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1 review | 5 people love this record: be the 6th! Having been a follower of the Hospital Productions label for some years I’ve always found it frustrating not being able to obtain the ultra limited cassette releases. Thankfully the recent slew of vinyl reissues have been filling that void nicely. Currently spinning is the vinyl edition of Virile Games - ‘Wounded Lion’. This is the work of Max Gudmunson who also records as Virgin ... »

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Wounded Laurel by Virile Games
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5 people love this record. Be the 6th!
8/10 Ant Staff review, 23 January 2014

Having been a follower of the Hospital Productions label for some years I’ve always found it frustrating not being able to obtain the ultra limited cassette releases. Thankfully the recent slew of vinyl reissues have been filling that void nicely. Currently spinning is the vinyl edition of Virile Games - ‘Wounded Lion’. This is the work of Max Gudmunson who also records as Virgin Spring on Gods Of Tundra as well as other handles K.P and Virgin Spring.

This is a thirty minute six track mini-album I guess, opening with the mournful Tim Hecker/ Leyland Kirby vibes of ‘Death and Rebirth of Adonis’ albeit with a lower fidelity than the work of those artists. Then onto ‘Nailed To The Living Heart’ with clattering broken metallic sounds like a rock tumbling around in a cement mixer before huge thunderous bass kicks in ala Mika Vainio stylee but with a doomier dirge like quality, becoming somewhat cinematic in scope as the gloom builds.

‘Firmament’ offers a counteraction to its predecessor in the form of lush widescreen strings; emitting real warmth and beauty as they shimmer alongside flourishes of bright ambient light. ‘Military Saints’ however returns to the shadows with slow pulsating bass eruptions and eerie harmonics, again this has a very cinematic quality, in the vein of Lustmord perhaps for a loose reference. ‘Military Saints II’ feels like a slightly more positive reprise and over its two and a half minutes is a thing of real beauty. ‘Steel Church’ closes the record with tormented kitchen sink percussion creaking away before some dislocated bass thundering emerges coupled with hovering angelic synth work. Thirty minutes well spent.


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