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Xasthur Subliminal Genocide


01. Disharmonic Convergence 02. Prison of Mirrors 03. Beauty is Only Razor Deep 04. Trauma Will Always Linger 05. Pyramid of Skulls 06. Arcane and Misanthropic Projection 07. Victim of Your Dreams 08. Through a Trance of Despondency 09. Loss and Inner Distortion 10. Subliminal Genocide 11. Malice Hidden in Surrealism
2006 Hydra Head Records
Our score 8

10/14/2006

Ok, let's get this out of the way from the start. Xasthur is on Hydra Head now. Yes, it's actually a split release with Battle Kommand. However, it's the Hydra Head part that is causing corpse paint disturbances in many grim underground black metallers due to brown paper bags smearing the mouth make up area during hyperventilation. Seriously, folks, Hydra Head is not Warner Bros. Mr. Turner is quite the aficionado of black metal, and in addition to other underground roster additions for the label, the signing of Xasthur really makes sense. Why Because Hydra Head has a history of releasing albums that aren't always accepted or liked when they come out, but are often heralded as classics later. That, and simply because Xasthur is one of the absolute best when it comes to this style of black metal. For the uninitiated, Xasthur is really one man - Malefic - who has not only put out multiple acclaimed full-length and split releases, but is also a member of U. S. black metal supergroup Twilight, and recently performed on Sunn0)))'s Black One album and subsequent live tours. In short, the man has been around and knows what he's doing. When not interacting with other musicians of various styles, Malefic's chosen path is that of mid to slow tempo black metal that is very somber and depressing in tone. This is certainly not the straightforward blasting of many black metal bands. Instead, Malefic focuses more on the creation of a chilling atmosphere to get the point across. Songs are long in structure and almost hypnotizing at times. While harsh at many moments, others are very subdued and serene. Fans of previous material will find many of the Xasthur trademarks found on other releases in Subliminal Genocide. There are the heavier moments backed by Malefic's tortured voice, while there are also the lengthy, melodic, instrumental passages. One noticeable difference on this newest offering is that Malefic seems to be experimenting with his songwriting a little more. And by that I don't mean he's added jazz interludes between songs. Instead, some of the new material, such as moments in "Trauma Will Always Linger," is much more melodic than previous material, whereas other times it is clear that the purpose is to be the opposite of melodic. For example, in the final track "Malice Hidden in Surrealism," somber guitar tracks are methodically slowed down at varying rates so that the effect is ultimately a very unnerving, dissonant, oppressive atmosphere. Bottom Line: Without sounding too clichéd, Xasthur has always presented a very disturbing, yet calming listening experience that is best experienced in solitude. The music contained on Subliminal Genocide is no different. The moods and textures expertly woven by Malefic completely envelop the willing listener and provide for a very unique listening experience.

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vegans_taste_good_ 10/14/2006 10:07:28 PM

good to see this getting a good review on the goat. solid cd.


SeveredLnTwain_ 10/14/2006 10:07:35 PM

First pizzost


SeveredLnTwain_ 10/14/2006 10:07:52 PM

dammit


Jesus_ 10/14/2006 10:10:16 PM

Great album, though it's not what I'd call "calming." Unfortunately, for anyone who hasn't heard Xasthur before, this review doesn't provide any help. Two paragraphs of background followed by one paragraph of vague description does not a good review make.


CuntSnot_ 10/14/2006 10:38:11 PM

Never been a fan, but I might give this one a try... I gave the recent Gorogoth a try, and was pleasently surprised...


Jesus_ 10/14/2006 10:55:53 PM

c*ntSnot: If you didn't like earlier Xasthur, you most likely won't like this one either; the only real difference is the density of the composition.


xtroyx_ 10/15/2006 12:15:06 AM

so good. sometimes lambgoat has reviews that are correct.


grudgeagainstastranger_ 10/15/2006 2:45:04 AM

good review. surprised lambgoat cares about this.


mefuckyeah_ 10/15/2006 5:18:14 AM

I guess it might be cool for a person on goat to review a cd for what it is.......BLACK METAL BLACK METAL.....listens to WHITE POWER POWER


someguy_ 10/15/2006 5:18:26 AM

I heard he really enjoyed working with Sunn O)))...


Puppies_need_discipline_ 10/15/2006 10:47:05 AM

Great review, even though I disagree with it. I hate this shit. But you should definitely offer a "how to" review workshop for the other Lambgoat reviewers.


vegard_ 10/15/2006 5:42:16 PM

NO NORWEGIAN BLOOD = UNTRUE KVLT BLACK METAL.


KoreanKibbles_ 10/15/2006 6:23:06 PM

seriously stop trying to review black metal LG. goat ist n0t kvlt or trve in anyway


xomertax_ 10/15/2006 6:39:58 PM

Sunn0))) is f*ckin stupid


panzram_ 10/16/2006 12:55:54 PM

However, it's the Hydra Head part that is causing corpse paint disturbances in many grim underground black metallers due to brown paper bags smearing the mouth make up area during hyperventilation.......you f*cking fail at being witty.


Ralphio_ 10/20/2006 9:46:29 AM

I blast this out the car window when Im cruising Wal-Mart


immortal_ 10/25/2006 3:43:53 PM

this is to black metal what sublime was to reggae.


IMPERIAL_G0ATMAZCHINEN_ 11/7/2006 4:53:13 AM

FVKK 0FF Y0V ZTVPID AMERIKAN TEENAGE KVNT. TH0V KN0WEZT N0THING 0V BLAKK METAL 0R DARK AMBIENT. FVKKK Y0V!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!