“I See What I Became shines because of its diversity: bits of trip-hop and ambient music keep each song sounding different, adding uncomfortable psychedelia to an album that brims with dystopian undertones.” – Decibel
Decibel Magazine is currently streaming I See What I Became, the anticipated second full-length from MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE, featuring Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and Buried At Sea’s Sanford Parker.
Produced by Seward Fairbury (Corrections House) and Negative Soldier, mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod), with decibel manipulation by Dave French (Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Anunnaki), the industrial duo’s follow-up to 2016’s critically-lauded, self-titled debut spews eight bile-rich pieces of unsettling audio devastation.
“This record shows the heart of our previous work together in MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE and Corrections House,” issues Kelly of the release, “but the songwriting has evolved immensely in my opinion. Still abstract and still unsettled but the groove is present throughout this record. Approach with an open mind and we think this will move you.”
Adds Decibel,”MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE are pretty much the dream team when it comes to dark, experimental industrial. Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and Buried At Sea’s Sanford Parker join forces to craft hypnotic industrial, employing mechanical percussion, joyless vocals, and bursts of noise in such a way that it could only be MIRRORS OF PSYCHIC WARFARE playing. I See What I Became shines because of its diversity: bits of trip-hop and ambient music keep each song sounding different, adding uncomfortable psychedelia to an album that brims with dystopian undertones.”
With I See What I Became, a sonic abattoir is erected, exploited, and razed. Turbulence rises and churns giving way to rhythmic machinations, lights flicker, a grand mal/guignol seizure besets a frog-headed snitch, blood collects in a stainless-steel gutter. There’s nothing fun here; nothing but the cold of an autopsy followed by the heat of a crematorium.
“…a trip-hop-influenced track that dances around noise, power electronics, drum and bass and more, flirting with the dark aesthetics of Nick Cave, Aphex Twin, and early Tricky, creating for a fascinating bed for the vocals of Scott Kelly.” – Revolver on “Crooked Teeth”
“The starting point of the music of the duo is the ambiance. It is the feature that composes the world of MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE, and its dystopian characteristic is the key element of this mix…The cold, industrial touch, arriving in equal parts from the meticulous teachings of Godflesh and the ecstatic visions of Skinny Puppy, ties in perfectly with the atmosphere. Here is also where the band strikes a fine balance, with the industrial element never overwhelming the other aspects of the record or the exploratory sense of MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE.” – Cvlt Nation
“…an industrial album…with a strong emphasis on instrumentals and a tone that aptly fits the description of a dystopian atmosphere, aided well by the harrowing vocals of Kelly, which are understandably reminiscent of what you’d hear in Neurosis’ more atmospheric songs.” – Overdrive Magazine
“I See What I Became is an album that leaves you scraping your jaw off the floor. It makes you question everything you thought you knew about heavy music whilst affirming the power of industrial sounds. It’s a great creative achievement and extremely indicative of the sum of its parts.” — Two Guys Metal Reviews
“Far from the clarity of enlightenment the title may suggests, I See What I Became conveys a wallowing in darkness and a sense of resignation, hollowed out, nihilistic. It’s a heavy grind that wears you down, and by the end, I feel drained. I see nothing, and I feel numb.” — Aural Aggravation
“…an unsettling walk through an industrial underbelly. The tracks reek of menace and decay with all the gravitas of Killing Joke and the swirling melody of Fields Of The Nephilim. This is not bombast, this is the hypnotism of a serpent that will coil itself around you and crush your ribs before you can scream.” — Ave Noctum
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