A split release between two artists who wish to remain anonymous, May Dismay is an engaging and dark effort. The tracks are clumped together by artist, with one performing the first three tunes and the other contributor providing the last five pieces, all of which fall into varied subsections of noise. The first artist takes a longer, more meditative approach. The first track, Tape01, is a subtle slow throb while deep frequencies ebb and flow with a vibe similar to death industrial, or likely more death ambient. The next track is less percussive, but still manages to keep this ritualistic feel, while the last track is a brief burst of noise that feels a little out of character from the first two tracks, but perfectly sets the listener up for the second artist.
Where the first performer was almost all subtlety, the second is diverse, but overall more abrasive. The last five tracks tackle noise in quite different ways. There is the full on harsh noise blast of catslaughter; the subtle ambient noise of O_remix, which features plenty of gentle stereo panning; and May I's grinding tone that sounds like several muted motors, chugging at different frequencies, being turned off and on. There are also two songs that take melodies and render them into completely new forms through copious post-production.
Tackling noise from multiple directions, these two unknown artists show the genre's potential by creating a solid forty-seven minutes of engaging material. The only down side to this album is that the performers are unknown, so listeners cannot find any more of their work.
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