now spelled "Aelters" per the artist's Discogs.com page, is one half of the Idaho
gothic doom duo Wolvserpent (formally Pussygutt). Phew! Lots of name changes
here... At any rate, this set compiles the first two limited edition vinyl only
Aelters releases on two CDs for the first time.
Slow picked, stark acoustic guitars, subtle vibrato-strummed clean electric guitars,
gritty, fuzzed-out electric guitars, ethereal, wordless choral-style vocals,
fragmented piano segments, and drones create sound worlds that are dark, moody,
and atmospheric. What makes this music stand above others in the genre is
Aelter's ability to produce a song that has compositional focus and integrity.
Seemingly disparate parts blend into one another, guitar lines are meticulously
stacked on top of each other, drones fade in and out, conjuring images straight
out of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road, while the vocals pave a direct
path to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Do yourself a favor and check this
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