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Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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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, HH 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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3.82 | 10 ratings
Dogs Blood Rising
1984
1.50 | 2 ratings
Meet Their Waterloo as Aryan Aquarians
1987
3.00 | 4 ratings
Dawn
1987
2.60 | 5 ratings
Swastikas for Noddy
1988
3.85 | 7 ratings
Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God
1989
3.07 | 5 ratings
Island
1991
4.24 | 12 ratings
Thunder Perfect Mind
1992
4.25 | 8 ratings
Of Ruine or Some Blazing Starre
1994
4.03 | 12 ratings
All the Pretty Little Horses
1996
3.33 | 3 ratings
In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land
1997
4.56 | 9 ratings
Soft Black Stars
1998
3.83 | 6 ratings
Sleep Has His House
2000
2.85 | 4 ratings
Faust
2000
1.00 | 2 ratings
The Great in the Small
2001
4.69 | 4 ratings
Bright Yellow Moon w/ Nurse with Wound
2001
2.00 | 1 ratings
Maldoror is Dead
2002
1.00 | 1 ratings
A Little Menstrual Night Music
2003
2.50 | 2 ratings
How He Loved the Moon (Moonsongs for Jhonn Balance)
2005
4.29 | 7 ratings
Black Ships Ate the Sky
2006
1.00 | 1 ratings
Black Ships Eat the Sky
2006
3.83 | 6 ratings
Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain
2009
1.00 | 1 ratings
Monohallucinatory Mountain
2009
4.00 | 6 ratings
Baalstorm, Sing Omega
2010
3.50 | 4 ratings
Honeysuckle ons
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
And When Rome Falls
2012
2.09 | 4 ratings
My Name Is Nearly All That's Left
2014
4.00 | 4 ratings
I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell: A Channel
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 | 2 ratings
Live at Bar Maldoror
1986
1.00 | 1 ratings
As the World Disappears...
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Frankfurt Sound Depot 24-03-1991 (with Death In June and Sol Invictus)
1992
3.00 | 1 ratings
Hitler as Kalki
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
All Dolled Up Like Christ
1999
1.00 | 1 ratings
Cats Drunk on Copper
2001
1.50 | 2 ratings
Who is the Sufferer?
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Saint Olave's Church (with Antony And The Johnsons)
2002
4.50 | 2 ratings
Halo
2003
1.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Teatro Ibrico, Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday 8 February 2003
2003
4.80 | 5 ratings
How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Birdsong in the Empire
2007
1.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Hotel Island, Reykjavk, 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 | 1 ratings
Live At Off Festival 2011, Katowice, Poland 4th August 2011
2011

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)

2.50 | 2 ratings
Christ and the Pale Queens Mighty in Sorrow
1988
4.50 | 2 ratings
Earth Covers Earth
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Emblems
1993
4.08 | 4 ratings
Horsey
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Calling for Vanished Faces
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Untitled (with Michael Cashmore and Christoph Heemann)
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
England's Hidden Reverse (with Nurse With Wound and Coil)
2003
4.00 | 2 ratings
SixSixSix: SickSickSick
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Judas as Black Moth
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Am Black Ship
2006
5.00 | 4 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)

