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« Reply #30 on: April 15, 2021, 11:58:49 AM »

I got a fairly recent album off Stoic Strength that is called Purity and really rated it.

https://turgidvermin.bandcamp.com/album/purity

On Facebook, I have picked up a lot of 'he hasn't done a decent album in years' type talk,but tbh, I like anything new they have done as much as the older stuff, I don't get where it comes from. In my Heathen Harvest glory days I favourably reviewed Fucked on a Pile of Corpses and was told off saying I did not know what I was talking about, but to me it was an impressive album. I do like what he does a lot.
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« Reply #31 on: May 04, 2021, 07:37:21 AM »

TOTAL ”Sutra” tape, 1987 self financed. I recall there was talk that this -could be- reissued? But that must have been decade ago. A-side is a lot of drum machine patterns and guitar noises, but somewhat industrial type. B-side way darker, and if it was done now, I guess someone would even dare to say ”black-noise”, due pretty much black metal esque vocals?! From this angle, his slightly BM influenced later releases are in quite different light. Just doing something he had been doing already long before there was "bm influenced noise".
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« Reply #32 on: June 05, 2021, 04:36:38 PM »

I got a fairly recent album off Stoic Strength that is called Purity and really rated it.

https://turgidvermin.bandcamp.com/album/purity


My listening habits and relationship to noise are a lot different than most participants here but Purity helped me reevaluate my relationship to noise during a major pivotal point in my life. I love the pure solar ejaculation that Skullflower is in its current iteration... The sound of a couple folks simply doing The Work.

I've been digging into Skullflower a lot lately (maybe it's in the air given the resurrection of these topics) and although I don't care much for "noise rock" I am blown away by Obsidian Shaking Codex and keep returning to other albums from that era. Somehow they balanced a lot of elements that usually turn me off to noise and psych rock. The only era I am not too keen on is the stuff on Cold Spring, but my taste rarely aligns with that label anyways. I find it kind of amusing how everything on Bandcamp sounds like the same artist regardless if it's posted as Skullflower, Sun Roof!, or Yllustrious Forger of Dreams or whatever. Dude is living his best life and couldn't care less about anything else from the looks of it. Just magick, noise, and some fine ponies.

Between "Strange Keys to Unlock..." 2CD and the Eidola of Set artbook that Timeless recently put out, I have yet to discover a living artist in this vein that communicates other realms as lucidly as Skullflower. Very similar to Coil in my opinion but less chaotic and more at home with their demons.
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« Reply #33 on: June 19, 2021, 06:56:21 PM »

I got a fairly recent album off Stoic Strength that is called Purity and really rated it.

https://turgidvermin.bandcamp.com/album/purity


My listening habits and relationship to noise are a lot different than most participants here but Purity helped me reevaluate my relationship to noise during a major pivotal point in my life. I love the pure solar ejaculation that Skullflower is in its current iteration... The sound of a couple folks simply doing The Work.

I've been digging into Skullflower a lot lately (maybe it's in the air given the resurrection of these topics) and although I don't care much for "noise rock" I am blown away by Obsidian Shaking Codex and keep returning to other albums from that era. Somehow they balanced a lot of elements that usually turn me off to noise and psych rock. The only era I am not too keen on is the stuff on Cold Spring, but my taste rarely aligns with that label anyways. I find it kind of amusing how everything on Bandcamp sounds like the same artist regardless if it's posted as Skullflower, Sun Roof!, or Yllustrious Forger of Dreams or whatever. Dude is living his best life and couldn't care less about anything else from the looks of it. Just magick, noise, and some fine ponies.

Between "Strange Keys to Unlock..." 2CD and the Eidola of Set artbook that Timeless recently put out, I have yet to discover a living artist in this vein that communicates other realms as lucidly as Skullflower. Very similar to Coil in my opinion but less chaotic and more at home with their demons.

