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I’ve barely had a chance to catch a breath and recover from Voltigeurs flooring ‘Carrion’ full length on Second Layer and then this beast arrives courtesy of Bradford’s finest noise-mongers Turgid Animal. ‘Possession’ is the second album for the label following a monster of a self-titled disc back in 2009. This will have the paint peeling from the walls, it may ...

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Possession by Voltigeurs
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 04 October 2012

I’ve barely had a chance to catch a breath and recover from Voltigeurs flooring ‘Carrion’ full length on Second Layer and then this beast arrives courtesy of Bradford’s finest noise-mongers Turgid Animal. ‘Possession’ is the second album for the label following a monster of a self-titled disc back in 2009.

This will have the paint peeling from the walls, it may even awake the dead if you crank it loud enough for it is an unholy racket of the highest order. The duo of Matthew Bower (Skullflower, Pure, Total, Sunroof!, Mirag, Sunlayer, Valley Of Fear, Hototogisu etc.) and Samantha Davies (Skullflower, Harm, Black Sun Roof, Valley Of Fear) work brilliantly together. Bower’s guitar is as corrosive and caustic as one could hope, sculpting red hot walls of “black psychedelia”.

Beginning with ‘Eidola Of Set’ the album goes straight for the jugular with ferocious guitar scree that sounds what I imagine the apocalypse would sound like, volcanoes spewing lava, cities crumbling into dust with the planet covered in black smoke and fog.

‘Kiss The Whip’ continues in relentless fashion with super evil doomy guitar and a massive layer of fuzz which you can almost reach out and touch. The overall sound has an immense  and powerful physical as well as cerebral impact.

‘Vampire Horus’ is another foundation shaking assault on the senses with brain frazzling, extreme feedback / metal revision that feels like it could implode at any given second. ‘Redness Sparkling’ is less violent with drones that sound like they are collapsing into an abyss along with bubbling industrial soundscapes.

‘Serpent Well’ is like the sound of pure electricity flying out of amplifiers while closer ‘Tibetan Lace Falcons’ continues Bower’s experiments in black metal dynamics, it’s like a massive rush of energy in a fully pulverizing way. A fine way to end a killer set of tracks. Sweet artwork from the band too. With this and the forthcoming Black Sun Roof LP + CD set forthcoming on VHF, this is quite a month for Bower devotees. Essential!


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