Since their amazing epic of 2013; “The Empirics Guild“, Steel Hook Prostheses are coming back, stronger then ever. Symptomatic for their high-quality dark ambient, power electronics and noise. Their forthcoming release will be put out by 412Recordings. The “SHP”-logo and the prosthetic arm underneath it was designed by Cody Drasser, the man who might mainly be recognized for his contributions for the eminent web-zine Heathen Harvest.
The steel hook is clinging back to the harshly laden corrosive atmospheres, as their maniacal devotion reaches its peak. These acolytes of the sullen have made a sacrifice, once again. Offering up their slowly developing enigmatic sound, into both the long and outdrawn peripheral of every emoticon that is a shade less positive, and a tad more negative – yet ultimately blown out of proportions to serve as a cringing reminder of them being astray for a while. Metallic, incandescent, a totality of their channeled selves. One thing must be said, and that is their total passive-aggressiveness gets overloaded into the domains of a rough-cut diamond, that will serve as a static assault. The sublimity is here in abundance.
Those who serve Steel Hook Prostheses are going to get their full dosage rightfully so, before the release is out on the market. Digitally, we’ll force-feed you with everything you need to get your latest fix. They’re a lot more complex then a drug, and they’re for those whose heart is as molten; as their pieces of sonic decadence is. Those who should be stricken with fear is those whom are faint of heart. Now, in 2014, they will gain their rightful place once again. With the release “Rodent Ulcer“, which will hit you indiscriminately through their terrorizing landscape of sound, is due to be released in April. In the format of an extremely limited run of 100 CDr copies. Half of these copies will reside in the UK with 412Recordings for European listeners to buy, and the other half will be made available from Steel Hook Prostheses’ two members John Stillings and Lerry Kerr for the American audience, on Bandcamp in due time.
With one of the longer tracks they’ve created, namely the title-track of this release “Rodent Ulcer“, they grind your senses down into pitch-black blindness. Severing the normal routine of your autonomous system, making your irregular heartbeats bounce into near-death experiences. What’s more interesting is the sheer power of the atmospheres that are cast into this 16-minute maddening piece of music. Every step of the way is carefully monitored by yours truly, John Stillings and Larry Kerr. Piercing vocals, clandestine tools of their use produce waves of decrepit folds to lure you into. Insanity is a mild word to use for this absolute force that is plucking away at you. Claustrophobia steeped into both a miniscule sound-scape, but also a grandiose one. It’s strangely attracting, in a seductive way. Hypnotizing you. The other is a track called “Lice“, which is almost bordering to the territory of noise, as the static sound alters into rhythms of two, one which displays an outdrawn characteristic, the other tearing apart the first. A menacingly introduction to sonic decay. Both tracks can be streamed exclusively from Invisible Guy down below, before release. Press play.