1.00 | 1 ratings
Mi-Mort w/Nurse with Wound
1983
1.50 | 2 ratings
LAShTAL
1984
3.80 | 6 ratings
Nature Unveiled
1984
1.50 | 2 ratings
Nylon Coverin' Body Smotherin' w/ Nurse with Wound
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
No Hiding From The Blackbird / Burial Of The Stoned Sardine (with Nurse With Wound)
1984
2.50 | 2 ratings
In Menstrual Night
1985
3.00 | 2 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 fganna Milli
1987
3.00 | 2 ratings
Crowleymass w/ HH
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Augenblick #5 w/Nurse with Wound
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Red Face of God
1988
2.00 | 2 ratings
Faith's Favourites w/Nurse with Wound
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hourglass
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
She is Dead and all Fall Down / God has Three Faces and Wood has no Name
1989
4.64 | 5 ratings
Imperium
1989
0.00 | 0 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
3.00 | 1 ratings
Looney Runes
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
1888 w/Death in June
1991
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Nodding Folk
1993
4.80 | 5 ratings
Lucifer over London
1994
1.50 | 2 ratings
The Fire of the Mind
1994
4.50 | 2 ratings
Tamlin
1994
5.00 | 2 ratings
Where the Long Shadows Fall (BeforeTheInmostLight)
1994
5.00 | 2 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
4.00 | 3 ratings
A Gothic Love Song
1998
3.50 | 2 ratings
Misery Farm
1999
5.00 | 3 ratings
I Have a Special Plan for this World
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Immortal Bird / Cripple And The Starfish (with Antony And The Johnsons)
2000
3.50 | 2 ratings
This Degenerate Little Town
2001
0.00 | 0 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Some Soft Black Stars Seen Over London
2003
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Seahorse Rears to Oblivion
2003
5.00 | 3 ratings
Hypnagogue
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Niemandswasser
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Courtyard / Jerusalem
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Time Of The Last Persecution / Black Flowers, Please
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ntnau Nhtp Mpr Ahenju Eukm 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Ships Ate the Sky Tour Single
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Inerrant Rays Of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder)
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Ship In The Underworld (with Sebastian Horsley)
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Ships Heat the Dancefloor
2007
4.80 | 5 ratings
Birth Canal Blues
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
Haunted Waves, Moving Graves
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Drank Honeysuckle ons
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Suddenly The Living Are Dying
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Passenger Aleph In Name
2012
0.00 | 0 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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 My Name Is Nearly All That's Left by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.09 | 4 ratings

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My Name Is Nearly All That's Left
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Guldbamsen
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2 stars Mad Rambling Is Nearly All That's Left

I was expecting a deep pulsating void of stark black electronics and the apt David Tibet vocals to accompany such a thing. I wrap the cellophane from the album and proceed to whack it on my stereo. A vague tone of tape noise or something like a distant hint of a power-tool emerges and a ceremonial voice suddenly utters:

'I am the last of all the field that fell

The invisible church born in your mouth

Dreams pour into your condom'

"What?" I say, and listen even more intently as the following desolate observations are delivered in the best Edgar Allen Poe manner. The sort of cobwebs of the mind one often weaves in the wee hours of night, where black is black and every thought and imagery are solid dreams on this dark canvas.

That's how I imagine Tibet; lying in a dark damp studio made out of fog and old stones. He hasn't slept for days, and the darkness around him only heightens his senses - taking in all and everything without filter - spewing out horrible dreams from a poignant mind.

'Your children are my children'

That one really speaks to me, although it's followed by a train of sentences......perpetuating a dark lord Ginsberg in leather and black boots.

'Shall we - Can we execute?'

Perhaps, but let's leave it up to people with scores to settle.

'The sex of stars?'

I often wonder about that too.

'The salmon in high heels - the salamander in drag.....'

What were we talking about again? Oh yes the new Current 93 album 'My Name Is Nearly All That's Left'.....erm yeah well, this isn't so much an album as it is a spoken word performance akin to a dark preacherman's ramblings after a strange night of peyote and serrated thoughts. Let me put it this way: you'll be looking long and hard for any music on this baby! Hah! Churning elliptical drones is more like it. The voice towers everything.

Get this one if you're an English teacher looking for something wordy and poetic to scare the living daylights out of your first graders at Christmas. Get it if you're into stagnant universes - low calorie, low fat, low everything "music". Get it if you've always pondered what it would sound like had Bernard Marx decided to cut an album AFTER he'd lost his marbles. Get it if you're interested in things that others find repulsive. Get it and you're mad as moccasins.

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 Island by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.07 | 5 ratings

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Island
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars Frequently miserable and occasionally brilliant, 'Island' is quite unlike any other Current 93 album. This is mainly due to the fact that it is in fact a collaboration with with electronics whizz- kid Hilmar rn Hilmarsson. The production values on 'Island' are far better than any of their previous releases. A young Bjrk makes an early appearance which is a nice addition.

An ice cold recording that is less diabolical than it's satanic predecessors. At times it does get a bit silly and daft when you consider how overly serious it all sounds. The lyrics are, as usual, without hope - where man is destined to eternal damnation with no hope of re-birth. Portent of doom David Tibet makes sure of that. Still, most of them make no sense at all. It's all so abstract.

