SPOORLOOS – The Hill album
Spoorloos is a solo project written/recorded and performed by Thuringwethil ( Larissa Elaine Glasser) She is an academic librarian, a writer of dark fantasy and horror fiction, and is co-founder of the Witching Metal band, Hekseri. The project is named after the classic 1988 Dutch/French horror film.
The Hill is an album of unhinged, haunted, atonal solo-acoustic murder ballads and ambient soundscapes primarily influenced by Slint’s Spiderland and Swans My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky. That is cribbed directly from the liner notes but for my money there are slobbering shadows of the Suspiria soundtrack and early Jethro Tull (when they were noisy).
To say this is a challenging listen would sound harsh and almost insulting but indeed, it is. IF one is not a daring adventurer in the sounds they seek and IF one cannot break new aural ground and sit tight while doing it, then it will definitely prove a challenge. But if you can anchor yourself to giving it a good sold hear (preferably through headphones so you get ever nuanced, suffering sound) then you’re in for a hellishly creepy ride.
Thematically the music on this disc, could have no higher a horror pedigree. Based on classic works by writers such as Sheridan Le Fanu, Oliver Onions and Arthur Machen. There are also songs that grapple such slithery subjects as cultism, Occultism, serial killers, intolerance and murder.
The influence of early dark metal is clear as well as that strange landscape that borders it, where the cacophonous and dark lope and squirm but not wearing denim and leather. Where bands like Big Black and Rapeman can toe the line against Venom and Possessed.
The Hill walks heel-toe one the line that splits that landscape. These songs, mostly acoustic and percussive, churn and build like a softly whispered mantra that swells to a rending shrieking chant. Whispers and snarls flit about like bats in a small room and the din threatens to suffocate you but keep listening and it all comes together. It swirls and envelopes you in a cocoon of dead skin and dark deed. (Reviewed by John Boden)
Spoorloos “The Hill” is available through CD Baby, iTunes and Bandcamp or you can contact through their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Spoorloosmass