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Shards of Subtle Being


The definitive audio companion for lost souls and troubled minds.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Dark Ambient/Noise
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Terminal Unfolding
7:18 $0.99
2. Receiver Grants Permission
6:18 $0.99
3. Hunters of White Light
4:38 $0.99
4. A Fragile Truce
10:32 $0.99
5. Body Meant To Burn
9:54 $0.99
6. Tea Time for Playground Ghosts
9:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
As it\'s title indicates, \"Shards of Subtle Being\" is about an uneasy sense of urgency, namely the shape of things to come and the direction our world is headed.
Largely abandoning their debut\'s abstract, creep-rock aesthetic, MAGGOTAPPLEWONDERLAND have instead focused their efforts on a cohesive epic of degenerate noise and ghostly melodies tucked inside call and response arrangements between the living and the dead.
The dramatic arc of these songs are built around the way instruments lurch into place while encrypted field recordings manage to deliver the meaning behind the album.
Each song cleverly dovetails into something altogether dramatic and physical, drawing the listener in; all the while painting a dismal mural of jagged sounds and graveyard lullabyes.



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Marthew Snope

Worthwhile, but not as good as 1st album
This is no doubt a very good album, with the high production value and intriguing dark ambience we've come to expect from MAW. However, it's hard to follow up their first album, and this one falls a bit short. It has a lot of the same snippets/teases of rhythm, samples, etc, but it's mainly A LOT of slow, floating, dark ambience. I think the first album was a bit better at balancing things out, but Shards is a bit too heavy on the ambience (the last track is quite hard to listen to, frankly). At the same time, the high point is probably "A Fragile Truce", with its hypnotic, simple melody and repeated sample. I would have liked more of the tracks to be like this one. Nonetheless, a good album overall, and I hope by album three MAW can do again what they so wonderfully did on album one.

Courtesy of Darren Bergstein, e/i Magazine > AUDIO VERITÉ

Music from the edge of the abyss
"...working well outside classic EM boundaries where electric bass guitars and electric baritone guitars speak their minds as expressively as their electronic counterparts. “Terminal Unfolding” features synths folded and creased into the oft-menacing architecture fomented by A. Jones and R. Shapton’s string-driven thingies, signatures recognizable but harried on by the pulsing circuitries surrounding them. “A Fragile Truce” commences with some tentative synth sprinkles from Peck, but the guitarists’ quick response, teasing electricity, plangent chords shapeshifting and intensifying the atmosphere, reveals an industrial-strength stew of a stripe seldom devised by post-Berlin School alum. Vivid and cinematic, with a sense of reckless endangerment situating the music right at the abyssal edge."

CD Baby Staff

This is what CD Baby had to say about our first release
"Here's an album that lives up to its title. Managing to be both sharply beautiful and darkly sinister, this collage of ambient, experimental metal is challenging in all the right ways. The incorporation of electronic sounds into a surreal semi-metal environment is nothing new, but these guys take it a step further, slipping in theremin vibes and strange programming and sampling elements that peel the skin back even further. Considering that there are six musicians involved in the playing, it's slightly surprising to hear a resulting sound that ethereal but complete, full but not too busy. You could call this ambient noise, but I'm not sure if that's giving it enough credit. This is an album you can listen to with headphones on and catch a ton of subtleties that you may have missed through your standard sound system. Fans of Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, and abstract experimental music will have no trouble diving headfirst into this one."