Dagobert's Revenge

A Murder of Angels

While You Sleep

You know how there’ve been all these movies coming out lately about how “the dead talk to us”, & stuff, you know, The Sixth Sense, Stir of Echoes, that Nicholas Gage movie about the ambulance driver, etc.? Well with Bryin Dall and Derek Rush, you get the feeling that the dead really do talk to them. This is not the first time that I’ve thought this either. Their entire body of work, both that done together and that done separately, attests to this: Dream into Dust, 4th Sign of the Apocalypse, Of Unknown Origin, even Loretta’s Doll. In this latest project, they’ve done it again, this time channeling the sounds of those unfortunate souls who have been condemned to that netherworld known as Abaddon, Acheron, Hades, or most commonly, Hell, the place where all the bad, rebellious angels were supposedly confined to after the war in Heaven. For all the fire and brimstone present in the Catholic mythos, you’d think that the Bible would be pretty straight-forward about what Hell is exactly, but specific references to Hell and its demonic despot are actually quite scarce. So without any reliable reference material, Mr. Dall and Mr. Rush have had to improvise. And they’ve done a pretty good job, using ghoulish noises without rhythm or melody to create a heightened sense of dread and trepidation. Pop in this CD, turn out the lights and every shadow in the room becomes a phantasm beckoning you to eternal torment. The creators have termed their work “damnbient”, but perhaps George Bernard Shaw described it best as “the brandy of the damned” - bitter-sweet nectar that lulls you into a dream-like trance before dragging you down into the depths, like a spider that paralyzes you with its venom so it can take its time consuming you. It is said that the devil can take any form he wants; he has a million faces, a million voices. Clearly so, for this pandemoniac cacophony seems to contain the voices of the entire infernal host - Belial, Moloch, Beelzebub, etc. - as well as the blood-curdling shrieks of a billion lost souls floating down the River of Wailing on their way to the bottomless pit. The feeling of being in Hell is so real you can almost feel the flames licking at your nose and Old Nick’s pitchfork poking you in the arse. With any luck, you’ll drift off to sleep while listening and have yourself an amusing nightmare. Just remember to wake yourself up before the torture begins and calm your trembling spirit with the words: “It’s only a dream. It’s only a dream.”

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