Quite frankly, the whole album can be quite upsetting if you're not in the right mood for it. It could quite easily put you in a complete downer for the whole day. It did to me when I listened to this and 'Imperium' back to back whilst cycling to work a few weeks ago.

Thankfully there are one or two moments that, whilst not being upbeat, certainly enliven proceedings. 'Crowleymass' is the perfect Christmas carol for anti-christs. Full of of references to Aleister Crowley and re-birth, it even has some electric guitars at work and is a good laugh to terrify employees at work.

'The Fall of Christopher Robin' is a classy little tune which has excellent lyrics and is executed with real malevolence by Tibet. This sounds bizzarely like the early 'Human League' with lots of heavy electronics, although the vocals give it it's own definite identity. Clearly influenced by the German legend of Faust - it's all about a wee boy who basically sells his soul to Beelzebub.

What was almost a four star recording has to be trimmed back to three simply because the first half hour made me thoroughly suicidal. Sometimes 'Island' is beautiful but it is mostly depressing. I used to love this kind of stuff when I was younger, but now at 42 I find it quite hard to take. I guess it's just a sign of getting older. Bah!

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 All the Pretty Little Horses by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.03 | 12 ratings

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All the Pretty Little Horses
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars Imbuing nursery rhymes with sinister musical, vocal and lyrical overtones, CURRENT 93's "All the Pretty Horses" is about as viscerally disturbing as broadly defined folk music can get. It's as if SPIROGYRA and THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND were stripped of their tenuous sanity layer by layer. I understand this band goes back to the early 1980s but leader David Tibet , a pioneer of industrial pop at the time, only turned to twisted folk after meeting early English pioneer SHIRLEY COLLINS in the 1990s. The result was nothing like her work, yet could never have existed without her influence.

Against all odds, some of this is shimmering in its beauty, even as you over clutch the edge of your seat until the stuffing extrudes. In particular, the short pieces that comprise the bulk of the tracks combine hypnotic and minimalist melodies with heavily enunciated barely sung words and sonorous acoustic guitar. Apart from the lullabye "All the Pretty Horses", "The Bloodbells Chime" is almost pure acoustic bliss with innocent if creepy cliches, while "The Inmost Light" begins to insert dissonant voices that add to the growing sense of foreboding. "The Frolic" is a much longer track that is in the vein of the brief experiments, just successfully elasticized, and with a macabre closing. Then again, "The Inmost Night" might be where Tibet could ease off the throttle. It's all well and good to be privy to the ruminations of a disturbed mind, but dementia?

The two climactic "epics" veer sharply towards post rock, particularly "Twilight Twilight", which fails to engage for more than a third of its considerable duration, while "The Inmost Light Itself" represents a continuation of "Inmost Light" but with considerably more overt vitriol. The album ends with a reprise of the title track and the ambient "Patripassian".

Just like the music herein, the album deliberately lacks balance. It's one that invites, nay, demands, at least rudimentary pangs of interpretation. Regardless, it erodes prior set points for progressive folk. I won't get on my high horse here but I'm pretty sure this intriguing if mildly flawed effort deserves a roundup.

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 Nature Unveiled by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
3.80 | 6 ratings

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Nature Unveiled
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by thellama73
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars For me, at least, religious horror has always been a special kind of terrifying. Films like The Omen and The Exorcist were always far more frightening than simpler tales of hook-handed serial killers or more aggressive than average sharks. The kind of existential fear that comes from the unknown and unknowable realm of gods and the afterlife, utilized so effectively by Lovecraft and his contemporaries, taps into a far deeper level of the human psyche than more the more immediate and comprehensible threats of bodily harm.

It is appropriate, then, for me to review one of Current 93's earliest efforts, a bleak and relentless patchwork of New Testament nightmares that could be described as an aural equivalent of the Book of Revelations. David Tibet, the creative force behind Current 93, has always had a fascination early Christianity and describes himself as a Gnostic, referring to the early sects of that religion that were shunned and quickly drummed out of existence by the Catholic Church in the first few centuries AD. Gnostic literature can get pretty wild, with a far greater penchant for the fantastic and otherworldly than the rest of the accepted Christian canon. Their somewhat darker outlook is perhaps understandable when one realizes that one of the central themes of Gnosticism is the idea of a wicked creator deity, the Demiurge (the Old Testament, vengeful God), who is separate from the pure and loving God of the New Testament.

