Plutonian Khaos – Those Who Shall Arrive

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When abductees talk about Grey aliens there always seems to be a sense of terror and dread, accompanying an experience that made them feel powerless and violated. I truly believe that Plutonian Khaos has captured that exact sentiment in audio form with Those Who Shall Arrive. The suffocatingly layered mix of lo-fi atmospheric/raw black metal, dark ambient and harsh noise presented on the album really draws you into a mindset where you can imagine the terror of an abduction.

Artist: Plutonian Khaos

Album: Those Who Shall Arrive

Label: Nomad Sky Diaries – Sky Burial

Release Date: June 10th 2024

Location: Slovakia

Written by James Sweetlove

When abductees talk about Grey aliens there always seems to be a sense of terror and dread, accompanying an experience that made them feel powerless and violated. I truly believe that Plutonian Khaos has captured that exact sentiment in audio form with Those Who Shall Arrive.

This is an offering that is better described as a “sonic experience” than music, as layers of suffocating noise, atmosphere and raw biting distortion overwhelm and gradually beat down the listener. I think that this experience can go one of two ways for the listener, they can either be completely overwhelmed auditorial and look at the album as something to “make it through” or they can embrace what’s on offer, a genuinely immersive and powerfully atmospheric release for those who can find beauty in the ugly things in life.

There’s a haunting quality to the music that stems from the dark ambient and ambient black metal elements on the album. Rather than sounding evil like most black metal projects, here we have an otherworldly and at times utterly terrifying essence to the music. It feels almost ominous in nature, which ties into the album’s title Those Who Shall Arrive, tapping into that terror felt by those who have had experiences with the Greys before and genuinely believe that they will continue to return and take them again and again.

Complementing the atmosphere on the album are the harsher elements that come from a place of harsh noise and lo-fi raw black metal. These elements give the album its suffocating nature as they are layered over the top of the atmospheric elements at play. Biting feedback and distortion that hammers the listener throughout the release, at times becoming extremely intense, but always giving the listener some respite as the track progresses from this harsh intensity into haunting ambience.

At times things shift from the shapeless soundscape like form that they occupy for a large portion of the album and we get a showing of killer black metal. This is still raw lo-fi black metal but that works perfectly with the traditional and simplistic nature of the riffs being thrown at us, personally I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I need to clarify that this isn’t an instrumental release, but the way that the vocals are worked in cleverly makes it feel as if it is. Its almost as if the vocals are simply another instrument in the mix, being kept on par with the instrumentals in the mix and having faded and echoed effects applied. What you get is raw alien sounding screeches that linger in the air with their drawn out length and add to the unsettling nature of the album as a whole.

Overall I think that this is a genuinely impressive album that is unlike anything I’ve ever heard in a lot of ways. I appreciate the depth of atmosphere that they created here, it really draws you into a mindset where you can imagine the terror of an abduction. This was my first encounter with this project and this label, but it looks like I have plenty of quality stuff to explore after this.

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