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  • Summary: This is the first full-length solo release in 15 years for Norwegian ambient artist Helge Sten as Deathprod.
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  • Record Label: Smalltown Supersound
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Experimental Ambient, Dark Ambient, Noise
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  1. Dec 9, 2019
    80
    Opening piece "Disappearance / Reappearance" recalls the second part of 1994's Treetop Drive, with stark blasts of electronic noise repeatedly shooting out and dissipating into empty space, providing a consistent series of electrifying jolts that are as brutal as they are mesmerizing. Most of the remaining pieces are a series of numerically titled "Occultations," and while they usually aren't nearly as harsh, they're just as striking.
  2. Dec 19, 2019
    80
    Occulting Disk is somehow mesmerizing and terrifying—motivational for those who need it, a nuisance to those who don’t want it.
  3. The Wire
    Dec 9, 2019
    80
    The undulating, snarling “Black Transit Of Jupiter’s Third Satellite” is a bubbling 12 minute antimatter expanse, the pot of black gold at the end of this particular rainbow. The journey to get there is ravishingly bleak and massaging. [Jan 2020, p.58]
  4. Dec 9, 2019
    80
    Stern's use of repetition is powerful and carefully considered, making space for deep thought and reflection. Pockets of silence strengthen this concentrative quality.
  5. Dec 9, 2019
    70
    Occulting Disk is not a record to approach lightly. Often it seems deliberately constructed to hold the listener at arm’s length daring one to submerge oneself in its frozen depths.
  6. Dec 9, 2019
    70
    If you hear ten seconds of any given song then you've heard its entirety, yet you haven't experienced the song. It's that sort of an album.