By Dr. Abner Mality

There must not be enough hours in the day for Dutch maniac Mories to think of new projects to twist sound and torture listeners. He’s best known for the horror industrial project Gnaw Their Tongues, but also dabbles in numerous other excursions into sonic nightmare such as Aderlating, De Magia Veterum, Seirom…and the subject of this discourse, Cloak of Altering.

I find Gnaw Their Tongues to be almost unlistenable, but Cloak of Altering is a different story. COA is much more science fictional and futuristic in its approach than the demonic and claustrophobic GTT. That’s not to say that there isn’t a lot of uncomfortable listening on “Manifestation” as well, but that doesn’t seem to be the sole purpose of the recording. It’s a collection of seven tracks based on all manner of synthesizer tones, robotic vocals, some black metal style guitar riffing and cosmic samples taken from machines and spacial phenomena. It can be a driving, pounding racket but also verges on the soothing and majestic at times. “Stretching Infinity” and “Parasitic Altering Sickness” take things in the noisy direction and will push you to the limit. My personal favorite is “Hidden Celestial Deity”, which has some truly cosmic and uplifting sounds. “Cave Systems of the Outer Moons” has a gloomy, glacial quality to it that is very morose.

Of all of Mories’ projects that I’ve heard, I like Cloak of Altering the best.  It’s challenging but I can resist the urge to pour wax in my ears that I get with Gnaw Their Tongues. It’s industrial space noise at its furthest orbit.