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Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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Current 93 biography
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.

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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
2.09 | 4 ratings
The Aryan Aquarians: Meet Their Waterloo
1987
2.58 | 7 ratings
Dawn
1987
3.81 | 8 ratings
Swastikas For Noddy
1988
3.96 | 11 ratings
Crooked Crosses For The Nodding God
1989
3.07 | 8 ratings
Current 93 & HÖH: Island
1991
4.52 | 18 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
4.26 | 14 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 | 8 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
2.16 | 6 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
2.13 | 4 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
2.50 | 2 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 | 2 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
3.42 | 5 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
1.00 | 1 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
3.00 | 1 ratings
Ntnau Nhôtp Mprê Ahenjêu Eukêm Ouem Tpe
2005
3.00 | 1 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

CURRENT 93 Reviews


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 Untitled (with Michael Cashmore and Christoph Heemann) by CURRENT 93 album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1999
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Untitled (with Michael Cashmore and Christoph Heemann)
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by TCat
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4 stars This is a collection of outtakes and alternative versions of music mostly from two Current 93 albums; 'All the Pretty Little Horses' and 'Soft Black Stars'. Three of the Current 93 tracks on here are from an unfinished album. The alternative versions from the first named album are mostly acoustic guitar and very folky, where the versions from the latter album are piano ballads. The Current 93 tracks are all sung by David Tibet using his speaking/sing-song style vocals.

There are also 3 tracks performed by Michael Cashmore and 2 from Christoph Heeman. These 5 tracks are based on other Current 93 songs.

It all starts off with 'An Introduction to Suffering' originally from 'Soft Black Stars', a solo piano prelude. The next three tracks are taken from 'All the Pretty Horses', beginning with the traditional lullaby 'All the Pretty Little Horses' which is a very nice rendition and Tibet's style does it complete justice making you hear this song unlike never before. 'Calling for Vanished Faces' is more complex and inaccessible, but also more progressive. Tibet's voice is a bit harder to digest here as he becomes a little intense. 'The Cat is Dead' has a combination of acoustic guitar and piano and Tibet's vocals are more melodic. It's a nice ballad.

Michael Cashmore then plays a short acoustic guitar solo, the first of his 'Untitled' pieces. It is very tranquil and nice. David Tibet then returns for the spoken word vocal of 'In an English Garden' with a subdued atmospheric background. This track is from the unfinished album. Then we have another short Cashmore interlude, the 2nd 'Untitled' piece. The order of these tracks make this into a nice little pastoral suite.

Next is Current 93's 'The Flower is RedRobed', another track from the unfinished album. This is another spoken word track of Tibet's take on poetry. The background music is more experimental this time around, but the recitation is a little emotion-less especially compared to the dissonant and abrasive background.

Michael Cashmore makes his last solo appearance on the album, but he still participates with the more ensemble style Current 93 tracks. This is his longest solo at over 5 minutes entitled 'A Silence Song, Silent'. It is Cashmore's rendition of a Current 93 track. This is mostly acoustic guitar but also fleshed out to include a melodic accordion, piano and chimes. This is followed by another unreleased, but very short Current 93 track 'Et In Arcadia Est'. Again, this is spoken word with electronic background textures.

Tibet continues, this time singing/speaking with a lovely solo piano accompaniment with the alternative version of 'Moonlight, or Other Dreams, or Other Fields' from 'Soft Black Stars'. This is followed by the 9 minute variation of 'Judas as Black Moth' also from the same album. Again, we have solo piano, which gives us a long, pensive introduction. Several minutes into the track, Tibet begins a spoken verse. The recitation is much better this time with more inflection, but it is rather dark with a strand of hope running through it.