Couldn't agree more, Bower is an absolute monster
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« Reply #34 on: June 20, 2021, 09:00:26 AM »

I got a fairly recent album off Stoic Strength that is called Purity and really rated it.

https://turgidvermin.bandcamp.com/album/purity


My listening habits and relationship to noise are a lot different than most participants here but Purity helped me reevaluate my relationship to noise during a major pivotal point in my life. I love the pure solar ejaculation that Skullflower is in its current iteration... The sound of a couple folks simply doing The Work.

I've been digging into Skullflower a lot lately (maybe it's in the air given the resurrection of these topics) and although I don't care much for "noise rock" I am blown away by Obsidian Shaking Codex and keep returning to other albums from that era. Somehow they balanced a lot of elements that usually turn me off to noise and psych rock. The only era I am not too keen on is the stuff on Cold Spring, but my taste rarely aligns with that label anyways. I find it kind of amusing how everything on Bandcamp sounds like the same artist regardless if it's posted as Skullflower, Sun Roof!, or Yllustrious Forger of Dreams or whatever. Dude is living his best life and couldn't care less about anything else from the looks of it. Just magick, noise, and some fine ponies.

Between "Strange Keys to Unlock..." 2CD and the Eidola of Set artbook that Timeless recently put out, I have yet to discover a living artist in this vein that communicates other realms as lucidly as Skullflower. Very similar to Coil in my opinion but less chaotic and more at home with their demons.

I have been digging in a lot recently, I blasted out Form Destroyer, the jams and gutar work on that are coming from somewhere else. I also played Purity and really feel it uses the Orange Canyon Mind sound as a springboard to go off from. Orange Canyon Mind and Malediction was my introduction to them. I have been lucky enough to see them playing live twice now.
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« Reply #35 on: September 06, 2021, 09:24:39 AM »

TOTAL "clear factory" LP
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As mentioned few times, this year been listening more Bower stuff than for long time. A lot of releases somehow clicked more in my brain. This one, felt like with simple and easy things, there is good results.  1996 release, available very cheap and perhaps because of large pressing and it ain't as good as two former LP releases on Majora label.

TOTAL "Here, Time Is Space" 2xLP
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1994 double LP. Between this, and clear factory, was Exploded Star Sad Servant (Self Abuse) and Glassy Warhead (Pure), and while Here, Time Is Space is not as noisy as those two CD's put out by noise labels, this one has more density, tastier noisescapes. Feedback, echo, synth/keys droning with howl of guitar/feedback and so on. Theoretically, you could say Clear Factory can be described with same words, but something on this is just much better!

TOTAL "Beyond The Rim" LP
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1993 release, and probably kind of "comeback" of Total. Before this was Hard+Low on Broken Flag (1986) and Sutra (1987) and this marked the return under this name. Skullflower had done IIIrd Gatekeeper, Obsidian Shaking Codex and on top of such sound. Perhaps the era & technology was so favorable to get perfect sound quality for this type of drone. Psychedelic vibrating keyboard/drone/efx, screech of guitar noise on top. Seemingly easy to do, but when you really start to think who'd be doing harmonic-noise-drone this good, there ain't that many!  It is almost mindblowing to think, nearly 30 years later, you could grab this for 10-20 euro from discogs. Worth it? Well check out this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4IeAKQqVPw

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« Reply #36 on: September 17, 2021, 03:45:27 AM »

That last Total track is some top notch stuff. I agree that harmonic-noise-drone is much harder to find good stuff than you would think... Been listening to the Black Sun Roof album Four Black Suns and a Sinister Rainbow.... very similar and among the best of his material that I've heard. Really cannot get enough of the stuff this guy has done. The new stuff from the last couple weeks is still killin it, I swear I'm out here just trying to make it one more fucking day before the other shoe drops in whatever hellhole the USA is at the moment and he's just handing out Grade A Audio Vril left and right.

Might sound trite but if one demonic acidhead can find his peace and noise out on a farm with ponies and cats safe from the tendrils of the NWO it fuels my grind.
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