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The crescendo blast of a cyclonic furore crawls into every aperture animate and inanimate, a swelling boil of air that indeed creeps on arrival. It’s not an aftermath that this bloating waste leaves with its intro, but sets up a scene of devastation and a vista of shattering ruins to explore, after all this is how Ralf Rabendorn, solo artist of Testphasen Negativ, “Won the War”.
Eighteen tracks of the blistering soundscape parade the vicissitudinous template that Testphasen Negativ masters extremely well in this album, a convergence of styles works across the plains and urban decay seamlessly. Electronic rhythms rattle and scrape lulling and frustrating beats, horns of white noise roar and surge, rasping ambience scuttles about in debris, but it’s not some exposition of post-industrial miming that is going on here. The tracks segue and morph continuously, cinematographically. Soft dulcet piano haunts blasted monuments and growling sludge of rock explodes them and here Testphasen Negativ truly shows its mettle in welding together the continuous dichotomy. The use of powerful electronics juxtaposing sonar like drones is strangely calming at times. Vocals and vocal samples scamper and slice between the clamour and somnolent drones, twisting backwards and down in pitch, another tool Ralf instils here.
The sound quality is top notch and here Ralf has produced and mastered it adroitly, the depth of surrounding sound is pristine, every nuance captured and spaced out in horrifying detail. The album is a dark mass of visions, a dream surreal in its fractured automatism, one that takes you to into trenches overwhelmed by the gulfs of blackness overhead.
In sixty minutes you’ll be convinced to cue/repeat. (Heathen Harvest)
‘How I won the War’ is a heady and hallucinogenic mix of beats, soundtrack like synth unfolds, sinister drone textures, guitar and improvised elements, backwards voices and tones, dark vocal growls, field recordings and all manner of sonic and musical textures. That’s all piled into a very dense, often dark tapestry of an album, which really puts you afloat in a very strange and disturbing sonic world.
It really is a very difficult album to pin down into one genre as it moves all over the place even with in songs. You can hear traces of beat bound electrionca, dark ambient, melted musak, discordant guitar traces, improvised jazz, chugging guitar post rock and metal risers, elegant and emotional piano beauty. And amazingly for most of albums hour running time they manger to pull it off in a coherent and inviting if often puzzling manner. With only a few moment here where it comes off a little messy and over crowded, it’s a real musical and sonic adventure that takes you on a twisting and turning ride through many different emotions and sound colours. And amazingly enough it’s the projects debut album- making this one of the most rewarding, multi layered and creative debut albums in recent years.
So if you like your musical genres mixed in an atmospheric and clever manner this really is a must. (Judas Kiss)
released January 7, 2008
CD originally released by Sérpéné Héli Music on 7.Jan 2008
This is the very first Testphasen negativ album
Written & Produced by Ralf Rabendorn
Original pictures by Ralf Rabendorn