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Album Review

Having established his art on initial releases, Tibet makes a stunning declaration of purpose on Dogs Blood Rising, one of the most frightening, nerve-wracking records ever released. Interspersing quicker tracks and two lengthy evocations of destruction, Dogs Blood shows Tibet and his collaborators — including, as always, Stapleton — combining everything from invocations of Yukio Mishima to Christianity in a harrowing blend. Opening track "Christus Christus" sets the tone with its heavily flanged and looped vocals, chanting the title over and over again against a wash of sound, but it's the following track, "Falling Back in Fields of Rape," which truly begins to set this album apart. With guest vocals courtesy of Crass singer Steve Ignorant, who recites lyrics clearly meant to play on both senses of the word "rape," everything — from recurrent chants of "War!", other choral moans, varying percussion, heavily treated musical snippets, and fragment loops — builds and fades throughout the mix. When a young girl's voice takes over the main lyrics after a snippet of a nursery rhyme is sung, the sheer sense of creep out grows even higher. It's even further intensified as Ignorant's rasping shouts of the main lyric start floating up through the mix like a mantra from hell. "From Broken Cross, Locusts" provides a semi-respite in ways, but only just, chanting from Tibet and others floating low in the mix as a recurrent, strange drum loop sets the overall pace before a sudden, frazzled ending. "Raio No Terrasu (Jesus Wept)" ratchets up everything to the level of apocalypse — the music doesn't pound and explode, but the ever-more pained, wailed voices chanting the title phrase or other similarly disturbed lines, or simply calling and keening unintelligibly, become a disturbing, fractured and tape-treated collage of sound. "St. Peters Keys All Bloody" concludes the album on a perversely calm note, with Tibet speaking in a snarl, then softly singing "The Sounds of Silence" and "Scarborough Fair" by Simon & Garfunkel. It's a chilling coda to a striking album. [Durtro Jnana issued a bonus-laden, two-CD edition as well.]

Customer Reviews

Stop Whining and Listen...

The very point of this album is to be upsettling (to use a Gaiman portmanteau); It does its job terribly well. Seriously, any connoisseurs of unusual, frightening music should own this album, in particular those with an interest in early industrial - stuff from the days when the term meant more than aggressive, sampler-abusing dance music - in particular such "second wave" luminaries as Nurse With Wound, Whitehouse, Coil, and Psychic Television, all of whom shared members with Current 93 during the period of this recording. However, the group's style is truly ideosyncratic, fusing the eerie, blasphemous lope of early Psychic TV with the perverse whimsy of Nurse With Wound, the irreverent loop-mongering of Coil with the histrionic vocal/feedback assaults of Whitehouse and NON, spiced with elements of religious and literary obsession all their own. This album, while definitely not most people's cup of tea, is, for the chosen few, not to be missed.

classic

This is Current 93 at their best

Powerful and Meaningful

If you believe true art disturbs and inspires - this apocolyptic masterpiece is for you.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

With a glut of industrial-pop hybrids on the market in the 1980s and '90s, several bands stayed true to the experimental nature of early industrial music. The Psychic TV axis alone spawned many creative artists, including Current 93's David Tibet, who blends Gothic chanting and haunting atmospherics with industrial noisescapes courtesy of tape loops and synthesizers. Though Tibet doesn't quite have bandmates, he frequently works with a core of collaborators including ex-Psychic TV compatriot John...
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