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Album of the day: JK Flesh / Prurient – Worship Is The Cleansing Of The Imagination

Posted on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Worship Is The Cleansing Of The Imagination is a collaborative release (and more than likely Hydra Head’s last ever it seems) between two solo artists: the legendary Justin Broadrick, here performing under the latest moniker for his solo ouput JK Flesh; and Prurient – otherwise known as Dominick Fernow – an artist who has not been around for nearly as long as Broadrick, but one who has firmly carved out a name for himself, deftly handling everything noise-related from ambience to power electronics.

Each artist contributes 3 tracks to what is one of the year’s most abrasive and dense releases; just over 30 minutes of music that evokes the condensed decay of a wretched industrial landscape.


JK Flesh opens things up with ‘Fear of Fear’ which is something approaching the most hench, bloated dupstep you’ve ever heard married to an unrelenting de-tuned guitar riff of battering mechanistic simplicity that has become one of the hallmarks of Justin Broadrick’s style. I caught JK Flesh’s set at last year’s Supersonic Festival, and it was ‘Fear of Fear’ (though I didn’t know the title at the time) that really stood out for me and is, if not the best, at least the most memorable track from this release.

For the next two parts of Broadrick’s contribution the guitar is less prominent, but the music is no less heavy for it and actually all the more oppressive for lack of a recognisable instrument cutting through, as he continues to play with the idea of an ultra harsh, off-kilter approach to dupstep. Imagine Burial channelling Merzbow re-imagining the soundtrack to ‘The Terminator’ and you’re some way to pinning down the feel here; this music has more to do with the figurative destruction of apocalyptic industrial wastelands than any sense of melody or riff.

JK Flesh’s side is noticeably more percussive than Prurient’s, but the style evolves across the three tracks in such a way that the change from one side to the other is so smooth as to suggest a genuinely focussed collaborative effort rather than incidental fusing together of two unrelated sections.

Prurient‘s music here is more noise and ambience than JK Flesh’s, and the first track ‘Chosen Books’ builds and builds to a claustrophobic throng of harsh static and the sound of sheets of metal screeching up against one another; sounding like the logical evolution of the skin crawling, ultra-tense pieces of Krzysztof Penderecki’s music – made famous by the use of several pieces in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’.

Continue reading: JK Flesh / Prurient ‘Worship Is The Cleansing Of The Imagination’ Split LP 2012 | The Sleeping Shaman

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Album of the day: Roadburn HQ Favorite Albums of 2011

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Many excellent records came out in 2011. We don’t pretend to be arbiters of taste, we just think it’s fun to share which albums rocked our worlds, soothed our souls, lifted our spirits or otherwise burrowed into our systems this year. Of course, in addition to occupying our turntables, many […]