How long has it been since we counted all the stars? Or drifted into empty thoughts? Of times that we’d forgot “Well catch up later” But you’re gone And I still Hold on To a void in my life
15.
I signed my effigy And pushed it from the highest towers It fell fast, but not to speed Now I don’t know Am I ever gonna cross the limits placed on me but not on you What am I to do about this? Waiting on some latent power Gauging at ever turn You are bound to breach the speed (I am out of reach) (signals beacon) And break escape velocity (Over your shoulder) (I’m under cloud cover) From the wars [ now you’re in a dream ] (The sky is wide and you are streaking through the atmosphere) You never chose to fight Inside [ But can you find some solitude? ] Nothing I can do about it I don’t have some super power Hidden away from us Nothing I can do about it What am I to do about this? Nothing I can do about it (I am out of reach) (Signal beacons over your shoulder) (I’m under cloud cover) Free from the wars (The sky is wide and you are streaking through the atmosphere) That you need to not to fight alone, alone (I am out of reach) [ Now you’re in a dream but you can you find some solitude? ] (singal’s weakened, over and out now, over and out yeah)
16.
1 Division until resonance The light you never see never see’s itself shine Hidden 2 Oscillations take you places In dark spaces we can’t define Perception confined To 3 An ordered place Where can space ourselves out wide And hope to dissolve with the best of the universe Hope to end as light So you never have to see Yourself

about

Now in proud partnership with FiXT, the third full-length Comaduster album from veteran musician, video game sound designer and electronic music producer Réal Cardinal, is here. Titled Darker Matter, the 16 track album delivers a densely packed odyssey of sound and emotion, exploring the realms of IDM, Drum and Bass and post-rock sensibilities while simultaneously merging elements of Americana folk music, djent and doom metal, further accompanied by dark ambient shadows. The album’s intricate music production is juxtaposed by powerful vocal performances from Comaduster himself, as well as multiple tracks featuring the talented female vocalist, Mari Kattman.

Though not a concept album -- at least not nearly as much as the previous Comaduster album Solace -- the album is heavily inspired by our deep but incomplete understanding of extreme physics, and metaphysical aspects of our lives. The emotional core is much more personal and direct than anything Cardinal has previously produced, resulting in a darker and grittier atmosphere than previous Comaduster albums.

Exploring themes of occult imagery, alchemic mystery, paradoxical physics, and harsh science fiction, Darker Matter takes on these tropes with musical interpretations pushing into the limitations of digital editing, time-stretching, vocal processing, time signature complexities, labyrinthian rhythm structures, intentional audio abuse and noise artifacts.

The unifying element throughout the 80 minute album journey though is Comaduster himself, the dark mage, responsible for each sonic manipulation as he pushes & pulls listeners through hidden associations and obscurity to interconnectedness and passage through his elaborate maze.

Prepare for a transformative experience with Darker Matter.

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--"It’s a difficult, if not impossible to really contain Comaduster’s work in the space of a standard review, especially on this LP which is by turns impressionistic, monolithic, ephemeral and immediate. I’ve listened to it easily a dozen times and I still don’t feel like I fully grasp its intricacies. What stands out are its contrasts; a record that can have a song like the crashing, screeching, mutating title track share space with the beautiful, folky “Riverbound” (one of two standout guest spots from vocalist Mari Kattman) without ever feeling contradictory or incongruous is a hell of a thing. As with all of Réal Cardinal’s work, understanding it is less important than feeling it, never moreso than on Darker Matter. Recommended.

Buy it."

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released December 13, 2019

Written by: Réal Cardinal
Published by: FiXT Music
Produced by: Réal Cardinal

"Monolith" - lyrics and vocal recording by Mari Kattman
"Darker Matter" - additional 8 string guitar by Elijah Hennig
"Riverbound" - additional vocals by Mari Kattman
"Nebulous Amorphous", "Escape Velocity", "Following The Night" - additional guitars by Elijah Hennig

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