Excuse my hesitance in admitting that I didn’t really know that a collaboration between Oren Ambarchi, Attila Csihar, and sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley existed. With a name like Gravetemple, there’s an imagined risk of pissing off the deceased, and subsequently having to deal with dishes floating in mid-air and flying into walls all your life. Unsurprisingly, the music behind the name follows suit, with 2009’s Le vampire de Paris being a single-track, 54-minute step into something distinctly hellish. Low-frequency oscillations beget Csihar’s demon-channeling vocals, which later beget manic drumming but hopefully don’t lead to soiled undergarments.
Bladder intimidation continues with the release of Ambient/Ruin, out April 29 on O’Malley’s Editions Mego imprint, Ideologic Organ. The album was recorded in parts across Japan, Australia, Paris, and Isreal, and offers the presence of one-time member Matt “Skitz” Sanders on the exxxxxtreme drums. Preorder the album direct from Mego here.