The Victim's Shudder - "Sonic Torture Methods"
(Black Death Distribution 2003)


Uploaded to Aural Innovations: April 2004

I know what youíre thinking... and it doesnít sound at all like that. My first instinct is to lump this in with the music/lifestyle crowd. Like the Mods, the Goths, the Death Metal-ers, the list goes on and on. I even thought about dismissing it all as trying too hard, especially with a name like that.

None of that worked. I admit Iím not crazy about the project name or CD title (remember, Iím old). This music was created by Darin Winn, with ethereal vocals by Diana. It is bleak and dark. Itís also a bit more orchestrated than the average ambient, so it canít be lumped in there. And while itís a little dark, itís never really scary, overpowering, or nightmarish.

One thing that is interesting, is that Darin likes to use lots of voices moving around in the background. Everything from Dianaís beautiful vocals to chants, processed ďdarkĒ voices, whisperings, and samples. It does give it a unique character.

Personally, I think this one is more for the Dark Music crowd. However, if youíre expecting dark musical insanity, based on the title, you will be disappointed (try Devil Doll).

For more information you can visit The Victim's Shudder web site at: http://thevictimsshudder.cjb.net.
Email at: mementos_i@hotmail.com.

Reviewed by Louis Hesselt-van-Dinter


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