Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review: Sutekh Hexen - Become

Oakland, California's own Sutekh Hexen have witnessed their name being tossed around a bit recently; mostly due to their 2014 live album release, One Hundred Year Storm. The quartet are actually fairly popular in the noise scene, and they've released more albums since their formation in 2009 than a lot of bands do in an entire career; three in 2010, six in 2011, five in 2012 and one each in 2013 and 2014. Though no where near the most recent of releases, the Become EP showed up in my inbox earlier this year and beckoned for attention.

Genre: Raw Black Metal, Noise
Release Date: October 31st, 2012
  1. Five Faces of Decay
  2. The Voice : The Void
Total Playtime: 29 minutes, 48 seconds




Rating: 0.0/10





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Oakland, California's own Sutekh Hexen have witnessed their name being tossed around a bit recently; mostly due to their 2014 live album release, One Hundred Year Storm. The quartet are actually fairly popular in the noise scene, and they've released more albums since their formation in 2009 than a lot of bands do in an entire career; three in 2010, six in 2011, five in 2012 and one each in 2013 and 2014. Though no where near the most recent of releases, the Become EP showed up in my inbox earlier this year and beckoned for attention.

There's nothing wrong with a little noise, many bands of the respective genre execute the style well; not to mention there is a fairly devout following for the category at stake. Sometimes there's an artistic presence, and other times it's all about making the wildest trip possible or a soothing ambient soundscape. Hell, sometimes it's just purely about creating as much weird, chaotic, ambient turbulence as humanly possible. Sutekh Hexen have failed to do any of these things with their 2012 EP, Become. This is truly one of those albums that sparks the question of 'why am I reviewing this?' Well, plain and simple... it landed in my inbox on a now scorned day.

For the first few minutes you'll find yourself waiting for something to happen, not knowing what exactly... but something. After about five to seven minutes you'll begin to constantly reassure yourself that something, anything, will indeed take place. At the ten minute mark and onward you'll begin to come to the terrible realization that no, you've been lying to yourself; absolutely nothing is going to to come of these painstaking seconds. "Five Faces of Decay" is exactly fifteen minutes in length, and each minute that passes by is one agonizing eternity after another; have you died, have you gone to music hell? The entire track is one long mind numbing synthesized wavelength that attempts in vain to create some type of mood while being accompanied by ghostly, unintelligible voices and the rare bass drum smack or uninspired guitar pedal manipulation; which only comes much later into the song.


Then the abomination finally ends, fifteen minutes of your life sucked away by nothingness in audio form. The next track has to offer something, you'll tell yourself; nothing could be as monotonous as what you've just suffered through. Wrong, "The Voice : The Void" picks up exactly where the first plague left off; though it does incorporate one or two slowly strummed guitar chords. This dwindles off after a couple of minutes, although it does come back during the end of the song. Other than that, void, nil, naught, nix, nihil, zero, zilch; just an endless boom of unchanging air. Even the term 'synthesizer' isn't properly fitting, as that would give off the impression of something that reforms itself, moves, deviates, changes... anything! The band might as well have recorded stagnant air and laid some ghoulish screams down in the background.

Using a term such as 'scraping the bottom of the barrel' is being nice when discussing Become. This release is infuriating, anyone who dares to fall into its trap will have twenty-nine minutes and forty-eight seconds siphoned from their life with no remorse, no benefit, no purpose. Become isn't even worth the vinyl, cassette, plastic or packaging it takes to print a physical copy; nor is it worth the 68.5 megabytes it suckles away from a hard drive or MP3 player. I will use the same amount of effort that Sutekh Hexen used to create this abomination to also issue my final statement; fuckin' sucks.

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  1. Bravo! First time I've seen an accurate review of this over hyped craphole. Be careful they don't try to run your name through the mud (aka crying on the internet to their friends) like they have so many other people.

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  2. Thanks for the kind words. And that's alright, honestly when bands do that due to some unbias criticism, it just makes them look bad. At least in my opinion.
    Either way, it won't be the first time it's happened. Surprisingly it happens more often than people think.

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