A year and a half after Duisburg, Germany’s [ B O L T ] made their debut as a trio with the addition of drums to their trademark dark drone sound, they’re finding their way back to the core of what initially drove them sonically, exploring harrowing soundscapes with focused ears, bringing aching melodic underpinnings to a canvas awash in repetition and grim contemplation. They’re joined by an aesthetic comrade in Lavas Magmas, the Gainesville, Florida outfit propelled by field recordings and foraged objects. Together these artists tether their guiding principles through a shared interest in building great intensity through unconventional means.
There is a kinship and a noticeable through-line on these tracks, with each artist contributing their own unique take on parallel ideas. [ B O L T ] demonstrate on “[ 1 2 ]” an ever-expanding forcefulness built through the increase of volume and distortion on sustained notes, impressively achieving feverishness without relinquishing control. Lavas Magmas accentuate electronic instrumentation with tape manipulation and the organic contributions of found objects to give “Sepsis Psychosis” a feeling of being lived-in, an almost tangible sonic environment that envelops the listener and guides the experience in a non-intrusive manner.
The artists join forces on “[ 1 7 ]/Shadow of a Grey Ghost,” with [ B O L T ]’s haunting melodic sensibilities acting as a backbone for weighty feedback orchestration and an increasing amount of electronic textural accents, before eventually settling down into a welcome epilogue that offers moments of rest after the immersive exploration of mounting volume that marks the track’s first three-quarters. This is a record for adventurous listeners who appreciate the generous possibilities that reside within seemingly unembellished ideas and relish in the unencumbered journey from minimalism to magnitude.
— text by David Zeidler at Young Epoch
released July 19, 2019
[ B O L T ]
Emerging out of oppressive silence and ending up in ecstatic noise and drone, [ B O L T ] create waving sounds and crushing riffs. The band takes you on a ride across a pitch black meandering river of drones, doomed out riffs and haunting soundscapes. [ B O L T ] plays a musical style that takes black, drone and doom metal and mixes them together to create a sound of their own: A set in between the genres of instrumental drone, doom and metal. www.wearebolt.com
LAVAS MAGMAS is a noise and industrial project. Started in 2008, Lavas Magmas began with a focus on field recordings and electroacoustic experimentation utilizing found objects and a variety of instruments including sruti box, harp, and home made metal sculptures. LAVAS MAGMAS has continuously morphed, integrating tape manipulation and electronic instruments but the found sound and the found object always remained the most important elements.
[ 1 2 ] and [ 1 7 ] written and performed by [ B O L T ].
Recorded by Andreas Brinke, February 2016.
Sepsis Psychosis and Shadow Of A Grey Ghost written and performed by LAVAS MAGMAS.
Recorded by Luis Gonzales, May 2016.
Mixed and mastered by Andreas Brinke.
supported by 4 fans who also own “[ B O L T ] + Lavas Magmas”
I had to have this on CD to blast in my car, along with Bastardizer and good ol' Toxic Holocaust. Perfect driving music (but must remember to keep an eye on the speed limit).
PS: Thanks for the 'indirect' recommendation of Evil Invaders! 🤘🏻 DJ Dissident