Operating as FLATLINE CONSTRUCT as well as his own name since the late 90s, Ryan Bloomer is someone that should be synonymous with Canadian harsh noise. His Trauma Tone label and custom-built noise devices solidified his status in the genre's canon of the 2000s. Alongside his solo efforts on various legendary labels such as Harsh Head Rituals, New Forces, Self Abuse, Troniks, etc. Bloomer has worked in various collaborative projects with the likes of Dominick Fernow (PRURIENT) and Sam McKinlay (THE RITA). Now with a re-adoption of the BLOOMER moniker, 'Battle's Sign' delivers an extremely satisfying barrage of crumbling decay and ranks high as a personal favourite under the Absurd Exposition banner.
released September 21, 2019
Edition of 110 pro-dubbed on white tapes with one-sided pad-printed labels. Includes download code.
I cannot praise this album enough. This album is absolutely terrifying! The many starts and stops creates this very h settling tension. Each start expands on the stopper idea previously. It’s like the music equivalent of walking through thick fog while passing out multiple times throughout trying to find a place to orientate yourself. There may or may not be something sinister in that fog, but you don’t want to stick around to find out. Bought the vinyl so I summon the fog demons through spe showhornwithteeth
If you're looking for the sound of kindling dread and cold alienation, this is the album for you. I'm used to Deathbed Tapes' output being a sonic assault, and artists whose approach to sound is to invariably push it "into the red". This however is so much more subtler, it's gentler pace drawing-in curious listeners, enveloping them in it's all too intriguing darkness. Ben Harris