Pa Vesh En – Martyrs LP
Pa Vesh En – 'Martyrs' LP
Black vinyl edition in gatefold sleeve with insert limited to 400 copies
New 2023 album, the most unsettling record yet from this DSBM entity. Split into three acts, Martyrs bears some aesthetic/thematic resemblances to the shocking French-Canadian film of the same name, but as the opening gambit of "A Vigilian Impending Murk" and "The House of Pain" quickly proves, PA VESH EN is operating on an entirely different wavelength. That wavelength surely carries forward the undulating violence of its predecessor - rippling, roiling, and nearly bestial, with just as much (if not more) muscle to spare - but as Martyrs plays on and that violence begins to reverberate upon itself, ghostly textures arise from that murk and take on new, undead life. Are they synths? Church bells? Actual disembodied voices? Who can say, really... Truly, PA VESH EN has taken to that far-more-Alpha surge brazenly displayed on Maniac Manifest, but here deftly (and densely) layers his creations with a swarm of sounds that seemingly come from every direction, which becomes all the more disorienting and disturbing when the tempos begin to accelerate and disintegrate at will. And survive long enough into Martyrs and one will hear the Belarusian loner's melodicism rend the saddest notes from a still-bleeding heart...and an ethereal female voice bringing the album to a climactic close.