With this little bit of backstory, we are at least a little more prepared for this noisy and disturbing record. A bed of sampled Gregorian chants floats eerily in the background, while discordant industrial noises clank and moan over them, punctuated by hellish growling and Tibet's strident vocals proclaiming that "Maldoror is dead" (a reference to Lautreamont's classic proto-surrealist, stream of consciousness novel that is itself quite unsettling.)

The album is broken up into two, side-long tracks, but it really sounds like a single piece of music. Tape manipulation stretches vocals out into deep bass groans. Christian themes are repeated throughout, with the title of side one referencing Golgotha, the place in which Christ was crucified. Although Nature Unveiled bears little resemblance musically to Current 93's later, folk-influenced work, thematically there is much in common, and the listener is always left feeling that the Apocalypse is just around the corner.

Towards the end of the album, the vocals fade away and are replaced by distant wailing and increasingly urgent sirens, a harbinger of imminent and inescapable doom. Then, suddenly, it's all over, the vision of the end of days complete.

Nature unveiled is a raw, powerful and extremely noisy record, and although Tibet and most of his collaborators drifted away from and ultimately rejected the "industrial" label, there is no doubt that this album remains one of the best and most effective examples of what industrial music was all about in the early eighties. Still, it will probably leave most people desperate to turn on all the lights and put on something a little more cheerful.

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 Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.85 | 7 ratings

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Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by thellama73
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars Current 93 is the name former Psychic TV member and all around weird guy David Tibet records under, assisted by whatever motley crew of UK underground musicians he can manage to round up that week, the most frequent of whom is Stephen Stapleton, of Nurse With Wound. This dark partnership has resulted in many, many fine albums, since both men are notoriously prolific and seem to have more than enough creativity to spill over onto guest appearances on other albums.

Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God is one such album in which Stapleton's presence in particularly felt. The whole thing is basically a remix/reworking of the 1987 album "Swastikas for Noddy" with some fresh recordings thrown in to liven the proceedings. The result is one of Current 93's most engaging records, that nicely bridges the gap between the band's violent, industrial past and its present tendency towards overly gentle folk meanderings. Tibet rambles on about his Gnostic faith enough to be interesting, but there also room for his other interests such as the sheer horrific creepiness of children's nursery rhymes and even a couple of cover tunes.

Tibet's voice is very unusual and his alternations between overly melodramatic whining (sometimes approaching outright crying) and gutteral growls take some getting used to, but if nothing else it's unique. Never fear though, there are a number of guest vocalists to round out the album, including John Balance (Coil) Rose MacDowell (Strawberry Switchblade) and the obligatory incomprehensible babbling of Boyd Rice (NON).

The tracks are mainly short and run the gamut of sounds from straight recitations with sound effects ("He Is Everywhere Nowhere") to traditional folk tunes with a sinister edge ("Oh Thou Coal Black Smith") to industrial stomp-rock ("Looney Runes") to nightmare inducing pastiches of music boxes and children singsonging lyrics about evil things that lurk in dark heart of the woods. There's even a Blue yster Cult (????) cover shoved in there!

For me, this is the Current 93 record that has everything: Beautiful melodies, religious themes, Halloween spookiness and most importantly a sense of surreal fun. Tibet has a tendency to be a rather serious chap, and it's a rare moment when he seems to be able to laugh at himself. Stapleton's sense of whimsy combined with Tibet's vision make Crooked Crosses a must have addition to any Current 93 collection.

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 Dogs Blood Rising by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.82 | 10 ratings

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Dogs Blood Rising
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Black blood

Sounding unlike anything else in Current 93's discography, Dogs Blood Rising throws the listener into a nightmarish jagged edge soundtrack. I've heard a lot of people talking about evil music - albums that are supposed to be frightening, and most of the time what you encounter are melancholic droopy atmospheres which are as horrifying as a pack of black poodles. Woof!

