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‘Why Do The Heathen Rage?’ queried Guadalcanal Diary in 1985. ‘Why Do The Heathen Rage?’ sang REM in 1987 and now The Soft Pink Truth ask ‘Why Do The Heathen Rage?’. Do we have an answer yet?
This is one half of Matmos’s love letter of sorts to black metal. Its pulverising ravey take on a series of ‘classics’ from the Black Metal genre. Venom’s ‘Black Metal’ is treated in the oddball sleazy electronic style which goes all the way back to The Normal. ‘Invocation of Strength’ is performed in a spoken word style with just some eerie cut ups, the low voiced narrator is joined by a quite alarmingly camp voice. The voices spew out the words in typical black metal doom-laden style but the music is generally in an industrial electronic style, ‘Satanic Black Devotion’ is remarkable like Atari Teenage Riot with screamed extreme metal vocals - just when you think it can’t get more absurd there’s a sample from Snap’s ‘I’ve Got the Power’.
I can’t recommend this album as such but if you want to hear a load of black metal songs done in a ravey electro style with oddles of hi-camp then this could just be the record for you.
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