Nornahetta – “Synesthetic Pareidolia” (2017) Cassette

Originally released as a single-sided 12″ and CD by the Portuguese label Signal Rex, Synesthetic Pareidolia also received the cassette treatment from Vánagandr, which makes sense given that the Iceland-based label is operated by Nornahetta member Tómas I. (♠)

Synesthetic Pareidolia is a cacophonous 16 minutes of slamming darkness. Historically we’re presented with two different versions of hell. The first is hyper-organzied, a bureaucratic nightmare of planned-out pain and torture like the levels Dante identified in Inferno, each dedicated to a specific subset of suffering and punishment. The other is unbridled chaos and pain and fire and The Lawrence Welk Show reruns and demons tearing away your flesh, an eternal parade of terror. Synesthetic Pareidolia is more the latter, a wall of sound pounding you into submission, with only a few brief interludes of organization during which you can catch your breath.

The song can be heard in its entirety on Bandcamp HERE, and the band has copies of the vinyl and CD for sale there as well. I don’t see the cassette there, nor on Vánagandr’s website, so not sure you can track down the tape if you want to go old school.

(♠) Like so many musicians in Iceland, Tómas I is a member of a number of bands. In his case this includes Naðra, Misþyrming, Carpe Noctem, 0, and Grafir.