This debut though will have you reaching for the light-switch in no time. I know, I've had several nightmares due to it. I often use music in the mornings to pull me out of bed - setting the timer on my stereo, and then slowly and comfortably awake to the soothing gentle touch of patterned sound. Having forgot about the cd changer in my old stereo system, this particular album sometimes acted as substitute for an alarm clock, although I wouldn't in a million years consciously dream of using it as such. No way in hell! The music had a ninja like way of sneaking into my dreams - terrorising and haunting me like an evil shadow you can't escape. Each time, I woke up completely soaked in sweat with flashing black dots in front of my eyes - desperately trying to remind myself about reality, life and sunshine.

The music itself is void of bass and guitars, which does conjure up a distinctive high pitched atmosphere, that evokes images of ancient bottomless Gothic churches with huge black holes in them that stretch all the way down to the place where demons and darkness dwell. Instead the sound spectrum is filled with strange embryonic tape loops, crashing cymbals, whispering witches on the wind and most importantly David Tibet's demonic vocals.

It's strange to think that this album just might be the most religion saturated one inside an enormous discography, yet at the same time fulfilling the role of being the single most devilish, evil and frightening of the lot. David Tibet sounds like a man who's personally spent a couple of weeks dangling on a cross with rusty nails through his wrists before laying down the vocal tracks. Imagine an absurd mix of Prodigy's Keith Flint and the utmost vile and rusty black metal screeching cobbled together into one bone-chilling affair - and you're not that far off. Somewhere between incantations and mad unchecked warnings from a religious hermit - you'll find this startling man. With a lyrical content that puts forth the horror and madness of the biblical texts, he illustrates what man has become in order to contain the animal side of him - though always lurking in the back of our minds like burning white embers.

Whether you choose to look at the cold and lifeless ambiance of the music, that more than anything resembles a soldier's march through fields of death and mud - or you face towards the raging vocals of Tibet - the counter-pointing effect of religion and fear, God and hell, man and animal, -is always there. Drawn like a fly to a wound, the feel of this record is the omnipresent soulless and bottomless pit. It's frightening yes - dissonant at times also, but aside from all of these less than sympathetic characteristics of Dogs Blood Rising, you have to give the band some respect for putting such a record out in the midst of the 80s. There was literally nothing out there that sounded remotely like this, and even today I struggle to find any other album that frightens me the way this one does. It is that scary. Feels like a long strange kiss from Vlad the Impaler, while sniffing in the smell of burning wild flowers.

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 I Have a Special Plan for this World by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2000
5.00 | 3 ratings

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I Have a Special Plan for this World
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Dobermensch

5 stars A 22 minute E.P. which is worth every hard earned pobble-bead you ever made. The last and probably most disturbing recording by Current 93 who were supposedly well past their scariest by this point.

"I Have a Special Plan' is full of those sinister, throaty, stringy vocals by prophet of doom David Tibet, who speaks of some truly terrifying 'endgame' of some sort. Thankfully, this is entirely electronic, with some seriously messed up vocals at the forefront.

I still can't work out what it's all about, but something monstrous is clearly going down here. Speeches of Death and eternal Damnation are what spring to mind. The lyrics are by mental poet Thomas Ligotti who finds it amusing to use scary passages like "Consumate disaster where puppets turn to face the puppet master"

.All the while, dread laden keyboard chords are stretched out vastly heaping more layers of terror on the listener.

Incomprehensible digitally distorted vocals play stereo tennis with David Tibet's slabs of vocal doom which he carries out effortlessly like no-one else can. That nasally set of vocal cords are recognisable anywhere. The best thing about this incredibly strange track is that the vocals vocals gradually deteriorate and stretch into digital meltdown leaving the listener more confused, freaked out and vulnerable than you would have thought possible. Particularly the spooky outro which includes the terrifyingly warped - "the shining brainless beacon" I should point out that there are no drums or bass on this recording - so let that be a warning!

Honestly.... this is literally like listening to one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who has come to wipe out humanity...

