Skullflower
Form Destroyer


4.0
excellent

Review

by InvertedChaos USER (6 Reviews)
September 18th, 2012 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


Matthew Bower's Skullflower has always been a bit of an enigma. With a penchant for repetitive fuzzed-out stoner jams making up the bulk of their earlier work, they combined wailing noise with driving rhythms; all buried under swathes of distortion and squealing feedback. Form Destroyer, along with their subsequent three lps, constitutes the best of Skullflower's material.

Form Destroyer's sound is built around deeply distorted bass riffs and pounding drums, overlayed by reverbed guitar-screeching drones and rampant pedal abuse. Vocals make the occasional appearance, but they are smothered by the other instruments in the mix and act more as an extension of the guitar's atmospheric swell than anything. Melodies are non existant and much of Bower's guitar playing seems to have a complete disregard for structure in favor of tremelo-picked fretboard rape or droning amplifier shreaks. Stuart Dennison's drumming provides a perfect mechanism for reigning in the chaotic wall of noise, as he beats at his skins with an almost primal intensity, ignoring the use of symbols and focusing more on marching, tribal rhythms. His drumwork on the nearly 12-minute processional dirge of opening track "Elephant's Graveyard" creates a primitive, seemingly unstoppable force before petering out into sustained feedback.

Production throughout the album has a very hollowed out sound, as if it were recorded in a large cave. The guitar appears to snake its way through its own heavy instrumental haze, while the vocals echo and collide with themselves. Even with everything going, the sound is not so much heavy as it is engulfing. Turn it up loud and you get an taste of well-engineered noise rock lying more on the periphery of what is usually indicative of the genre and all the more appealing because of it.



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CaptainDooRight
September 18th 2012


29131 Comments


cover reminds me of a nostril, pos on rev

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porch
September 18th 2012


8460 Comments


good review, i was just considering doing one for this or xaman

alachlahol
September 18th 2012


7489 Comments


hmmm well since xaman doesnt have a review i suppose you have my authorization to review it

when i listen to this band its usually a binge of several albums in one day and those are the best days. this and gatekeeper are my faves

ffs
March 21st 2013


4874 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i listen to this album and i turn into a pile of bones

ApplicationToHeaven
March 30th 2013


1561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so good

ffs
November 20th 2013


4874 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wanna put my dick in a solar anus

TheBarber
November 20th 2013


1963 Comments


Funny was just thinking of this band today and it gets bumped, still haven't jammed this one though

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conesmoke
November 20th 2013


5217 Comments


but why has no one added 'Strange Keys To Untune Gods' Firmament' to sputnik? that album is pure noise euphoria

ffs
May 22nd 2014


4874 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cannot describe the enormity of this album

ffs
May 22nd 2014


4874 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just bought a Fucked On A Pile Of Corpses shirt i should listen the album heh



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