LP £11.99 CSR165LP
Crushing noise on tasteful purple vinyl. Aesthetically pleasing for the eye and the ear.
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- Split by Skullflower/ Mastery
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Have I enough room on the shelf for another Skullflower record? YES! Always. Anyone that attended the recent Skullflower show in Leeds perhaps won’t be surprised to hear Bower and company working in a more restrained and somber meditative/ ritual mode. Bower’s guitar sounds like it’s weeping bitter tears of blood on ‘Wolf Age’. For some reason for me it evokes images of Celtic warriors returning from battle, appearing through battleship grey fog and the overwhelming stench of death. Always good to hear this more spacious slow paced dirge mode from Skullflower. ‘Red Crystal Serpent’ is a rugged fidelity doom laden ghostly track that despite have scorching sheet metal scree guitar has a dreamy, ethereal and narcotic pace that’s easy to be consumed by. ‘Black Sunshine’ really worms it’s way in with the hypnotic, almost melodic repeated phrases evoking a post apocalyptic sunrise. An outstanding and powerful black psychedelic ritual recalling recent Black Sun Roof material.
New Skullflower records always take me a couple of listens to fully get inside them, or rather for them to get inside me. On the surface the formula these days remains largely the same, but new works always feel like they’re exploring new zones and unchartered meridians of the mind that somehow feel familiar. Always the same but always different. This will sit nicely on the shelf next to my Skullflower - ‘White Wolf’ 12” on Cold Spring, thank you very much.
Mastery is a one man black metal project from San Francisco. His side is comprised entirely of an almost eighteen minute hurricane of obliterated black metal mayhem which has to be heard to be believed. Relentlessly intense extreme music, it’s a brutal assault on the senses. No lengthy dark ambient soundscapes here, just good old fashioned evil thrashing, harsh and pummeling with throat destroying, fierce vocals. Love it or loathe it, you can’t deny the conviction, power and brutal force of ‘Blood Electric’.
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