Review: Host – Star & System

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Wanna know how to submit to The Void? Get in here. This is a how-to for embracing nothingness.

I first encountered Host several months ago while researching ambient/noise artists and immediately connected with the derelict, broken-world sounds of releases like Active Resistance and Null Pointer. Host’s sole member, Nathan Jenkins, has a brilliant talent for weaving deep, horrific and expansive tales of sound, then feeding them through a powerful/damaged transmitter that blasts away all but the strongest and most critical frequencies. Or, at least, that’s what it sounds like.

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The result is a lush, foreboding symphony of chilly static layers, endless echoes, fragmented squelches and reverberating concussions that launches your imagination toward shadowy, unseen horrors lurking just beneath the surface of our everyday din.

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The latest release, Star & System, expands on this template with four “ordeals” of varying intensity and malevolence. The name is especially appropriate, as these tracks have a decidedly sci-fi taste that attempt to articulate the sound of a reality crumbling and imploding around the listener. So in that vein, let’s take a quick look at each track.

First Ordeal | Plunging into the infinite. Witnessing the gravitational collapse of a star while station alarms blare overhead. A terrifying calm amidst chaos, panic and dread.

Second Ordeal | A communication from the abyss. A wordless yet cadenced language of ambiguous intent. The realization of an “other” in the unending blackness.

Third Ordeal | The inner workings of the continuum drive as it fails to properly fire. A fragmented journey through vast epochs of time and undiscovered dimensions.

Fourth Ordeal | Face to face with The Void. Arriving at the end of time. All things cease to exist. Embracing infinite absence while being ripped apart at the atomic level.

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“The gross must pass through fire; let the fine be tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones in the highest. Thus ye have star & star, system & system; let not one know well the other!”

 

Star & System is available for streaming & FREE DOWNLOAD via bandcamp. Go get it right now. You won’t be disappointed.

 

(images via the Host facebook page)

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