“- Die monster, you don’t belong in this world!
– It was not by my hand that I am once again given flesh. I was called here by HUMANS, wishing to pay ME tribute!
– Tribute?! You steal men’s souls, and make them your slaves!
– Perhaps the same could be said of all religions…
– Your words are as empty as your soul. Mankind ill needs a saviour such as you!
– What is a man!!? A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk, have at you!!!”
-Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Bad Dracula refference aside, Prurient’s Dracula Syndrome is a really excellent album! The cassettes are filled with thick, heavy noise mats with absolutely fantastic texture. It’s a prime example of harsh noise/power electronics, yet the nosie never feels too overpowering and draning or too overworked with too may layers. It focuses on a structure and texture at a time, and elegantly lets the texture fully sink into your mind.
Not to say that Dracula Syndrome is soft or weak as a noise record, all the harshness and oppressiveness is present. The nice, calm found recording on the album gives the album a nice and mysterious fell to it, and provides a good juxtaposition to the otherwise rough sounds.
The album consists of two cassettes tied to a miniature cabinet. Unfortunately, the album is quite hard to get your hands on, but it is available at Spotify for your sub-par enjoyment, until you manage to find it!