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Flooded Church of Asmodeus – ‘Willing Followers of HIM, The’ – [New Era Productions]

Lord Gravestench   11/17/2020   12-inch, A Library

Meandering and perverse noise-doom from Finland. 

‘Judas Schindler’ [AKA Bestial Burst label-head Sami Kettunen, also of experimental black metal band Ride For Revenge and noise project Will Over Matter] handles ‘deth, deSStruction and malfunctioning power tools’ [AKA guitar and vocals]. ‘Martin Hitler King’ [real name unknown] plays ‘four extra heavy-gauge garrottes to strangle pencil necks’ [AKA bass guitar]. The power trio is completed by ‘Adolf Christ’ [AKA Pasi Markkula, the power electronics über-mensch behind Bizarre Uproar] on ‘gigatons of raging rhythmic hatexxxplosions’ [AKA drums].

Not exactly metal. No real riffs or song structure, but they still somehow manage to maintain an eccentric, diabolical groove for the duration of this single 30-minute session (divided in half for the two sides of this LP version). It takes talented musicians to make such dissonant cacophany sound so compelling for so long. Tortured lycanthropic growls, squealing feedback, frantic improvisation, raga-like hypnotic repetition and the occasional dialogue sample from the 1973 TV film ‘Satan’s School For Girls.’ An oddly compelling performance that’s more than the sum of its parts. 

you heard it 1 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 4 days ago, Whinger played The Willing Followers of HIM Part 1
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