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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, 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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4.21 | 11 ratings
Nature Unveiled
1984
3.87 | 13 ratings
Dogs Blood Rising
1984
1.50 | 2 ratings
Meet Their Waterloo as Aryan Aquarians
1987
3.00 | 5 ratings
Dawn
1987
3.17 | 6 ratings
Swastikas for Noddy
1988
3.89 | 8 ratings
Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God
1989
3.08 | 6 ratings
Island
1991
4.61 | 13 ratings
Thunder Perfect Mind
1992
4.11 | 9 ratings
Of Ruine or Some Blazing Starre
1994
4.06 | 13 ratings
All the Pretty Little Horses
1996
3.50 | 4 ratings
In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land
1997
4.50 | 10 ratings
Soft Black Stars
1998
3.86 | 7 ratings
Sleep Has His House
2000
2.96 | 4 ratings
Faust
2000
1.33 | 3 ratings
The Great in the Small
2001
4.57 | 5 ratings
Bright Yellow Moon w/ Nurse with Wound
2001
2.00 | 1 ratings
Maldoror is Dead
2002
2.00 | 1 ratings
A Little Menstrual Night Music
2003
2.50 | 2 ratings
How He Loved the Moon (Moonsongs for Jhonn Balance)
2005
3.81 | 12 ratings
Black Ships Ate the Sky
2006
1.00 | 1 ratings
Black Ships Eat the Sky
2006
3.63 | 8 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 Æons
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
And When Rome Falls
2012
2.09 | 4 ratings
My Name Is Nearly All That's Left
2014
3.71 | 7 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 | 4 ratings
Live at Bar Maldoror
1986
4.00 | 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
3.50 | 2 ratings
Hitler as Kalki
1993
5.00 | 1 ratings
All Dolled Up Like Christ
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Cats Drunk on Copper
2001
1.50 | 2 ratings
Who is the Sufferer?
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Saint Olave's Church (with Antony And The Johnsons)
2002
4.33 | 3 ratings
Halo
2003
1.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Teatro Ibérico, Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday 8 February 2003
2003
4.80 | 5 ratings
How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon
2005
3.00 | 1 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

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)

3.00 | 4 ratings
Christ and the Pale Queens Mighty in Sorrow
1988
4.33 | 3 ratings
Earth Covers Earth
1988
3.00 | 1 ratings
Emblems
1993
4.00 | 4 ratings
Horsey
1997
4.00 | 1 ratings
Calling for Vanished Faces
1999
4.00 | 1 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
5.00 | 1 ratings
Judas as Black Moth
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
I Am Black Ship
2006
5.00 | 5 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 | 1 ratings
Mi-Mort w/Nurse with Wound
1983
3.91 | 3 ratings
LAShTAL
1984
1.50 | 2 ratings
Nylon Coverin' Body Smotherin' w/ Nurse with Wound
1984
3.50 | 2 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 | 2 ratings
Crowleymass w/ HÖH
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Augenblick #5 w/Nurse with Wound
1988
2.00 | 1 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
3.00 | 1 ratings
She is Dead and all Fall Down / God has Three Faces and Wood has no Name
1989
4.60 | 6 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
4.80 | 5 ratings
Lucifer over London
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Fire of the Mind
1994
4.50 | 2 ratings
Tamlin
1994
4.67 | 3 ratings
Where the Long Shadows Fall (BeforeTheInmostLight)
1994
4.00 | 3 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
4.87 | 4 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
4.00 | 1 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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 In Menstrual Night by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1985
3.95 | 3 ratings

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In Menstrual Night
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Originally released as a very limited-edition album indeed, In Menstrual Night follows the "two sidelong tracks of industrial-ambient spookiness" format of Nature Unveiled. Steven Stapledon of Nurse With Wound had been working closely with David Tibet on Current 93 from the start, but this album is effectively a full collaboration in all but name, fusing together two different concepts.

Tibet had the idea of exploring the question of where dreams go where they die; Stapledon was inspired by the idea of voices and sounds heard in a hospital after dark. The distinction between these ideas is evident in the different styles of the tracks; Sucking Up Souls consists largely of a mass of vocal samples looped so as to use the voices themselves to make the texture of the soundscape, whilst To Feed the Moon has its samples chugging away at the edge of perception underneath a hypnotic, thunderous percussion - it isn't quite "Current 93/Nurse With Wound go Krautrock", but it edges in that direction. An interesting and worthwhile experiment.

