Death & Technology
This is black metal for those who count BPM: warm but mechanized, coruscating, euphoric. One track (Surge) sounds like a nuclear rave with 808 blastbeats drilling militant rhythms over Altar of Plagues riffs sliced and distorted beyond recognition. Another (Tranq) sounds like a 2-second sample of a Swans song sped up and pumped through a fatalistically-optimistic digital filter.
Favorite track: Surge.
BLISS SIGNAL is a new electronic metal project between James Kelly (Wife, Altar of Plagues) and UK DJ / Producer Jack Adams (Mumdance). Their eponymous debut album, out September 28th on True Panther Sounds/Profound Lore, is the stunning result of an unlikely partnership soldering together a seemingly disparate mélange of sounds.
Formed within the last year and initially begun initially as a simple experiment between the two producers, BLISS SIGNAL sees Kelly return to making harsher and heavier music with a guitar for the first time since the last and final groundbreaking Altar Of Plagues album “Teethed Glory & Injury”. While not a direct continuation from Altar Of Plagues, the music enveloping the BLISS SIGNAL debut album captures the vibe and essence of the more ambient and experimental moments found in Altar Of Plagues, most notably on the final Altar Of Plagues album, almost as an extension of those moments in what would be have been further explored if Kelly were to continue developing the Altar Of Plagues sound through the expansiveness of what he could create for his former musical output.
BLISS SIGNAL though is a different a new musical expression coming from Kelly’s musical repertoire. Teaming up with Mumdance, throughout the album's eight tracks, one hears Adams and Kelly trace a line between blackened metal, driving club music, and ethereal atmospherics.
The expansive sound fabric of BLISS SIGNAL is one awash with a massive wall of unrelenting sound, intense atmosphere, and shimmering enveloping ambience, ultimately, a sonic reflection of the very moniker that Kelly and Mumdance conjured for their new musical venture.
released September 28, 2018
Produced by James Kelly and Jack Adams
Mixed by Jaime Gomez-Arellano at Orgone Studios
Mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios