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3.96 | 7 ratings | 1 reviews | 43% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc One (44:37)
1. Parish of Tama (Ossuary Dub) (16:05)
2. Morning of Balachaturdasi (14:45)
3. Pashupatinath (13:47)

Disc Two (39:19)
1. Pashupatinath Ambient (20:00)
2. Parish of Tama Ambient (19:19)

Total Time 83:56

Japaneese release Disc Three:

3-1. Gandhamadana (12:58)
3-2. Vaidurya (8:58)
3-3. Satapitaka (11:15)
3-4. Bodkyithangga (13:04)
3-5. Black Bile / Yellow Bile / Blue Bile / Crimson Bile / Ivory Bile (9:05)

Line-up / Musicians

- John Zorn / saxophone, voice
- Bill Laswell / basses, samples
- Mick Harris / drums, samples, voice

Vocals - Yamatsuka Eye (3-4, 3-5)

Releases information

2 x CD : Subharmonic SD 7008-2 (US),Toy's Factory TFCK-88731~3 (Japan, 1995, 3 x CD, bonus CD, alternative cover)

Tracks 1-1 to 2-2 recorded and mixed at Greenpoint Studio, Brooklyn, New York
Tracks 3-1 to 3-5 recorded November 1994 live in Osaka

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PAINKILLER Execution Ground ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(43%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (14%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (14%)

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Review by snobb
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4 stars First full-size (even 2 x CD) Painkillers studio album. John Zorn's one of most hardcore project Painkiller existed in early 90-s as John excurse to dark world of radical free-form avant-jazz hardcore. You can imagine the atmosphere of Painkiller's music just from albums cover pictures.

Just a trio (with bassist Bill Laswell and metal drummer Mick Harris , plus samples), but it was more than enough of them for building of nervous soundscapes. Very ambient back-up sounds are filled with almost unmusical screams of sax, tribal drumming and strange sounds you will hardly believe of bass guitar origin. Cold, dark, in part industrial atmosphere filling all the space. Don't expect melodies or structures, it's all about sounds and nerves.

First CD contains three improvs, with Zorn's extreme sax screaming. Second CD contains ambient versions of two compositions from the first CD. Noise, doom, dark ambient and free jazz - what is all you fill find there. Great shamanism, danger in air. Far from beauty of all sorts, but monument to cold nervous world of strange voices.

Excellent work for those searching for shocking beauty of darkness. Hardly acceptable for all others.

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