Echo Beds

Subterranean yet otherworldly sounds — like what you might hear if you were to somehow set up microphones in the endless tunnels of H.P. Lovecraft's Mountains of Madness — start off this live recording from the 2011 Denver Noise Fest. At points, the creeping, ambient noise of bio-mechanical entities in the middle distance are interrupted by feral screams or roars echoing nearby. And it's all punctuated by bursts of sound, like steam suddenly shooting unexpectedly and violently from a fissure in the floor. Did Echo Beds model the sound of water dripping in a cave? Are Tom Nelson and Keith Curts channeling some creature hidden in the secret places of the earth that we only hear about in folklore and horror movies? It sure sounds like it throughout this recording, which is abstract yet infused with terrifying immediacy.

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