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 Dawn by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.00 | 4 ratings

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Dawn
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars One of the creepier Current 93 recordings. Building quickly without beat to a cacophony of church bells, wailing guitar, sprinklings of piano and vocal help from John Balance of 'Coil' and Rose McDowall of 'Strawberry Switchblade'. Yeah - that's her - the sexy one in the polka dot dress from '84!

95% of right thinking people will detest this messy, anti christ abomination from hell. A looped vocal of Aleister Crowley during the second track adds an undeniable spookiness. David Tibet's vocals at this time were far more shouted than his later limp, dreary work and here they fit perfectly, sounding properly demonic and piercing, whilst being subjected to various filters, echo and delay.

This second track 'Maldoror Est Mort ' is a reworking from 'Nature Unveiled' from 1984. (which is wrongly listed as an E.P on the Archives).

At the end of the day I still find it uproariously funny that 'The Mamas and Papas - California Dreaming' somehow managed to find a way on to this seriously dain bramaged record.

Two good bonus tracks are included: 'A Day in Dogland' which mixes loud booming church organ with 'Green Sleeves' and 'The funeral March' mixed with chopped up and elongated religious vocals.

'Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus' is a condensed 'Maldoror Est Mort' played in reverse. Here you really expect goblins and faeries to creep in through your window as this strange and bewildering album comes to a close. Good stuff for those with a strong attraction to misanthropic music

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 Seven Seals (w/ Nature and Organization / Tiny Tim / Nurse With Wound) by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1996
5.00 | 2 ratings

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Seven Seals (w/ Nature and Organization / Tiny Tim / Nurse With Wound)
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by The Truth
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars Lots of people will look at this record and think that the lineup is too good to be true, and it almost is, these 19 minutes are practically pure sonic bliss. All four artists contributing live up to their expectations and while many will shove this off as being too comedic in nature, it's actually a very serious and beautiful record.

Louis Wain on the cover definitely makes the outside hypocritical of the inside as the music is dark and brooding, even the Tiny Tim track recorded over the phone has an eerie feel to it. Nature & Organization's track is perhaps the most light-hearted and even it has some dark overtones. Current 93's pieces are as apocalyptic as ever but who can deny their ability to entertain their audience with such a dark brand of folk music unlike anything I've ever heard. Nurse With Wound closes the album with electronic darkness and one gets the feeling that Tiny Tim's electronic voice has been completely overcome by electricity and that's what the NWW track is.

Heck, maybe there is no concept but why take the fun out of things!

In short, this is just a cool little release worth anyone's time. It may not appeal to those without ears but to others who are more fortunate, it certainly will.

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 Faust by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.85 | 4 ratings

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Faust
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars Current 93's 'Faust' is a bit of a return to form from a band that went off the rails for the best part of 10 years whilst dabbling in Neo-Folk. Similar to their first 'Aleister Crowley' recordings from the 80's, but this time it's softer but far, far clearer in sound and just as unsettling. This is a great one for playing in the dead of night, unless you're easily freaked.

'Faust' is almost entirely made up of multi layered whispering and human groaning creating a very creepy atmosphere indeed. This straight from the graveyard recording Is certainly helped by the hefty booklet which gives a running commentary to the sounds within. Hearing it without these notes is surprisingly dull after the initial spooky intro. Despite the seemingly repetitive nature of this recording it's quite easy to start hallucinating and believing you're catching snippets from the film 'The Others' - "I Hear Dead People"

Just one long track is all you get here, and you ain't gonna find guitars, drums or bass. Switch off the lights, stick a pair of headphones on and soak in some seriously bad vibes.

It's based around the rather effeminate and poncey looking Estonian - Eric 'Count von Stenbock' who wrote decadent and macabre fiction and poetry. Spending most of his life in England and garnering favourable comments from the esteemed HP Lovecraft in later years, Stenbock was something of an alcoholic and a serious opium fiend. He spent the last months of his short life with curtains drawn, while burning candles in front of the poet Shelley.

His death in 1895 is the kind of thing you'd expect from someone so eccentric. Waving a red hot poker at his stepfather, he stumbled and collapsed into his fireplace impaling himself with the spike! Great! - That's the kind of background story I like to my music! But stranger still, his heart was extracted and sent to his Estonian homeland where his rich beyond our wildest dreams family originated. Brrrrrr! Scary biscuits!

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