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L.A.-based Experimental Rock Musician Extraordinaire Arthur Mountaniol Has Released His New Album “Music of Hell” (2013).
In the summer of 2007, he started working on this project, pushing the limits of his imagination to be able to do everything the wrong way – the way no music has ever been done before. He knew that neither drummer nor bassist would be up to this work and a rhythm section had to be of a different kind. It had to be purely constructional, lifeless and complex. So he decided to create the rhythm skeleton on his drum machine, but applying a “Russian Roulette” method. He loosely arranged just one pattern and played it along with different drum kits rotating in a real time. This thing produced an unpredictable and sometimes esoteric, polyrhythmic extravaganza. Those experiments basically shaped the style of the drums and bass for this project.
The next step was the music. To compose it, he came up with a completely different approach. He literally converted his memory of that phantasmagorical dream into sounds and put them all together the way as if they would play in reverse.
The guitar style and tones were influenced by the music itself. And of course the most unusual and outrageous thing on this record would be the vocals. They are SUPER ABNORMAL. They sound like a collection of assorted freaks being tortured in Hell. Sung by Arthur Mountaniol himself and transformed into these zombie-like vocal groups and individuals. The vocal lines were pieced together taken out of the different songs from the musician’s previous works. When all of these ingredients started working together, the artist was convinced that he’s created the most surreal, grotesque and unprecedented record ever produced - the infernal parody of his own music.
If you heard Arthur Mountaniol’s music before, you may recognize some tunes from his other albums. And if you manage to play this record in reverse, you will get the hidden meaning of the lyrics which cannot be understood otherwise.
You may ask: - What the hell is that? Well, it’s something that has elements of Avant-Garde, Jazz, Heavy Metal, Rock, Psychedelic, Progressive, Electronica and God knows, or more precisely, Devil does know what else.
But no matter what it is… IT IS REALLY, REALLY OUT THERE. And nothing else has ever sounded like it. Give it a listen and see for yourselves. But be warned: LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK! This music is SUPER ABNORMAL and it might make you sick. So you’ve got to be seriously prepared for this. And finally, listen to it (if you really can at all) in its entirety because it’s the only way how you can receive this unbelievable, mind bending experience unlike anything else you have ever had before.
This album is available on iTunes, Amazon,CDbaby and other online music stores.
CDbaby direct link: http://www.cdbaby.co/cd/arthurmountaniol
Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/music-of-hell/id591157407
Arthur Mountaniol Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/rocksurrealist
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