Two intense, thirty-minute tracks make up Our Dark Lord, a clear-cassette C60 from Dim Dusk Moving Gloom. The release, from Rainbow Bridge, is one of the few in DDMG’s discography, although artist Justin Marc Lloyd isn’t new to the noise genre; he’s had over 20 releases under his now-dead moniker Sensible Nectar.
Side A opens with some atonal bell tones along with some interesting spoken-word vocal loops. “Oh hello” comes out in the mix a lot, as well as some sighs and groans, and the incorporation of the off-key bells makes this an eerie set of noises. DDMG keeps at the tones for a while until some electronic tones come in that exaggerate the original bells in the beginning. It reminds of a truly terrifying carnival, perhaps from the point of view of one who’s had too many spins on the carousel. Though the track drifts from the tones of the opening, DDMG brings it back and forth, from mesmerizing electronic noisebursts back to metallic bells and then out again. The track works into more mechanical territory with saw-like buzzes and a background drone that locks the listener in. And then, the bell tones eventually fade out into a darker drone that segues nicely into the B side of the cassette.
Side B has some great electronics manipulation with the emphasis on high-pitched frequency bursts. Sometimes it moves into bassy, crackling wall-ish territories, but it generally makes its way back towards those crunchy, sadomasochistic blasts of ear-piercing shrieks. Around the half-way mark, the track settles into an alarm-like shrill, complete with high-pitched stabs and frequent jagged twists until it comes to a “Roman Shower”-like squall of splitting feedback. Then, it moves into more mellowed territory with distorted vocal loops under hissy fuzz until atonal bells and more crushing fuzz kick in. Also of note is the more rhythmic aspect of this side, as it sometimes moves into vocals that are almost sing-songy in their looping. This side is definitely the harsher of the two, a sort of offering to the dark lord that Side A hinted at towards the end of its thirty-minute run, although it does maintain a lot of similar themes from Side A.
Our Dark Lord is a very enjoyable cassette featuring a lot of high-end feedback. It’s great for people who love that kind of thing (namely myself), but those who find sharp squeals a little out of their frequency range might not dig as much. However, this C60 shows off a lot of Dim Dusk Moving Gloom’s variety; though the tape never sticks to one set soundpiece for too long, a lot of restraint is shown – rather than continuously move the tracks on a never-ending set of new noises, Lloyd brings each piece back around to its overarching theme, a circular device that traps the listener into the bountiful 60 minute runtime due to the tape’s connectivity.