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CURRENT 93

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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Founded in London, UK in 1982

CURRENT 93 is a longstanding project of musician/artist David Michael Bunting (aka David Tibet, aka Tibet), a loose collective who record and perform an eclectic brand of music that has roots in folk but employs sounds that range from metal to post-rock to industrial to neofolk, with nuanced sounds that encompass everything in between.

Founder member David Tibet has been the only constant presence in the band since their inception and his lyrical themes and subject matter encompass a wide variety of esoteric interests including: Christian eschatology, Aleister Crowley (from whom he took the band's name), Christian mysticism, Tibetan Buddhism, the iconography of the swastika and various occult left hand path traditions.

The group's direction is primarily guided by Tibet, but the group has close ties to many other groups including the avant band NURSE WITH WOUND (Steven Stapleton has recorded and toured extensively with both bands), as well as DEATH IN JUNE whose leader Douglas Pearce regularly appears with band. Other bands associated with the group include SOL INVICTUS, COIL, CRASS, HÖH and FIRE+ICE.

Tibet's prolific body of work has attracted significant attention from musicians of all genres over the years, and the band's album include appearances from an very broad range of artists from the folk singer Shirley Collins to Nick Cave to Marc Almond to the porn star Sasha Grey.

CURRENT 93's music challenges definitions of nearly every subgenre of progressive rock, and their inclusion on the ProgArchives will undoubtedly lead to an expanded definition of the Prog Folk label.

>> Bio by Bob Moore (aka ClemofNazareth) and ExittheLemming <<

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CURRENT 93 discography


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CURRENT 93 top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.17 | 15 ratings
Nature Unveiled
1984
3.87 | 13 ratings
Dogs Blood Rising
1984
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Aryan Aquarians: Meet Their Waterloo
1987
2.58 | 7 ratings
Dawn
1987
3.81 | 8 ratings
Swastikas For Noddy
1988
3.94 | 10 ratings
Crooked Crosses For The Nodding God
1989
3.07 | 8 ratings
Current 93 & HÖH: Island
1991
4.58 | 17 ratings
Thunder Perfect Mind
1992
3.97 | 12 ratings
Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre
1994
4.26 | 20 ratings
All The Pretty Little Horses
1996
3.92 | 6 ratings
Current 93 & Thomas Ligotti: In A Foreign Town, In A Foreign Land
1997
4.42 | 15 ratings
Soft Black Stars
1998
3.96 | 9 ratings
Sleep Has His House
2000
2.96 | 5 ratings
Faust
2000
1.33 | 3 ratings
The Great In The Small
2001
4.53 | 6 ratings
Current 93 & Nurse With Wound: Bright Yellow Moon
2001
3.90 | 13 ratings
Black Ships Ate The Sky
2006
1.00 | 1 ratings
Black Ships Eat The Sky
2006
3.89 | 9 ratings
Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain
2009
4.00 | 7 ratings
Baalstorm, Sing Omega
2010
3.50 | 4 ratings
Honeysuckle Æons
2011
4.00 | 8 ratings
I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (A Channel)
2014
2.13 | 5 ratings
My Name Is Nearly All That's Left
2014

CURRENT 93 Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

1.00 | 1 ratings
NL-Centrum Amsterdam w/Nurse with Wound
1985
3.00 | 4 ratings
Live at Bar Maldoror
1986
4.95 | 2 ratings
As the World Disappears...
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Frankfurt Sound Depot 24-03-1991 (with Death In June and Sol Invictus)
1992
3.83 | 4 ratings
Hitler as Kalki
1993
4.82 | 3 ratings
All Dolled Up Like Christ
1999
4.77 | 3 ratings
Cats Drunk on Copper
2001
2.00 | 2 ratings
Who is the Sufferer?
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Saint Olave's Church (with Antony And The Johnsons)
2002
3.92 | 6 ratings
Halo
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Teatro Ibérico, Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday 8 February 2003
2003
4.16 | 6 ratings
How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon
2005
3.82 | 3 ratings
Birdsong in the Empire
2007
1.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Hotel Island, Reykjavík, 11 February 1988 / Live at the 100 Club, London, 23 April 1985
2010
1.00 | 1 ratings
Aleph at Docetic Mountain
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Hotel Island, Reykjavik, 11 Febuary 1988
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Tokyo, 20/21 December 1988
2010
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live At Off Festival 2011, Katowice, Poland 4th August 2011
2011
2.05 | 3 ratings
And When Rome Falls
2012

