Over the past year I've become a bit of a synth-a-holic. My listening habits have been constantly changing and lately I've been sucking down the cold, analog bliss that is Envenomist (aka David Reed) like sugar water. This tape, recently released on Josh Lay's killer Husk Records label, oozes for a solid 32 minutes before packing up and leaving you angry for more with nothing left in sight. It is delicious.
Low-end grumbles are augmented by skyward bellows and metallic drones split your eardrums right down the middle. Reed does an incredible job of dropping in hints of melodies in these masses of sound. They're often faint and easily missed, but they stick with you long after they've been swept away under a torrent of electronic fuzz. This barely-there approach with regard to melody is what makes Reed and his Envenomist project so good. It's got all that pulsing, goopy goodness but there's more than just meat on these analog bones. Highly recommended. 9/10 -- Brad Rose (16 July, 2008)