 Dogs Blood Rising by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.87 | 13 ratings

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Dogs Blood Rising
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars David Tibet followed up the epochal Nature Unveiled with this attempt to craft the early Current 93 sound into things resembling songs. A quirky range of influences is unveiled, with T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land being one of them (little voices interject here and there with bits of the poem or other similar-sounding phrases, much like the poem itself is written to suggest a babble of different voices speaking) and from a more unexpected direction, Simon & Garfunkel. (Specifically, "St. Peters Keys All Bloody" is an avant-industrial cover of "Sound of Silence".)

The centrepiece of the album is Falling Back In Fields of Rape, a prose-poem set to a dark industrial backing first recited by Steve Ignorant of anarcho-punk band Crass before we hear it recited by a child. A catalogue of horrors inflicted during wartime and dictatorship of all flavours ("fields of rape" being a double meaning for the rape-seed crop and... well. you've probably guessed the other meaning), the composition is a major thematic keystone of David Tibet's work, with snippets of the text appearing elsewhere in his work frequently. A portion of the lyrics became the words to a very different rendition from Death In June on the Nada! album, for instance, and the repeated refrain "In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land" (which far from distancing us from the atrocities makes us question whether they are really that foreign) would lend its name to a collaboration with famed horror author Thomas Ligotti over a decade later.

Whilst not quite the unflinchingly uncompromising vision that Nature Unveiled was, Dogs Blood Rising is still very dark territory indeed, but one which needs to be explored by those who wish to really unpick what was going on with David Tibet in the early 1980s.

 Nature Unveiled by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.21 | 11 ratings

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Nature Unveiled
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This debut album from Current 93 takes the early experiments in ritual ambient suggested on the LAShTAL EP and extends them into two horrifying side-long pieces. Some subsequent reissues clutter the album up with bonus tracks from various auxiliary releases, but let's make no mistake - it's the two epic numbers which truly make this album the groundbreaking work of horror-ambient that it is.

Mingling influences ranging from Crowley's Thelemic occult system to The Exorcist to the Comte de Lautréamont's sinister meditation Les Chants de Maldoror to David Tibet's highly personal take on mystical Christianity, it's a nightmare journey through the back alleys of culture with a musical backing heavily influenced by the work of Nurse With Wound (whose principle contributors appear here) but lent a particular cohesiveness thanks to David Tibet's singular musical vision.

 LAShTAL by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
3.91 | 3 ratings

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LAShTAL
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This early Current 93 EP captures some of David Tibet's earliest work under the name, recorded in 1982 just as he was emerging from the shadow of Psychic TV. With John Balance of Coil helping out, Tibet crafts a strange tribal ambient atmosphere with snarling industrial electronics rarely far away. The overall is of a secret recording made of a strange ritual performed somewhere in an abandoned factory. It is a brief but intriguing statement of intent which puts Tibet's mystical interests at front and centre and derives ample musical inspiration from them. Thrifty collectors may wish to be aware that two of the three tracks where tacked onto some CD editions of Nature Unveiled as bonus tracks.
 Thunder Perfect Mind by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.61 | 13 ratings

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Thunder Perfect Mind
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
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5 stars David Tibet of Current 93 is an artist prone to passing fixations which, for their duration, entirely permeate his work, and also is very open to collaborating with a wide variety of people. In the mid-to-late 1980s this almost took Current 93 down a very dark road, due to Tibet aligning with elements in the neofolk scene such as Douglas Pierce of Death In June, a man who if he isn't actually a neo-Nazi of a Strasserist, Ernst Rohm-supporting bent has done such a good job of masquerading as one it rather amounts to the same thing.

On Thunder Perfect Mind, however, his art turns in a more personal and reflective direction, revolving around his mystical conception of reality and firmly rebuking fascism such as on Hitler as Kalki (SDM), a song which takes a concept from mystical fascism and uses it to frame Hitler as the enemy of the cosmic pantheist sort of Christ that Tibet tends to support (and a song which is dedicated to his father, who fought Hitler in World War II). Even more cutting is the lament A Song for Douglas After He's Dead, a premortem eulogy for Doug Pierce whose message essentially boils down to "Douglas, I love you as a friend, but your obsession with Naziism has completely taken you over and you've hitched yourself to a bunch of ideas which have comprehensively failed".