CURRENT 93 Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

1.00 | 1 ratings
Since Yesterday: A Peek into the Pit
1995
2.00 | 1 ratings
Black Ships Heat the Dancefloor
2008

CURRENT 93 Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.83 | 5 ratings
Christ and the Pale Queens Mighty in Sorrow
1988
4.04 | 4 ratings
Earth Covers Earth
1988
3.00 | 1 ratings
Emblems
1993
4.00 | 5 ratings
Horsey
1997
4.00 | 1 ratings
Calling for Vanished Faces
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Untitled (with Michael Cashmore and Christoph Heemann)
1999
2.00 | 1 ratings
Maldoror Is Dead
2002
2.00 | 1 ratings
A Little Menstrual Night Music
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
England's Hidden Reverse (with Nurse With Wound and Coil)
2003
4.00 | 2 ratings
SixSixSix: SickSickSick
2004
2.50 | 2 ratings
How He Loved the Moon (Moonsongs for Jhonn Balance)
2005
5.00 | 1 ratings
Judas as Black Moth
2005
4.43 | 7 ratings
The Inmost Light
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Current 93 Compilation Part I
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Current 93 Compilation Part II
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Like Swallowing Eclipses (Current 93 As Dreamt By Andrew Liles)
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Unreleased Rarities, Out-takes And Rehearsals Volume II 1991-1995
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Unreleased Rarities, Out-takes And Rehearsals Volume I 1984-1990
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Untitled
2014

CURRENT 93 Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 2 ratings
Mi-Mort w/Nurse with Wound
1983
3.91 | 3 ratings
LAShTAL
1984
2.00 | 2 ratings
Nylon Coverin' Body Smotherin' w/ Nurse with Wound
1984
3.33 | 3 ratings
No Hiding From The Blackbird / Burial Of The Stoned Sardine (with Nurse With Wound)
1984
3.95 | 3 ratings
In Menstrual Night
1985
2.67 | 3 ratings
Nightmare Culture w/Sickness of Snakes
1985
3.00 | 1 ratings
Dawn
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ekki Er Allt Gull, Sem Gloir... Skamt Er Öfganna Á Milli
1987
3.00 | 3 ratings
Crowleymass w/ HÖH
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Augenblick #5 w/Nurse with Wound
1988
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Red Face of God
1988
3.00 | 2 ratings
Faith's Favourites w/Nurse with Wound
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hourglass
1989
3.00 | 1 ratings
She is Dead and all Fall Down / God has Three Faces and Wood has no Name
1989
4.16 | 10 ratings
Imperium
1989
3.00 | 2 ratings
????! (with Nurse With Wound and Sol Invictus)
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
American Society / Broken Birds (with Randy California)
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Horse w/Nurse with Wound
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Summer of Love
1990
3.50 | 2 ratings
Looney Runes
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
1888 w/Death in June
1991
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Nodding Folk
1993
4.96 | 6 ratings
Lucifer over London
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Fire of the Mind
1994
4.04 | 4 ratings
Tamlin
1994
4.09 | 4 ratings
Where the Long Shadows Fall (BeforeTheInmostLight)
1994
3.88 | 5 ratings
The Starres are Marching Sadly Home (The InMostLight ThirdAndFinal)
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
When the May Rain Comes
1996
5.00 | 2 ratings
Seven Seals (w/ Nature and Organization / Tiny Tim / Nurse With Wound)
1996
3.50 | 4 ratings
A Gothic Love Song
1998
3.50 | 2 ratings
Misery Farm
1999
4.91 | 6 ratings
I Have a Special Plan for this World
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Immortal Bird / Cripple And The Starfish (with Antony And The Johnsons)
2000
3.50 | 2 ratings
This Degenerate Little Town
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
Music For The Horse Hospital / Sounds From The Horse Hospital (with Nurse With Wound)
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Calling For Vanished Faces I / Virgin Mary (with Antony And The Johnsons)
2003
4.77 | 3 ratings
Some Soft Black Stars Seen Over London
2003
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Seahorse Rears to Oblivion
2003
4.50 | 4 ratings
Hypnagogue
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Niemandswasser
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Courtyard / Jerusalem
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Time Of The Last Persecution / Black Flowers, Please
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ntnau Nhôtp Mprê Ahenjêu Eukêm Ouem Tpe
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dream of the Green Goddess
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moonbird
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Deuteronomy XXXIII:14 / Joshua X:12
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Ships Ate the Sky Tour Single
2006
3.67 | 3 ratings
Inerrant Rays Of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder)
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Ship In The Underworld (with Sebastian Horsley)
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Ships Heat the Dancefloor
2007
4.50 | 6 ratings
Birth Canal Blues
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
Haunted Waves, Moving Graves
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Drank Honeysuckle Æons
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Suddenly The Living Are Dying
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Passenger Aleph In Name
2012
3.00 | 1 ratings
Purtle (with Nurse With Wound)
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Arose As Aleph, The Speller, The Killer
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Channel
2014

