They take transfers of power, mostly through Ecstasy With The Nonexistents to be this three-part saga of overbearing, defeat, and finally death. The “soundboard recording of a full live set from 2018” sees this intricate and engaging mix of live performance that blends almost seamlessly to the wax it’s pressed on.
Opening with a near title track, “Senses Of The Nonexistent” becomes ritualistic in style, configuring undertones of black metal after a rigorous building period. The chimes and light-covered bells are in tandem with subtle strings and good-natured but foreboding elements.
In the transition of “Through Kaleidoscopic Haze Of Unexpected Events,” Chaos Echœs begin to show signs of format switching. Equating to a tidal wave right before it smashes through a village, Ecstasy With The Nonexistents has weapons of tension and extreme resonance to the advantage.
Longer pieces like the nine-minute-long track “Black Mantra,” there seem to be elements of influence from the less obsessive and destructive first tracks to the more environmentally destructive second act.
Sonically, “Black Mantra” is some of Chaos Echœs most exciting and exhilarating attacks through sound. The percussion is handled by Ilmar Uibo whose playstyle consists more of atmospheric building and matching.
Also, a standout for the track, Kalevi Uibo on the guitar works with Fabien Furter and Guillermo Gonzalez. As a hydra for sins, Stefan Thanneur follows on the bass and takes less direction as often they lead on the tracks.
A breakdown on “Black Mantra” has a groove section with Thanneur and Ilmar Uibo, breaking the black metal silence to introduce some hardcore tonality to Ecstasy With The Nonexistents.
Impossible to discuss without mentioning some of the droning and horror sounds that Chaos Echœs introduce to the record. Pieces like “Soul Ruiner” are shadowed in comparison to “Surrounded And Amazed By These Unplumbed Abysses Of The Inverted Sea.” A track that uses more building elements than any other, the segue between “Surrounded And Amazed By These Unplumbed Abysses Of The Inverted Sea” and “Soul Ruiner” are like a well-oiled machine.
No gears grind, no pushback from the band, everything collides and formats into one perfect bite-sized downfall. Giving Ecstasy With The Nonexistents a mud-covered and dirt-infused burial fits, but the production is quite clean on the termination of man.