Tibet marries his powerful lyrics to a powerfully melancholic neofolk style which slowly and gradually acquires more complexities and progressive twists as the album progresses, like a philosophical discourse in music which begins with simple axioms and then builds something greater and greater on that foundation, with Hitler as Kalki as the summit of that exploration (with A Sad Sadness Song/An Ending as an epilogue).

Tibet's lack of discretion in his choice of collaborators made me wary of his work for a while; I am inclined to agree with Strelnikiov of the Who Makes the Nazis? blog (a useful resource tracking the rise of fascist elements in the neofolk and martial industrial scenes) that rather than being an actual fascist himself Tibet is more "part naif, part charlatan and part public schoolboy narcissist" - but somehow he is able to create art which exceeds the sum of his parts.

 Nature Unveiled by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.21 | 11 ratings

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Nature Unveiled
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by buddyblueyes

4 stars Call a priest and pray whatever demon just entered your body can be exorcised!

I remember waking out of my sleep at night as a child. I was deep under the sheets and I made a slight peep hole out of the covers so just my one eye could see into the bedroom, pointed at the door where a ghastly nightlight hesitantly illuminated into my room ever-so-slightly. I stared deep at that light, quiet and alone waiting for the prospect of sleep. I shut my eyes, briefly hoping I could get carried off into some Neil Gaiman wonderland. After a few moments I knew sleep would not come so I opened my eyes. Staring back at me was an eyeball! It blinked once. That's all it took. I pulled the peep-hole down and slid my head under the pillow. I started shaking and sweating. This was my first experience I remember with deep, deep fear.

The second was watching The Exorcist in the basement of my parents house alone. They went off to enjoy a New Year's Eve Party. I had to stop the movie three times and call my friend to distract me from the utter fear I was feeling every time the priest got ready to enter that room.

Later, I grew to love the horror genre. A diet of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw, The Thing, The Hills Have Eyes, Fright Night, Night Of The Demons, Return Of The Living Dead and many classic horror movies of the 80's were consumed.

Current 93's Nature Unveiled is probably the scariest thing I've heard in music. Goblin's Suspiria is a distant second. Nature Unveiled probes undisciplined sonic exploration. Weird percussive sounds, strangely engineered pyschobabble, and haunting chaos is in abundance. It's a soundtrack for whatever masterpiece Dario Argento felt wasn't ready to be released into the world. Check it out at your own peril.

 Live at Bar Maldoror by CURRENT 93 album cover Live, 1986
3.00 | 4 ratings

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Live at Bar Maldoror
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

3 stars There's no such place as 'Bar Maldoror'' and it's not live. These are in fact prototype recordings from 1983 from the 'Mi-Mort' session which would eventually morph and improve into the mighty 'Nature Unveiled' recording. More than likely it's an 'in the studio' recording, an early experiment laying foundations for greater things to come.

Annoyingly my 'Durtro' CD has scratchy old vinyl 'snap, crackle and pop' present. How on earth did we cope before the advent of the compact disc? No attempt has been made to remove surface noise. Yet, because of the nature of these sounds it doesn't detract too much.

'Live at Bar Maldoror' sounds like the tormented dead souls of people crying in frustration at being unable to die in peace. It's another of those Apocalyptic and eerie albums that Current 93 were masters at creating in the mid eighties. Dark, bleak and swirling in a thick Victorian fog. It's all very malevolent in that 'Gregorian Hell' vibe that they captured, like lightning in a bottle.

All sounds are loop-tastic swirling around like a whirling dervish where David Tibet spouts his demonic venom and vitriol on this first recorded release by his Current 93 moniker. It's really no wonder they never hit the big time. This is music for a very small audience, most of whom are going straight to hell.

400 years ago David Tibet would have been hung, drawn and quartered for such a blasphemous sound. No, seriously, King James the 1st would have had him on the torture rack stretching his little body to breaking point demanding confession.

It's all entertaining stuff though, despite the crumby recording quality. One of the two bonus tracks - 'Christ's First Howling' uses looped sounds from 'Nurse With Wound's' 'Homotopy to Marie'. That reverberating gong effect used so effectively on the aforementioned album. It's all a bit superfluous and unnecessary though.

Ah well, at least my copy has the ultra creepy pumpkin head painting on the sleeve.

