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The barely controlled cacophony of Bestial Burden offers a ritual of suffering and catharsis, rendered in raw screams, brutal beats, and ear-grinding industrial noise. Pharmakon (the New York–based artist Margaret Chardiet) uses her own recent near-fatal illness as a departure point to explore the mortality of the flesh in pain-wracked pieces like “Vacuum,” “Body Betrays Itself,” and “Autoimmune.” Especially harrowing is “Primitive Struggle,” a rumbling track punctuated by gasps, coughs, and retching. A nightmarish rendition of Sonny Bono’s “Bang Bang” brings this uncompromising work to a ghoulish yet oddly bracing climax.

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Bestial Burden

This is embarrassingly boring.


See "Primitive Struggle" for more details. Her cover of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" is the only listenable thing on here and it's great. That gives it an extra star. "Vacuum" is interesting and twisted, but leads into electronic squealing not unlike Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music". That is funny because Lou Reed only made "Metal Machine Music" because he was obligated by his recording contract to make another album. He made said album as a middle finger to them. Pharmakon reminds me of that in all the wrong ways. AND this girl can't take criticism. Look it up, it's kinda funny.


Born: New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A grimy excursion into the worlds of noise/power electronics/death industrial, Pharmakon is the project of New York-based performer Margaret Chardiet. Mixing slow, churning beats with abrasive blasts of synthesizers and her own anguished screams, the project blends noise's confrontational qualities without completely abandoning musicality. This gives Pharmakon a sound that, while harsh and unsettling, beckons the listener in with its hypnotic rhythms. Though Chardiet had previously released a number...
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