After this, we close the album with the 2 Christoph Heeman tracks. First off is a 12 minute track 'Lazy Moon, Part I', which is an extended remix of sorts of Current 93's b-side 'Moon: Page 209, Twenty Two Eighteen Now'. It is an experimental track featuring an electronic drone and various field recordings and noises. The drone doesn't come in until a little over a minute and only has slight variations that you have to listen extra closely to hear. It intensifies very slowly, that you might not even notice, and deep down in the mix, you hear a lot of textures that are dissonant at times, and harmonic at others. Listen close and you can hear Tibet playing the Hurdy Gurdy. There is also a violin and an organ mixed in there. As it intensifies, it gets lower, almost sounding like an airplane drone as it flies overhead. The drone diminishes to almost nothing, with other electronic textures staying ambient. Then it intensifies again as the pitch lowers.

'Lazy Moon, Part II' fades in with drone elements from 'Soft Black Stars', field recordings and electronic textures. This has a more spacial feel to it with the echoing effects. You can hear an organ playing sustained notes with a slowly oscillating volume like you can hear it in the distance being carried by the breeze. It becomes quite ambient towards the end with some beautiful sounds and textures.

You get quite an eclectic collection of outtakes and alternative version in this set of tracks. Most of the album is acoustic and folk. But you get electronic treatments and experimentation too. Overall, it is quite pastoral and peaceful, but there are many unsettling moments in there also. I really enjoy the variation among the tracks, and the acoustic parts have enough change among the instruments, that it seldom becomes boring. Even though this is a hodgepodge of tracks, it actually feels like it all belongs together. It is defiantly better than 3 star material, though some may think the drones last too long, but if you really listen, there are a lot of layers and movement there. It's also a good mix of flavors from these artists, especially Current 93. I have no problem kicking this up to a 4 star rating.

 Black Ships Ate The Sky by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.26 | 14 ratings

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Black Ships Ate The Sky
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars "Black Ships Ate the Sky" is a highlight in the discography of David Tibet's dark folk project "Current 93". The concept of the album is based around another of Tibet's visions, or dreams, where he saw black ships floating in the sky in preparation of the arrival of the final Caesar and the second coming of Christ. One of Tibet's favorite topics is the apocalypse, and he doesn't shy away from it in this album.

However, this mostly acoustic album is full of surprises and guest vocalists. The first interesting thing that distinguishes this album from the many other Current 93 albums is the appearance of the Charles Wesley poem "Idumea" not just once, but 8 different and distinct times through the 21 tracks on this album. Each version of the poem is sung by different singers and each version is completely different from the other. Among the vocalists taking turns on this poem are Marc Almond from "Soft Cell", Antony from "Antony and the Johnsons", indie-folk singer Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Clodaugh Simonds from "Fovea Hex", "Mellow Candle", and several Michael Oldfield albums, and Shirley Collins among others. The use of these various artists breath life and variety into the overall album, and, interestingly enough, the use and re-use of this poem never gets tiring. In fact they help break up the crazed vocals of Tibet.

As far as the other tracks on the album, most are sung by Tibet. When I say sung, though, I really mean narrate/sung. Tibet's vocals are very clear this time around, which is not always the case on other albums. These other tracks feature Tibet's narration/sing-song vocals backed by acoustic guitar and violin in most cases, and other processed keyboards and at times, strange and eerie sounds from different sources. Most of these tracks are mellow and acoustic, but some are quite intense as Tibet's lyrics and vocals become more frantic at times. You get quite a variety of beautiful and also scathing tracks. Interspersed among these tracks are the different versions of "Idumea" but also other tracks that are sung by other artists.

Most of the tracks are short, usually around the 3 ? 4 minute mark, except for one track "Black Ships Were Sinking Into Idumea" which passes the 11 minute mark. This one is not listed as such, but is actually a 2 part track, the first half being Tibet in his most frantic voice which turns quite chaotic before it goes into the second part being a minimal section with the soft vocals of Cosey Fanni Tutti.

Since most of the tracks are acoustic, having the guest vocalists contribute to variety and dynamic of the album. Overall, the feeling is quite minimal as far as instrumentation goes and there is hardly any percussion present on any of the tracks. This solidifies "Current 93"s foothold in the prog-folk genre. On their earlier albums, the project was not yet sure about which path they wanted to follow, so at times, you got some very heavy and loud Post black metal sounding tracks, but as time went on, it became more folk oriented. But, in actuality, you never really know what to expect from this neo-folk project. It pretty much was decided by Tibet's whimsy.