Such a shame then that it's also another of those annoying CD's that was susceptible to disc rot - an oxygen decaying effect on the CD that afflicted many early 90's pressings from this label and sister labels NER (Death in June) and Normal (Coil). So watch out if you're buying a second hand copy. Mine has gold stains around the outer edges but still miraculously plays unhindered, unlike many others.

 Nature Unveiled by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.21 | 11 ratings

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Nature Unveiled
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

5 stars This is one seriously confrontational album from Current 93. Nothing at all like their later work. The fact the it's recorded on four track only adds to the claustrophobic atmosphere. It's also the the most frightening album I own... by a long shot. Only Schloss Tegal's 'Oranur III' comes anywhere close.

Right from the outset on 'Ach Golgotha', chanting monks are sonically torn apart by animalistic growls of anguish and the tape manipulated vocals of David Tibet. On this recording he sounds like he's been possessed by Satan himself. The inclusion of snippets of an Aleister Crowley mantra only adds to the sense of impending doom.

There's a chunky, chopped piano sound, played with massive delay that sounds like it belongs in a 'Hammer Horror' film. What really sees this album hit it's heights are the vocals. They are intensely treated through echo filters and create the most malevolent sounds I've yet heard, despite being recorded 31 years ago. This is due to the very odd and instantly recognisable vocal style of David Tibet. He of the apocalyptic biblical texts.

Another plus is the fact that none of 'Nature Unveiled' sounds rushed. There's space between sounds which only adds to the disorientating bleak atmosphere of this Satanic disaster-scape. The frequent electronic screeches put another layer on top of what is already an intense sound. This would have been the perfect soundtrack to a silent version of 'The Exorcist'. Chants are slowed down and sped up amongst the demented monks.

As far as tunes go, there ain't many. This one is a soundscape for tortured souls. There's a raw purity present that is sadly absent from most of Current 93's subsequent recordings. The cartoonish element is non existent. It's like they weren't even trying to sound 'dark' and 'spooky'. It just occurred naturally.

David Tibet takes a seat in the vocal department on 'The Mystical Body of Christ in Chorazaim'. Annie Anxiety takes centre stage and has her shot at scaring the pants off you. This track displays more screeching electronics and weird drills which are interwoven around her 'Diamanda Galas' like vocals. Mediaeval chants are looped amongst indeterminate and hugely stretched, shrieked voices. It's a challenging listen - even today.

To many this may sound like torture noise from the depths of hell. To me, it's one of my top ten albums of all time. Good old 'Throbbing Gristle' spawned more bands than they were ever credited for. Interestingly David Tibet was the name given to him by Genesis P. Orridge of said band. Without them, this would more than likely never have happened.

The bonus tracks whilst being relevant and extremely odd in themselves are of poor quality, particularly the last two tracks which are actually bootlegs. They don't come anywhere close to the overwhelming brilliance of the original album.

As with many bands - their first release is best. The follow-up 'Dog's Blood Rising' while excellent, lacks coherence. 'Nature Unveiled' is tightly structured, with a definite vision of the final product.

This is a very original and unnerving recording and is perfect listening for a dark foggy Halloween night. Played at high volume - you certainly won't have any pesky kids knocking at your door asking for monkey nuts. They would not dare.

The stuff of nightmares made flesh.

 Black Ships Ate the Sky by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.81 | 12 ratings

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Black Ships Ate the Sky
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by moodyxadi

4 stars Never a fan of folk music at all my knowledge about Curret 93 was restricted to works as Nature Unveiled and Dogs Blood Rising, terrifying opuses that really makes me feel frightened. The development of David Tibet's music over the years was very diverse finding its main focus on what we can call (with some restrictions) neofolk of British pedigree. This album is beautiful but still terrifying in a very different way than the others mentioned above. It's the most important thing on the genre that I have heard in the last ten years. You cannot really describe it and listening to fragments just don't help either; try to catch it the way you can and listen to the full piece while reading Rob Young's "Electric Eden" and you'll get a glimpse of the development of English folk music to its nineteenth century roots till today. Fascinating and essential for music lovers with a taste for adventure and brave enough to face his innermost fears. Prog? I don't think so but who cares? For me is a 5 star-album that gets only four because you can't call it prog in a proper way.
 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
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

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.

Thanks to ClemofNazareth for the artist addition.

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