Feral Din |Axis Records, 1992|
1. Candle Burn, 2. Digest, 3. Vein IV, 4. Egotesticle, 5. Darkest Hour, 6. Mockery, 7. Atrocity, 8. Kiss The Glove, 9. Ferraldin, 10. Night Music
Vein Cage is essentially Peter DiNardi’s project, assisted by Mark Alan Miller (Out Out
), which gives the prints of the album "Feral Din" in the early 90s, precisely in 1992 by Axis Records.
The 76 minute long album comprises 10 tracks of which the last is a 30 minute long suite. Currently you can buy the digital version of this album directly from the labels official website, but this edition does not include the suite called "Night Music". On the other side it contains two extra demos: "Rail" and "Strychnine". For those who still love the CD, like me, I would suggest you try to get the version released in 1992. There is no doubt it would be a difficult task, but it is worth the effort just because of the suite "Night Music", a dark and cacophony session grabbing at the roots of industrial music legends Throbbing Gristle. Alternatively, you may contact Radio Valkyrie for the song (Night Music) purchase.
What immediately strikes at the first listening is the high quality mastering of the songs. A sign of a "Vein" inspired compositions that will accompany these two artists also in the future.
The opening track "Candle Burn" reminds one of a harsher KLF. "Rail" and "Atrocity" are furious discharges of guitars and drums which recall the ferocity of a track called "Fascist Jock Itch" by Skinny Puppy
. In addition to songs of the obvious coldwave vibe, Peter and Mark show all of their best sampling skills in the dark litany of "Darkest Hour".
Overall, the album is excellent and if you love the late 80s Skinny Puppy and Ministry sound, this album keeps coming up.
It should be mentioned in particular the song "Ferraldin" differs markedly from the previous version. From the first note you are transported to another reality, another dimension of ourselves, a reality that could frighten of such fragility and melancholy but could be a source of peace and harmony as well.
Only a few songs can penetrate our souls that deeply, and this is one of them. "Ferraldin" is a terrific evocative and melancholic ode... An absolute masterpiece. It's definitely an album to discover, and rediscover for those who already own it. (Marco Gariboldi)