Because of Fear (2021) is the third full-length offering from Acid Damage. The artist takes a uniquely deliberate approach in constructing ambient compositions. Employing the methods of noise and drone composers alike, Acid Damage bares a cinematic beast of writhing horror using minimal instrumentation and processing.
A percussive, bellowing knot resonates a reductionist revelry for a dystopian hellscape. The low, intermittent chime is a bereft siren-call for a despondent populace. A scattered, John Carpenter-esque beat chain palpitates with the classic charm of early digital hardware sequencers. It plays behind a growing, embryonic haze of symbolic optimism as the innocence of discovery begins to shine through a dismal cloak. We hear the uncorrupted song of a piano, its major keys progress to align us with a hopeful sentiment. While delicately placed notes ring justly into creation, a dissonance seeps into the stronghold of forgiving melodies. From hopefulness, a jaded neutrality is born. A growling, formidable drone consumes our soundscape with a gust of pitch-bent modulation. A heavily distorted synth takes the form of a seething wind. The erratic buzz of overloading circuits dissolves as a quiet threat crawls from the sleep of uncertainty, undetected.
Because of Fear imposes a lapse into the unnerving depths of introspection. While fit to serve as the score to a claustrophobic dream, the album lends a harsh light to the corruptible and brutish state of our current reality. Because of Fear does not endeavour to philosophize, though its animosity may leave listeners contemplating their baser selves.