Prayers From The Rotten Soil

by BLACK ROLLER CROP ROTATION

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When Ben Fleury-Steiner from Light Of Shipwreck told me a few months ago that he had a new "metal" project, I wasn't sure what the hell to expect. A much heavier version of Light Of Shipwreck's percussive dronescapes, maybe? Whatever notion had entered my mind, it sure wasn't the hideous industrial-scum hell that he unleashed on my brain with this bitching new disc from his band Black Roller Crop Rotation. Ben ( bass, guitar, drum machines, samples, and vocals) teams up with Jeffrey Bumiller (guitar, vocals) for this five track saga that evokes images of behemoth all-consuming duststorms, yellowed fields scorched by vicious drought, and towns swallowed up by monstrous clouds of swirling, obliterating blackness, a Depression-era apocalyptic nightmare scored by this heaving slow-motion industrial blackdoom monstrosity. There are parts of this disc that reminded me of a drug-blasted jam session between Abruptum and Popul Vuh, blackened wordless howls and gutteral profanity slurred across shapeless detuned riffage, mechanical, almost <em>pneumatic</em> percussion, and thick ropey jets of obsidian synthesizer that roar across the barren wastelands and suffocating ambience of <em>Prayers From The Rotten Soil</em>. Yeah, this is some intensely heavy, hopeless music, a mixture of improvised quasi-black metal slime and hints of early industrial, washes of psychedelic drift infused with melancholy guitar melodies buried under sheets of clanking machine rhythms and grinding doomy amp-drone, shrieking voices lost in a fog of endless delay way off in the distance, blasts of fragmented orchestral music scattered throughout. It's as someone unearthed a lost alternate score to <em>There Will Be Blood</em> composed by Abruptum. This is an impressive debut from this new project, fans of abstract noisy blackened heaviness along the lines of Gnaw Their Tongues, Emit, Khlyst, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Ghast, Pussygutt, Wicked King Wicker and KTL will definitely want to check this out. Released in a print run of 300 copies, and packaged inside of a full color foldout sleeve with the disc attached to the interior on a plastic hub.

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released July 31, 2012

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