This music is not for everybody, that is for sure. Yes it is prog folk, for the most part, but there are always elements of avant- prog throughout the music. The music is dark, and it is often dissonant and disturbing. This album is no exception. There are many times things can get intense and noisy. This is not your Father's folk. It is daring and it is unsettling. It is also innovative. It is completely driven by a mix of folk and prog elements. It is music I really enjoy, at least when it is at its best like in this album. Some of their albums are not as good, but this one is definitely the one album you should check out in their discography just to see if it is for you. Just know that it is both very beautiful and very dissonant in other parts. Easily one of Current 93's best and also worth every star possible.

 Baalstorm, Sing Omega by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 8 ratings

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Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This album is the 3rd in a series of albums by Current 93 and the only original member, David Tibet. The series deal with Tibet's revelations. Where many of Current 93's albums seem to have been adding more electric guitar, this album strips things back to the basics using more folk style instruments and sounds that are influenced by Middle Eastern sounds. Even with a more stripped back sound though, this album is still very dark and apocalyptic.

"I Dreamt I Was Aeon" starts of with a piano solo and a dreamy organ starts swirling around. Tibet's chanting/singing vocals have a mysterious air to them. Strings soon join in, replacing the piano, violin and cello. The vocals can be a little annoying if you aren't used to them, especially when they aren't covered up by other layers of sound. They will grow on you, and seem very appropriate to the style of music. The feel and sound of the track remains consistent throughout.

"With Flowers in the Garden of Fires" introduces percussion, ord and a middle eastern flair. For the most part, the vocal melody consists of two notes with a little bit of variation, and continues that chanting/singing combination. "December 1971" is driven by the strings with Tibet's more gravelly vocals. Throughout the tracks, you will have noticed a child's sing-song voice in the background appearing from time to time. The vocals are quite expressive here, and in this case, have an avant-prog style to them, as the vocal melody acts as a dissonant counterpoint to the stings accompaniment.

Tibet's voice is becoming more of a singing/speaking tone as he narrates in "Baalstorm! Baalstorm!" The melody here is more of a improvisation utilizing notes to express and emphasize words. This is all accompanied by a drone and a piano, with some guitar electronic accompaniment providing minimalistic texture. Intensity builds more in Tibet's voice than in the actual accompaniment as he becomes more frantic. The heaviness of the vocals here can make this track a little hard to listen to, but you can also get lost in the lyrics, as they are quite important to this track.

In contrast to this, the next track, "Passenger Aleph in Name" is not frantic, but more peaceful. A glockenspiel calms the overall atmosphere of the album with Tibet in a calmer and more melodic vocal. An acoustic guitar also adds to the melodic sound of this track. "Tanks of Flies" continues with the calm atmosphere invoked from the previous track. Tibet continues with a very melodic track here. The ord is quite apparent in this track and a plucked riff combined by acoustic guitar keeps the feel calm and serene.

"The Nudes Lift Shields for War" features the glockenspiel again, and it provides more of a direction for this track. Acoustic guitar also accompanies Tibet's storytelling lyrics. We return to that narrating/singing style again here, with Tibet using inflection and emphasis where needed with higher notes and dynamics in his improvised singing. Intensity builds somewhat here, but the glockenspiel keeps the track anchored. "Night! Death! Storm! Omega!" utilizes a folkish drumming pattern and a more chaotic approach in the vocals, accompanied by the ord. This one is has a distinct mid-east feel. Vocals fade in and out on this one and they are layered with different lyrics providing counterpoint and giving that chaotic feel. Again children's voices shout out in different places.

