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Skullflower – “Black Iron That Has Fell From The Stars…, The” – [Nashazphone]

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Cythoth staple Skullflower was founded by England’s Matthew Bower (see also: Total, Voltigeurs, Sunroof, Black Sunroof, Hototogisu) in 1988. Frequent member Samantha Davies (Voltigeurs, Black Sunroof) joins him on this 2017 release. which is dedicated to the Egyptian god Set. It’s probably no coincidence that the label is based out of Egypt. This is something like Skullflower’s 30th album. Its full title is ‘The Black Iron That Has Fell From The Stars, To Dwell Within (Bear It Or Be It).’ Okay.

Three lengthy pieces of instrumental psych guitar played through so many layers of effects, it becomes scary noise… or at least that’s what it sounds like. The credits list ‘Nilotic Delta Slide,’ ‘Pro-one,’ ‘Devices,’ ‘Fire,’ ‘Violin,’ and ‘Salt’ for the instrumentation.

The sounds are hazy and baleful, like a half-asleep Typhonic beast. The clash of beauty and ugliness found in Skullflower’s music is practically religious in nature, and despite hades of John Cale in the catgut screech and belly-deep drone, no one does string noise quite like this. It has a wailing, seasick quality that reminds me of public mourning. This LP will not surprise Skullflower’s fans, but it will please them. I hope to hear the sidelong B track at least once per hour on KFJC for the next 8 weeks.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on June 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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