Nosferatu (Album 2023)
Some artists seem to follow their targets and dreams compulsively. Almost obsessed. They have something in mind, but someone else, beezlebob pulls the strings. Luckily they follow these ideas. So listeners (and viewers) can get part of the intellectual world and possessed as well.
Earthset is one of these bands, always into something. After their latest „Bound“, they decided to create their vision of film music for the next silent movie after „L’Uomo Meccanico“. This time, they picked „Nosferatu“ from 1922, shot at Orava Castle among others and party set in Varna, home of Oddplay. It is maybe one of the most classic and iconic vampire movies of all time and inspired many after from „Nosferatu the Vampyre“ and „Bram Stoker’s Dracula“ to „Blade“ and the recent „Last Voyage of the Dementer“, was used by Indus Valley Kings and reimagined by Truchło Strzygi.
Back to the disturbing dark images from a century ago. Earthset introduce to the movie with the „Sinfonia del Terrore“, noises like from Sólstafir giving goosebumps and thrilling. The title track hits in with a tremendous riff that has to be found. Fear makes the heart nearly explode. Welcome to „Wisborg“, the fictional port, they describe with a drastic scape like Morricone’s „Paura“ and „Spasmo“.
Drum intro and whistling noises continue the monochromatic horror in Industrial sound colour and return later again, piercing like on tracks from N.W.A. or Snoop Dogg but unsettling like Primitive Man yet with the discomfortable warmth of Ghost. Strong riffs let „L’ombra Del Vampiro“ scurry by the inner eye and follow to „La Spiaggia Di Ellen“ until „Il Maestro È Qui!“ stomping.
In „Nosferatu Il Vampiro“, the massive riff returns too. Low-down and even more evil than before, a rude awakening, the return, the ressurection of the most sinister, vicious and terrifying satanic force this world has ever seen. Earthset have the talent, to paint pictures of noise, that excellently fit the charm of the ancient movie scenes. Noise scapes and heaviness melt together, like the blood on the staircase of the album cover, with a typography making think about movies of the 60s.