Sightless Pit is like the Avengers of extreme-maybe-not-technically-metal-but-still-fucking-heavy music. Lee Buford of critically adored experimental noise duo The Body, Dylan Walker of grindcore wunderkinds Full of Hell, and Kristin Hayter, otherwise as she who cannot be categorised, Lingua Ignota – this is a collaboration that, on paper, to me is a dream come true. These are personal artistic giants, and to see them join forces seems too good to be true.
But it was even better than I imagined.
I don’t know what the fuck I expected with Sightless Pit. In some ways it’s exactly what I expected, but it somehow also completely blindsided me. While elements of what we’ve come to expect from each of the three contributors certainly shine through, the final product is something new entirely.
Dirty, distorted, noisy electronic beats and soundscapes flood the room, as Dylan’s unmistakably demonic screams sink into the noise, before vocal duties are handed off to Kristin, whose immediately recognisable voice transcends and hypnotises as always.
If you’re familiar with any of the work from these three people, you’re halfway to being prepared for this. But not really.
Sightless Pit is a strange, confronting, and at times difficult journey. It is a noise-filled, near-impenetrable experience but, if you break through, it will be an incredibly beautiful and rewarding musical experience.