John Zorn
Six Litanies for Heliogabalus


4.0
excellent

Review

by ◘_◘ ◘_◘ ◘_◘ ◘_◘ USER (5 Reviews)
June 8th, 2007 | 21 replies | 8,316 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: John Zorn wears glasses. What a fucking geek.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Can you imagine yourself, twenty-six years down the road, doing the same thing you've been doing all of your life?

John Zorn beat you to it, instead with game pieces, hardcore miniatures, film music, and a slew of other projects that incorporate his unique style of composition and delivery. His most recent, Six Litanies for Heliogabalus, continues the tradition of destroying tradition, something in which Zorn and his peers shamelessly revel. Joined by musicians such as Mike Patton and Ikue Mori, Zorn pieces together a wonderfully heavy record with dynamic variety, something that even his music has occasionally been guilty of lacking in the past.

In order to grasp some of what is going on, the listener should know that Six Litanies for Heliogabalus is thematically based on the Roman Emperor of the same name, known for his eccentricities and decadence. When considering the term litany, meaning prayer, it becomes obvious that the pieces contained within are all dedications to the curious man who was eventually murdered because of his overbearing leadership. This is an album of chaos and cross-dressing.

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If you happen to be watching this go through your digestive track, you may notice how Astronome is sort of stuck there, blocking your poop shoot. Don't worry; stuff like this zooms right through in comparison.

Right from the start this becomes apparent, as "Litany I" bursts in with a menacing, heavily distorted bass riff and Mike Patton's familiar squeals, howls, shrieks, and whatever else he's capable of doing. The band drops out several times to allow the listener to breathe, only to burst right back into heavy mode. "Litany III", running at a brisk ten minutes, follows this same sort of pattern; various tempo shifts and sheets of cacophonous saxophone morph back into sinister ambiance and a trio of female singers. Rocking out with the most consistency however is "Litany V"; imagine a moshpit full of grindcore mathematicians enjoying fellatio from Yamatsuka Eye.

Just in case you weren't aware of Patton's rather amusing vocal prowess, he has an eight minute solo, "Litany IV". With sounds ranging from panting to possessed tongues, gagging to high-pitched shrieks and weirdo scat-singing, there is enough diversity and range present to keep anyone with an attention span or Boredoms fetish interested. When testing out a new stereo, Six Litanies for Heliogabalus is particularly recommended. Your neighbors will absolutely adore these Sinatra laments, like In the Wee Small Hours for the mentally handicapped.


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MeowMeow
June 8th 2007



662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amusing review. Litany IV is so much fun to listen to. Hell, this whole album is.

slep
June 8th 2007



1604 Comments


What a summary. Pretty good review.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2007



17914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i am going to get this!

PaperCities
June 8th 2007



199 Comments


Good review. I still need to get Naked City.

antihippy
June 8th 2007



696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool album.

italic zero
June 9th 2007



31 Comments


sorry to be that guy, but this bothers me

Aleister Crowley is among the people for which this album is dedicated to.

is a mistake. it should read
Aleister Crowly is among the people to whom this album is dedicated.


good review, though.

Slaapkamers
June 9th 2007



596 Comments


FUCK YOU I'LL SAY IT HOW I WANT TO SAYS ITS

plane
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2007



6073 Comments


rawr hear him roar


oh and amusing review. this might mean good.

Slaapkamers
June 9th 2007



596 Comments


OK I FICKSED IT

La Revolucion
June 9th 2007



1060 Comments


Good album. Good review?

Slaapkamers
June 9th 2007



596 Comments


horrible reviwe

burton.and.gas
June 9th 2007



641 Comments


I must hear it.

Zebra
Moderator
June 9th 2007



2647 Comments


If this even rivals the quality of Naked City then I'll be very anxious to hear this. Good work on the review as well.

AlienEater
June 9th 2007



716 Comments


John Zorn is cool

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2007



17914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet!

Kage
June 14th 2007



1173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good review. The album is clearly really sweet.

spillane
June 14th 2007



85 Comments


this is the best of his newer/patton albums.

duckies
July 21st 2007



143 Comments


I need to hear this!! Nice review!

Commortus
January 5th 2009



237 Comments


HELIOGABULUS!!!!!! AAAUUUUGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!

Commortus
January 6th 2009



237 Comments


NO MOM!!!! NOT THE HELIOGABALUS!!!!! GET IT OFF ME!!!! AAAAUUUGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!



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