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 Soft Black Stars by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.42 | 15 ratings

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Soft Black Stars
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars Like the new age genre, neo folk might have existed before it was so named, at least from a lyrical perspective, but, while most bands so classified were influenced by the unlikely bedfellows of dark wave and acoustic folk, CURRENT 93 actually began as one of those industrialists. They remain one of the biggest names in the field, with a breadth of styles that might work against lesser artists. "Soft Black Stars" represents a genial foray into recited poetry over little more than piano and a few strings. Mastermind David Tibet has an affable voice for this purpose, and Michael Cashmore's piano accompaniment consists largely of fragments of melody of the sort that one might hear from a perfectionist student rushing through the exercises before this week's lesson. Somehow, this works brilliantly, the maudlin and ironic barely sung lyrics complementing the arrangements and adhering to the structure by a hair, and a fine strand it is. My favorite moment is probably this verse from "Mockingbird":

Some years ago
We had sat down and wept
With the sea in our ears
And seven cats on our laps
Whilst the books gathered dust
Unread and untrue
And you flicked through the letters
I could not bear to read

While most of the pieces are only as long as they need to be, the extended closer "Chewing on Shadows" shifts into ambient accompaniment, with a 3 minute poem recited over more diffuse instrumentation sandwiched within its quarter hour. I'm not sure exactly what to make of it except that I think it could have been shortened by half and still imparted the same effect without altering the feathery touch of the rest of the disk.

Unique within the widening diaspora of prog rock, "Soft Black Stars" is a gentle and exquisitely literate contribution from one of neo folk's brighter minds

 I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (A Channel) by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 8 ratings

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I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (A Channel)
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Ever since Michael Cashmore left the nimbus of musicians around David Tibet we call Current 93, the project's sound has drifted in the most fascinating manner. The last major release featuring Cashmore, Black Ships Ate the Sky, was a summary and capstone to the particular neofolk sound which had come to dominate their work during the Cashmore era, but was then followed up by excursions into doomy psychedelic rock and a reconfiguration of their neofolk sound which took in more recent trends in indie folk.

Now, believe it or not, on I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell the project goes folk-jazz. Inviting none other than John Zorn to provide jazzy saxophone contributions which really take the album out into territory hitherto never visited under the Current 93 umbrella. Excellent choices are made in guest vocalists too, with Anohni providing an achingly beautiful lead vocal on Mourned Winter Then and Nick Cave bringing proceedings to a magnificent close on I Could Not Shift the Shadow. It is, in short, another successful experiment which proves that there's life in the old project yet.

 Baalstorm, Sing Omega by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 7 ratings

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Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The third part of the trilogy that began with Black Ships Ate the Sky and continued through Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain returns to neofolk after the second album's diversion into psychedelic rock, but it's a rather different flavour of folk this time around, possibly because of the absence of Michael Cashmore who had been such a major presence from the early 1990s onwards in Current 93's folk-oriented works. A little more threadbare, a little more countrified, a little more keen on gentle harmony, pieces like Tanks of Flies in particular could pass as indie folk in the Iron and Wine sort of vein. An interesting stylistic shift.
 Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.89 | 9 ratings

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Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The second part of the trilogy that began with Black Ships At the Sky shifts startling away from the restatement of Current 93's neofolk sound on that album. David Tibet had collaborated before this on an EP with Om, a doom metal duo comprising former members of Sleep, and their influence seems to have spilled over here; this is not quite "Current 93 go stoner doom", but the sound here is louder and heavier and rooted more in psychedelic rock with noise rock influences than in their typical neofolk territory.

This is the project's first album for quite a while without Michael Cashmore onboard, which may explain the shift in style; of course, Current 93 has always been David Tibet and whoever he gets to play with him, but this time around it's a very unusual Current 93, with familiar faces like Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapledon rubbing shoulders with unlikely visitors like Andrew W.K. and porn star Sasha Grey, who is sneakily quite a keen industrial music fan.

