Olivier Dumont proves himself to be an architect of sound with this debut on Utech Records. He masterfully constructs structures of harsh ambiance out of his guitar, amplifier, tape recorder, and other unorthodox methods of instrumentation like buzz cables. My immediate impression was to file him under the noise genre, but that would be an injustice. No, he is definitely an artist in his own right, and ought not to be shelved away with the countless other noise acts never to be remembered again.
He has created five pieces that carve out metal-twinged drones through a curtain of noise. Sometimes they are thick and bristly like audible steel wool, but other times they just flow like sonic threads weaving a twisted tapestry. No matter how you slice it (or in this case saw through it), these sounds are undead slabs of metallic crust that won’t be contained. They climb out of your speakers and confront you face to face. Gripping you with their jagged claws, they heave you into a bottomless pit of ecstatic electronic masochism. By the time you finish the disc it has been an unassumingly gratifying experience. It just hits the spot sometimes. I guess every now and again I feel like a glutton for punishment. The artwork for the album is superb, as Utech releases usually are. 8/10 -- Dave Miller (14 January, 2010)