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Current 93


Prog Folk

3.02 | 8 ratings

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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.

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

Dobermensch | 3/5 |


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