Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Blue Sabbath Black Cheer & Irr. App. (Ext.) - Skeletal Copula Remains/ Skeletal Imposition

Skeletal Copula Remains (Gnarled Forest/ Errata In Excelsis, 2011)

Skeletal Imposition (Gnarled Forest, 2009)

Blasphemous animal atrocities undergoing subconscious metamorphoses in a state of threatening amorphousness. Have been hunting down the 2011 LP forever and a half and it was worth all the effort, it's even more brilliant than the 2009 meeting of these unflinchingly creative and twisted sound masters. Matt Waldron (Irr. App. (Ext.)) adds his effortless capacity for professional surrealist slice & dice to BSBC's malicious electronics and nefarious beast howls. Short but perfectly condensed and without filler, both releases are some of my absolute favorite works of surrealistic noise of all time.


(art= "Meat Orchestra" by Mark Powell, totally check him out, this music IS the soundtrack to his horrifying miniatures)

Total - Hard + Low

Broken Flag, 1986

Another fine piece of old school psychedelic post-industrial and instrument-led power drone from Matthew Bower's main solo project of the late 80s-90s. This is the first work under this moniker and still reflects the charred, black & white war-crime Broken Flag aesthetic seen with Pure and early Ramleh. Black-box synths and corroded loops reflecting silent & undead post-apocalypses. "You'll Get Yours Yet" is still (seriously) my favorite power electronics track ever. But this tape is by no means entirely raging screech & howl, many tracks offer entirely acoustic passages, "Transfigured Night" offers a bleak Vajrayanic horn drone, and "The Sound of Music" is mainly a melancholic single-mode piano improvisation that presages Bower's much later work with minimal folk instrumentation. One of the best Broken Flag & Bower in general have had to offer.