Monday, March 28, 2016

Sarin - Nihilist (1996)

Sunn O))) - ØØ Void (2000) + Dømkirke (2008)
KTL - 2 (2007)

Sarin was a short-lived noise duo consisting of Stephen O'Malley and (near-future Burning Witch vocalist) Edgy 59. Given the formidable body of work that O'Malley has amassed, it should come as no surprise that Sarin's sole release, Nihilist, is a dynamic, inspired, and unforgiving piece of anti-music. It's not groundbreaking, but it's great. I don't know exactly what's being used to create these sounds, so I'll just describe what I hear: shrieking feedback, rumbling, clattering, oscillating, droning, sputtering, distorted radio transmissions, sheets of static.

Track listing:
1. Tektoniks
2. 6:66
3. Red Army
4. War of the Worlds

Longed for a knife
An edge to lay bare entrails
Free brain and heart
A release from what is inside
Cut-out tongue and sex
A sharp blade to cleanse impurity
The so-called spirit world soon out of this miserable corpse

More along these lines:
Vidna Obmana - The Ultimated
Sign of Burning Death
Brighter Death Now -
The Slaughterhouse (1993)


  1. The download link is to Thanks for recommending this, I haven't heard of it.

  2. I was confused at first, because I have in my files a very recently-released album called "Burial Dream" by a group from Ontario named Sarin who do a post-metal-ish sort of thing. And so I look on discogs and it turns out that Stephen O'Malley's Sarin is listed there as just "Sarin" and this other Canadian Sarin as "Sarin (10)"! That's right - aside from these two, there have been at least 8 additional musical acts named "Sarin" over the years. What a world...