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Gather yourselves prepare to be graced by music that is both painful to listen to yet beautiful admist the chaos that it harnesses. Kakophonix of Hvile I Kaos has taken the time to write some words about Vessel 333..
Vessel 333 is more than just an album track, or even a single for that matter. It basically exists, quite literally, as a Vessel for something that was living inside me for quite some time. Something that essentially fed off my anger, resentment, and pain, bloating those aspects of myself to the point where they literally took on a life of their own apart from me. As such, I felt the need to give the miscreant a place to live other than myself, to the end that I could finally leave what it was feeding on behind and get on with my life.
In order to do this, I wrote and recorded a piece of music intended to really capture the essence of what tore at me, and then proceeded to ask my friends to submit spoken word samples pertaining to their own experience of suffering. I was pretty pleasantly shocked by some of the submissions. People talked about wishing their family members would die. About constantly wanting to die themselves. About being raped. About nearly murdering their abusive parents. About being betrayed by someone they were in love with. It was fantastic. In the most fucked up way imaginable.
In addition to this, I invited Lurk (Conjuror, Light Being) to record guest vocals for the track. I gave him a simple text, “Don’t You Dare Numb the Pain”, and allowed him to kind of just do whatever he wanted. He ended up throat singing the whole thing, which lent an eerie, otherwordly, demonic atmosphere to the already tortured effort.
Once I had all of this together, I mixed all the voice samples in with the music. The end result is a veritable stew of toxic negativity in all its forms. Hatred. Sadness. Despair. Fear. Upon completion, I made a concentrated effort to transfer what was living inside me into the piece. Away from myself. Forever. And every time the recording is listened to, the thing makes itself known through the music and words contained therein.
Thus is Vessel 333 made manifest. I hope it fucking hurts to listen to.
There are a number of things that can be said about Vessel 333 taken off the upcoming album by the unwavering force that is Hvile I Kaos. This track in itself is a flurry of emotions that can be felt through the music and the spoken words. These voices and the pain that they are portraying is an almost tangible essence that is brought together by the mournful sounds of the cello, and the distant phantom tones of the phrase “Don’t You Dare Numb the Pain” by Lurk (Conjuror, Light Being). Most of the spoken words were done so anonymously but some did choose to be listed. (Tiana Marie and Lauren Davis from performance art group Coven of Ashes, Tattoo Artist Jade Willow, and Necrohorn, vocalist of Ashenblood, Arachnigod)
Yet again Kakophonix has proved to be a master of invoking feeling and passion in his music but Vessel 333 is a bit different. This track left me at a loss for words and I found myself digging into the dark recesses of my mind to grapple with my own inner demons. Feelings of sadness, hate, remorse, and anger are prominent but this is something that the listener needs to experience first hand. It is hard for me to put it all into cohesive words. For a piece of music to be that insanely powerful is all the more reason to give Hvile I Kaos’s work a listen. There is true emotion here and of course everyone can take away from it what they will. The new album Agios O Fotiá is set to be released on October 13th 2017 through Deathwave Nexion and the album release show will take place at the 5 Star Bar on October 14th through Church of the 8th Day and The Elegy Ensemble. Bands performing include Imperialist, Ruines ov Abaddon, Solar Haze, and Morphesia. Again take the time and delve into this track, this one is painful yet beautiful.