[Music] JOHN 3:16 – עשר

Our friend from Alrealon Music and JOHN 3:16 main man, Philippe Gerber, has graced us with a new, extremely powerful release.

Right from the outset, Gerber hits us with the (early) Floydian drone of The Sun Shall Be Turned Into Darkness, which is so reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s evergreen, Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun, without the percussive elements, but focusing more on a lilting drone.  As the disc progresses, you are treated to genre-splicing par excellence.  Progressive rock drifts into post-rock, supported by a skeletal percussive framework and an ethereal drony element serving as ether holding everything together.

In all, this release has 29 tracks, which makes עשר such a generous offering.  Philippe has much to be proud of with this release.

[Music] God Cancer – Late Night Sessions

God Cancer is a new side project by Per Najbjerg Odderskov, a friend of this blog and the brains behind the stellar Destruktionsanstalt, reviewed here last year as well as in 2016.

This isn’t ambient music, at least not in the fluffy wallpaper sense.  This is harsh, brutal, and reminiscent of something between early Industrial music and a radiophonic opera in the manner of Daphne Oram.

You can say that this is headphone music, but it’s the sort of headphone music which will leave you feeling quite disturbed and covered with goosebumps.  After playing the album several times, I began to realize that this would be appropriate for a stop-motion masterpiece directed by Jan Švankmajer.  Yes, it’s that brutal.

UPDATE: Per let me know that this release will be available on cassette from Splitting Sounds Records out of Serbia in either April or May of 2018!

[Music] R.I.P. Mark E. Smith, frontman of The Fall has died

Mark E. Smith, frontman of legendary UK post-punk band The Fall, has died. The Fall’s manager, Pam Van Damned, confirmed Smith’s passing in a brief statement provided to Consequence of Sound. “It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith. He passed this morning (24th January) at home. A more detailed…

via R.I.P. Mark E. Smith, frontman of The Fall has died — Consequence of Sound

The Hippest of Priests has departed this mortal coil. Mark E. Smith was 60 years old. May he rest in peace.