Published Jan 16, 2015As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset is the tongue-twisting title of the latest offering from Merdarahta, a side project from Topon Das (bass, samples) and Melanie Mongeon (vocals), both of Canada's finest grindcore export Fuck the Facts. Merdarahta sees the softer side of the dynamic duo. Also featuring members of the Sun Through a Telescope and Mekhaya, among others, the band juxtapose experimental ambient noise with doom and drone in a way that is dark and heavy yet ethereal and beautiful.
"Dirt Bodies" starts the album off with dissonant noise before switching to full, brooding rhythms and intensely harsh vocals on "The Dark Clouds." The pattern of ambient noise versus doom-filled crushers continues as the discordant "Their Blank Stares" balances out the monolithic and sludgy "Wounded." Haunting tones and feedback return once again with "Illusion" before seamlessly transitioning to last track "Poverty Will Spread," which features soft, delicate vocals and droning guitars that build up to a heavy, thunderous close. Simple and with subtle transitions, As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset is extremely well-composed and executed, with the perfect contrast of gorgeous, ominous atmospheres and powerful, dense riffs. (Noise Salvation)