Current 93
Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
October 30th, 2009 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


“Almost in the beginning was the murderer, and I fell faceless into the world, unaware the moon could change its face”

Current 93’s esoterically mythological career has taken innumerous twists and turns into obscure genre-bending corridors as if Tibet himself was living between realms co-existing as the muse for both dominions, and fortunately for us the message is far from obtuse, and moreso direct of a message your god would herd you away from. Plus, the pretty acoustics sure help.

Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain is a new venture for Current 93 that takes influence from eastern music moreso than recent memory and continues the enigma that is Tibet’s narrations, however over long periods of time he begins to make sense…whether that is good or not is your perception. The opening track almost immediately engorges you into droning, buzzing electronic layers until it brings in the slow, distorted(!) riff style the band finally begins to incorporate to a great extent. And yet, while the tracks flow together seamlessly, each one has its own identity (Poppyseed’s upbeat European folk nuances, Not Because The Fox Barks’ doomy tendancies and muffled, howling shrieks, As Real As Rainbows’ beautiful piano dirge). There’s also a few new influences, or at least influences composed in a more unique than previous, such as the IBM sounds spliced with the band’s freeform unfolding of folk and choir ambience.

Amongst these incredibly detailed arrangements, you have the exceptionally illustrative and discordant performance of Tibet’s vocals. It’s quite amazing how his style doesn’t get old from album to album, but this could be due to his subtle alterations of tone and melody throughout the songs that keep you ensnared in his stories, which seem to be conceptual here. The ways he chooses to change the mood of the songs is interesting enough, but when he stays with the character the music brings, like in the melancholic UrShadow, the concordance is remarkably natural and enthralling.

Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain is illustrious to say the least. Neofolk is also not the most palpable genre, and Current 93’s style doesn’t help this matter, but if it is something that grows on you, it’s hard to not love it. Close-minded people need not apply.



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fireaboveicebelow
October 30th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking love this band

JacobsLadder
October 30th 2009


554 Comments


great band really underrated

jingledeath
October 30th 2009


7104 Comments


great review, will check out

Meatplow
October 30th 2009


5524 Comments


I'm glad this finally got a review, I was going to eventually get round to doing one myself but now I don't have to. Everyone should listen to this, one of my favourites of 2009 for sure.

This is probably as good as anything they've ever done, which is saying a lot considering how big their discography is.

The opening track almost immediately engorges you into droning, buzzing electronic layers until it brings in the slow, distorted riff style the band is known for


I find this a strange observation, I can't remember there being any of this style of distorted electric guitars used on their LP's until towards the end of Black Ships Ate The Sky at least. It dominates this album.

EyesWideShut
October 30th 2009


3195 Comments


had no idea Current had a new album out. Will check out, but doubt its better than Horses.

Willie
Moderator
October 30th 2009


16133 Comments


Great review. I'll check this out this weekend

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

YouAreMySilence
October 30th 2009


3727 Comments


Sounds pretty sweet! Nice review.

fireaboveicebelow
October 30th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I find this a strange observation, I can't remember there being any of this style of distorted electric guitars used on their LP's until towards the end of Black Ships Ate The Sky at least. It dominates this album.
yeah I have no idea why I said that, that's what I get for rushing I guess 8(

Gyromania
December 27th 2009


15978 Comments


I'm glad you introduced me to weird neo-folk. I'll check this out sometime this week- good review as always.

Meatplow
December 27th 2009


5524 Comments


MURDERER!

lobby
January 9th 2010


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is my first Current 93 album. What should I get after this? And do all of them have this type of sound, or have spoken word?

Meatplow
January 10th 2010


5524 Comments


There are generally a lot less filthy guitars, and Tibet does have a habit of using that kind of delivery most of the time.

It's hard to tell you where to go next but Imperium, Swastikas For Goddy, Thunder Perfect Mind and All The Pretty Little Horses are amongst my favourite C93 releases.



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