"I Dance Narcopleptic" is the final track and also the longest track at over 10 minutes. It starts out with spoken vocals by Tibet and electronic textures. This track is very dramatic, with inflection used more than melody and children's voices shouting out throughout. Sounds of waves, storms and etc accompany throughout. Again, we get that Avant-folk feel here as it has a distinct improvised feeling, becoming more frantic and dramatic as the intensity builds as the track continues. Sounds, instruments and textures swirl and increase in volume along with Tibet's expressive narration. It's easy to let yourself get caught up in the intensity of this track. At 5:45, all sounds suddenly drop off and there is mostly silence until the 9 minute mark when the sound of waves fade in and Tibet sings a nice melody accompanied by acoustic guitar and the waves almost drowning him out.

This is a very dramatic and expressive album from Tibet and Co. Yes his narration/singing might be harsh to some people, but it is evident that it is exactly the feeling needed for this album. A good part of the album is far from the traditional rock music experience meaning that it has that authentic folk sound all the way through, but even this varies as Tibet's compositions approach an artsy feel that at times make you think you are listening to avant-folk-prog. The only complaint I have is that there are so many lyrics, that they tend to get tedious after a while, even with the inflection used in Tibet's vocals, and that can make the entire album hard to listen to. But other than that, this is an excellent example of Neo-folk Prog. Just be ready for some interesting moods and textures with this one.

 Augenblick #5 w/Nurse with Wound by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1988
1.00 | 1 ratings

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Augenblick #5 w/Nurse with Wound
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
1 stars This is one of the several splits that "Current 93" did with "Nurse with Wound". It features 2 unreleased (at the time anyway) tracks and was only available with the Augenblick Magazine #5 (spring, 1988 issue). Only 1000 were issued and they were hand numbered.

The A side is the Nurse with Wound track "Scrambled Egg Rebellion in the Smegma Department". It has some discordant metallic sounds with what sounds like processed vocal sounds, it is very eerie sounding. It has no melody, it's just a dark and atmospheric track, very short.

The B side is the Current 93 track "Time Stands Still". This one consists of a melodic, whispered singing voice with a spoken word voice, with a folksy violin playing a lilting melody behind it all. The track is pretty much your basic Current 93 with it's experimental folk sound. This one lasts 3 minutes, so the entire playing time is 5 minutes.

This is definitely not looking for unless you are a completionist. Otherwise, it's not worth the trouble.

 The Aryan Aquarians: Meet Their Waterloo by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1987
2.09 | 4 ratings

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The Aryan Aquarians: Meet Their Waterloo
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This album was supposed to be a joke. David Tibet, the one constant with the band Current 93, traveled to Belgium and hooked up with some people with the same "beliefs" that he had. They brought in plenty of alcohol and drugs, and came up with this album. David actually apologized to fans that bought this record saying that we was sorry it was such a poor album. He says he remembers very little about the recording of the album, because he was so high and that somebody else had control over everything, all he had to do was sing for a few of the tracks. Hilmarsson, who was also involved with the project, said that they sat around talking about some of the best rock bands, and then decided to create an album "replete with pompous songtitles and bogus mysticism".

So, this isn't a Current 93 album, per se, but it is attributed to the band because of David Tibet's involvement. You can't really say whether it's in Current 93's style, because their style is always changing. The only things constant about the band is David Tibet and usually the subject matter, which has to do with mysticism and the like. The album is 32 minutes long, so it's closer to an EP than a full album.

"Cry Cry Cry", starts out with shouting from the band members, then a constant repeating start/stop rhythm and some atmospheric keyboards and guitar. Tibet then sings some ridiculous lyrics, though the vocals themselves aren't too annoying, they sound quite typical of Tibet. The percussion follows the same pattern throughout, and the general sound doesn't change much.

"My Secret Gardener" features lead vocals with Niki Mono. The feel of the track is a jazz/swing style with a country flair with nice vocals, some sung, some spoken. Again, the lyrics are sarcastic and silly.

The third track is "Bugs Bunny at Waterloo". Again you get a repeating beat that almost sounds programmed, but it's not. There are a lot of "orchestra hits" done by the syths, and a guitar improvising on top of it all. The melody has a mid-eastern mystical feel to it with the crazy background going on behind it. After a while, keyboards take over the melody with the guitar playing sustained notes, and then the original pattern returns. This is all instrumental and probably lies somewhere between krautrock and space rock with those silly "synth hits" going on.

