Rene Hell The Terminal Symphony

Rene Hell The Terminal Symphony
In recent years, there has been no shortage of musicians attempting to reshape the electronic music landscape with heady doses of noise, drone and retro-minded synth exploration. It's become a saturated scene, for sure, but if there ever was an artist deserving to rise above the cosmic clutter, it's Jeff Witscher. As Rene Hell, he's taken the ethos of decades-old kosmische experimentation and blasted it far into the future, as proved by the project's sophomore full-length, The Terminal Symphony. Instead of your basement variety drone-a-thons, the album favours shorter, compact compositions, overflowing with modern takes on everything from '80s industrialism to BBC Radiophonic blip-bleeps and beautifully swelling, Vangelis-like bliss-outs, with Witscher all the while attempting to reinterpret a love for classical minimalism. It's a lot to wrap your head around, but it never becomes overwhelming, with tracks having clear beginnings, middles and ends. As a whole, the same can be said of The Terminal Symphony, which filters just the right amount of melodic payoff into left field, often challenging structures. While The Terminal Symphony is a hard one to absorb, it's also one of the most dense, forward-thinking and unique releases of 2011 thus far. (Type)