The connecting thread, of course, through all of Current 93's works is David Tibet's idiosyncratic poetry, and by adding doomy psychedelia to his sound here he once again offers a fresh new light on his work. A real late-career surprise.

 And When Rome Falls by CURRENT 93 album cover Live, 2012
2.05 | 3 ratings

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And When Rome Falls
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This captures a live set performed, as the title implies, in Rome in late 2005 - shortly before the release of the Black Ships At the Sky album. Unfortunately, it's a rather flawed recording, sounding more like a rather good-quality audience tape rather than a recording direct from the sound board - David Tibet's vocals, in particular, suffer quite badly from this, and as a result it's a rather inferior live release, especially disappointing given that by this point their live albums had become true treats. The Birdsong In the Empire live album, though it is marred by a few audio issues of its own, comes from the same year and is miles better than this.
 Birdsong in the Empire by CURRENT 93 album cover Live, 2007
3.82 | 3 ratings

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Birdsong in the Empire
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is a live set from Current 93's June 2005 visit to Canada - a return engagement following the previous year's gigs as recorded on How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon. The set list is largely reconfigured this time, however, thanks in part to David Tibet and his collaborators (including special guest Bonnie "Prince" Billy) gearing up to bring together the project's landmark studio album of the mid-2000s, Black Ships At the Sky. The raucous version of the title track from here makes you feel like the Black Ships truly have come to consume our universe.

It's a very good live set, though unfortunately David Tibet's microphone cuts out at points, marring what would have been an excellent collection.

 How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon by CURRENT 93 album cover Live, 2005
4.16 | 6 ratings

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How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Following the format of the earlier live set, All Dolled Up Like Christ, How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon presents two live sets from Current 93 from subsequent nights of a live residency - in this case, their June 2004 gigs in Toronto. The sets here are rather quiet and sparse, though with occasional dissonant industrial intrusions, and generally present a similar take to the material as offered on the single-disc Halo. The quiet and calm of the Soft Black Stars album remains, to a large extent, the stylistic underpinning of the album, proving the north star around which the rest of the songs navigate. Decent, but the sets feel a bit overlong, though at least there is less redundancy from disc to disc this time.
 Halo by CURRENT 93 album cover Live, 2003
3.92 | 6 ratings

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Halo
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Don't let the Moody Blues tribute on the cover fool you - this isn't Current 93 going prog so much as a wild career- spanning live set ranging from their recent piano-focused torch song sound through their neofolk era to almost quasi- industrial moments. There's an amazingly emotive rendition of Sleep Has His House which transforms the epic ambient original into a concise neofolk statement of grief, there's occasional keyboard treatments and other sounds giving things a bit more of an industrial spin at times than we have been used to in post-1980s Current 93 live material, and in general it's a wild ride through all the different sonic spheres David Tibet and his allies have visited over the years.
 Live at the Teatro Ibérico, Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday 8 February 2003 by CURRENT 93 album cover Live, 2003
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Live at the Teatro Ibérico, Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday 8 February 2003
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars A decent live set given away free with an edition of the book England's Hidden Reverse, a study of the intertwined worlds of Coil, Current 93, and other pioneers of the esoteric side of the industrial scene. The set is split between numbers from Soft Black Stars, the instrumental accompaniment from Maja Elliot on piano capturing the sparse style of that album, and older numbers with Michael Cashmore giving a minimalistic guitar accompaniment which successfully transforms the songs so as to aesthetically fit into the Soft Black Stars mode. If you like this particular gentle side of Current 93's sound, then this is a pretty decent live set, though I wouldn't put it on the level of Some Soft Black Stars Seen Over London.
 Some Soft Black Stars Seen Over London by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
4.77 | 3 ratings

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Some Soft Black Stars Seen Over London
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars As the title of this live EP implies, the songs are all taken from Soft Black Stars - the renditions here performed in a couple of sets at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London in April 2001. The presentation is, instrumentally speaking, very true to the sparse "piano and very subtle backing violin" style of that album, but the live setting finds Tibet discovering new emotion within the songs, making this complement the parent album very well. Anohni of Anthony & the Johnsons fame provides haunting, spectral backing vocals on an excellent performance of A Gothic Love Song, which turns out to be one of the gems of the set.
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