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Imperative Imperceptible Impulse

by Ad Nauseam

  • Cassette Tape, hand-numbered /100 (US Edition)

    This edition of the tape comes on a smoky tint cassette with white print, housed in a Norelco plastic case with an additional obi strip. It is hand-numbered out of a total of 100 copies.

    Includes a 7 panel J-Card and download coupon.

    Ships mid to late May.

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With their sophomore album 'Imperative Imperceptible Impulse', AdNauseam took a step forward in terms of composition, musical structures and sound.

Music is not intended as a mere sequence of riffs that sounds well one after the other, but is now a naturally ordered structure where almost every musical event refers to the past and/or predicts the future, generating very layered and complex patterns dominated by polyphony and polyrhythms and where each instrument has its own role and is essential in the whole.

The music represents a merging of many different styles, the most prominent ones being extreme death/black metal, avantgarde, jazz, post-core, doom/sludge and ambient.

The composition process of Imperative Imperceptible Impulse has been heavily influenced by 20th century classical composers like Stravinsky, Šostakóvič, Xenakis, Scelsi, Penderecki and Ligeti, to name a few.

Both theconcepts of harmony and melody have been put into discussion to get a music where harmony is obtained by means of disharmony and melody by dissonances.

To push this method even further, a unique tuning system has been conceived, to allow a new harmonic vocabulary and to eradicate the players from the comfort zone of the usual melodic patterns everyguitar/bass player is used to.

The quartet is known to adopt a DIY approach in its most authentic meaning. To be able to keep every single step of the recording process under control and meet the band's high expectations, not only all Ad Nauseam records are self-produced, but each band member also contributes researching, designing and building most of the equipment used for the recordings (drums parts, cabinets, bass/guitar/studio related electronics) and collecting mainly vintage, odd and uncommon gears.

Ad Nauseam takes a step back from the synthetic, flat and fake sound of modern production trends, going in the opposite direction, again adopting the same principles that are used to record classical music: less is more.

An extreme effort has been put to find a way to record the most natural, dynamic and tridimensional sound possible.

For this reason, instead of focusing on the mixing and post-production phase, an insane amount of attention has been paid studying how to capture the best sound since the very beginning. The maniacal assembly and calibration of the audio chainallowed to nearly eliminate the use of equalizers and dynamiccompressors.

Saying it with Steve Albini: "I want to hear the sound of theinstrument, not the sound of the processor".



released April 22, 2021


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Amidst the great pandemic of 2020, Total Dissonance Worship was launched as a vessel for forward-thinking, outside of the box Extreme Metal of the past, present and future.

TDW is a boutique label collective that is home to select releases of bands such as Nightmarer, Imperial Triumphant, Vitriol, Ion Dissonance, Plebeian Grandstand and more.
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