Ah Cama-Sotz - La Procesion De la Sangre
I need to begin this review with an anecdote. Normally,
I wouldn't do this, so I'm not quite sure how to begin, but it actually
has pertinence and helps to explain the mood of La Procesion.
I was driving down a country highway, doing a fair
speed, just enjoying the drive, when I realized the car was too
quiet. So I looked beside me, and to my wondrous eyes, I saw the
new Ah Cama-Sotz. "Ah ha," I said to myself, "that will be perfect."
A few minutes later I began to feel really anxious, like I was being
trailed by a cop or about to break down or something. So I slowed
down to ease my mind. The anxiety continued, and finally I reached
a set of traffic lights. At this point my anxiety had a reached
a climax and I felt terrified, and tried to relax to listen to the
music, when leaning back in my seat it dawned on me. The problem
was the cd. Well not the problem, but the power of the cd had overcome
me. The moods and energy of La Procesion had totally transformed
my tranquil mood to stark terror. Amazed, I thought to myself, "I've
got to take this cd out", so I put on something, much lighter and
continued on my way undisturbed.
So what the hell am I getting at? La Procesion is
a powerful album, and Ah Cama-Sotz has created an incredibly emotional
sound. The sound works perfectly as a dark soundtrack, an experiment
in finding the morbidity of your soul and exposing it to the world.
The tracks all serve as perfect exploration into murky depths of
Now about the album itself, a perfect combination
of dark ambient soundscapes and rhythms, some tracks remaining completely
ambient, while others are much more poundingly rhythmic. The ambient
tracks range from feelings of nightmarish isolation to submerged
entrapment. The whole disc feels like one giant experience in the
dark side of life, a sort of supernatural underworld where demons
lay around ever corner. The blood marches onwards washing over the
floors, gothic cathedrals haunted by ancient demons, cursed by the
devil to challenge in the mystical arts. And that's not to say it's
Goth, but evocative of the same emotions. Electronics that resemble
true Goth, not cheesy imitations. Sweeps of noise add to the despair
and the rhythmic tracks rather than pulling you out, just heighten
the enclosure. To further the experience the box set is necessary
as it adds three more desperate songs to the mix, although it is
fully comprehensible without it.
- Vizgig (June 2003)
Cama-Sotz- La Procesion De la Sangre
Great work here. Ah Cama-Sotz is just inspired rhythmic
noise. The tribal rhythms and sweeping sounds scapes make this CD
a gem. ACS takes you on a sight seeing tour of hell by way of death
by cannibalism. I love the way the flow on this disc works too.
Brilliant. Pay close attention to the tracks "The Corridors of the
Unseen" & "Ko-Brah." I think ACS just keeps getting better and better
with each release. One of the pack leaders in hard driving industrial
music. EBM posers need not apply.
Cama-Sotz - Mantra
The only disappointing aspect of Mantra is that it
is an ep. This needs to be a full length. I feel this is by far
the strongest release from Ah Cama-Sotz to date, and that really
is saying a lot as Terra Infernalis is a great listen. You get some
sweet dark ambient and then some intricate beats. The soundscapes
are really quite evocative and the beaty songs make you want to
move. The same despair present in all Ah Cama-Sotz releases is still
here, the gloomy moodiness and the evocative introverted longing
still. I think this is becoming one of my all time favourite industrial
releases. I mean it has everything I love: nice atmosphere, some
good dancing and actual thought put into the creation of the songs.
Great ep, however we really need a new full length.
- Vizgig (June 2002)
Cama-Sotz - Mantra
"The Dark Path" made me fall in love with Ah Cama-Sotz.
This is another solid EP; it's also a good place to start if you
haven't listened to any Ah Cama-Sotz before. It is a little taste
of everything they can do.
Cama-Sotz - Terra Infernalis
When I first put this, on my life changed. Okay I'm
being intolerably overdramatic, but this is just an excellent album.
As I grow weary of power-noise it takes even more to inspire me
to listen, and Terra does it. To be fair though I really don't think
this is noise, it's more like dark ambient., with the occasional
rhythmic noise beats. Terra creates an almost hypnotic spell on
the listen and you find your self lost in a morbid voyage decaying
along the way, until finally discovering the enlightened self within
your internal neuroses, or maybe that was just me. The album distinctly
creates a beautiful atmosphere, one of pain and contemplation. The
keyboards assault you with a feeling of supernatural despair, an
eerie longing. The stand out dance track is definitely ill-lektrik,
but this album is so much more. A great album to purchase if you're
in need of mood music for existential angst.
- Vizgig (June 2002)