Climax Denial’s “Blackout Suite” destabilizes the listener. Waking up in a small, dark room trapped with the anxiety of amnesia. Finding holes in your memories. Agoraphobic panic as an unseen fight rages just outside.
Sonically, this tape is taut and restrained, withholding resolution in the lush irregular patterns. Gauzy arrhythmic drone like a shambling gait. Moments of utter euphoria in darkly musical electronics come crashing up against ominous samples and unstable howls of vocals.
Since 2004, Climax Denial has been ever-evolving and pushing the boundaries of noise and power electronics. “Blackout Suite” is no exception, a surrealist, gripping listen, bound by absolutely zero genre-conventions.