"Dangerous" starts out in a wandering way with the band saying "Dangerous" in a monotone over and over. Soon a straightforward beat comes along and then everyone starts mumbling at the same time, saying completely different things. The only time they come together is to repeat the track title. The guitar has a nice lilt to it, but the song is quite ridiculous and goes absolutely nowhere until someone starts screaming out at the end.

"Desperado" is an instrumental and sounds almost like an old James Bond song with a straightforward rhythm and a strong bass line. The keyboards have that mysterious sound to them, but they sound dated.

"The Aryan Aquarians' Theme" is actually quite funny on the first listen and you hear exactly what they meant when they said "bogus mysticism". It sounds like they were making fun of the mysticism movement of the late 60s, early 70s when everyone thought they were on some kind of spiritual journey. This is very "Jefferson Airplane" sounding, but working as sarcasm instead of "seriousness". At least I hope so, because if this is serious, then it's really, really bad.

Like I said, Tibet apologized for this album. Yeah, it's kind of funny in one listen, because of the fun they are poking at the spiritual hippy movements, but it wears out quite quickly. For the most part, the songs don't really go anywhere once they start up, they just establish a rhythm and then expand on it quickly and then waste time for the rest of the track. I wouldn't bother with it much, it's not easy to find, and should only appeal to completionists or collectors.

 LAShTAL by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
3.42 | 5 ratings

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LAShTAL
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars Technically the second release by David Tibet's CURRENT 93 as the first one was a split called "Mi-Mort" with Nurse With Wound, although Tibet only carried one of the four tracks so for my money, i'd call the LASHTAL EP the true debut. While CURRENT 93 has become known for their unique take on progressive neofolk, in the beginning they very much in the industrial ritual ambient world. This one was only released as a vinyl 12" in the 80s and has pretty much fallen into obscurity, dwarfed by CURRENT 93's prolific canon.

Straight out of Nurse With Wound and Psychic TV, Tibet's solo project which he called CURRENT 93 was a collective that was designed to focus on Tibet's obsessions, such as Christianity and Thelema, the organization started by Aleister Crowley and the earliest sounds of CURRENT 93 are constructed to honor the ritualistic sex magic that was a part of his practices. The electro-industrial pioneers Coil also sprang from this same wellspring of early experimental artists and John Balance participated in this EP and other the early dark tribal ambient albums of CURRENT 93. Fritz Hääman of 23 Skidoo is on this one.

LASHTAL (or more stylistically written LAShTAL) is a short mini-EP that only consists of three short tracks. The title track is a startling noisy affair with a screeching something beginning the chilling blood curdling-fest that continuously morphs into a collage effect of tribal drumming, ambient synthesizers, nonsensical or at least unintelligible vocal conversations and shrill noise loops that jump in and out of the scene. This particular track sounds a lot like what Coil would utilize on their freaked out noise trips so i would suspect that John Balance was the main mastermind behind this one.

"Salt" also enters a screeching noise and what follows is similar to the title track. A steady tribal drumbeat and some ambient noise. There is a faint flute in the background and more devilish vocalizations that occasional jump in. Although much like the title track, a little colder and detached with a collage effect of noise, disparate musical scatterings and the shrill industrial loop that pierces the soul like an ice pick.

"Caresse" is a detached drone noise and some "chirping" sounds with some irregular percussive beats. A random detached feel brings a darkened chamber devoid of hope to mind. Cold and sparse like the farthest reaches of space. LASHTAL is more like a 90s Coil album than what CURRENT 93 would become and not as sophisticated as the industrial collage soundscapes created on "Nature Revealed" or "Dogs Blood Rising" but certainly an entertaining listen if you are interested in the connecting material from Tibet's Psychic TV and Nurse With Wound days to his own CURRENT 93 project.

 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 | 8 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.

Thanks to ClemofNazareth for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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