Prurient
Bermuda Drain


4.0
excellent

Review

by VirtualBlaze USER (22 Reviews)
August 29th, 2015 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “That’s my aim: to make you feel something. Even if those feelings are negative or uncomfortable.”

Prurient is one of the many, many monikers of Dominick Fernow, a golden idol in the noise community. I found him because a review of his latest album, Frozen Niagara Falls, rated the album very postively. But I gave that album so many chances, and I still didn't enjoy it. Portions of it were physically painful to listen to. I did look up some of Fernow's other releases, of which there is an insane amount. Although I didn't like Frozen Niagara Falls, it made me a little curious. Someone on Sputnik directed me to Prurient's 2011 album, Bermuda Drain. It was supposedly an easier listen, being only 35 minutes long, and is a good gateway record that would ease me into some of Fernow's other works, such as the 12-hour-long, mind-crushing, soul-sucking noise of the album Penis Torture Chamber, released under the name Exploring Jezebel.

Before I state my opinion on this album, I would like to point out I am not a hardcore fan of the HNW genre. I am an outsider. This is something I am definitely not used to listening to.

Bermuda Drain starts off with a horrendous scream of agony on the first track, Many Jewels Surround The Crown. This scream, only seconds long, leads into a gaping void of distorted noise. And then, suddenly, eighties synthpop. Arpeggios of a melody and synth chords, accompanied by Fernow's harsh voice, speaking in an undertone. It is surprising, to say the least, but it sounds beautiful. I like to think that the scream and noise at the beginning of this track was to filter out the weaklings that stumbled across this album. When those people press play, they hear that cry of pain, and they would turn away immediately. But for those people who stick it out for this whole album, they're in for quite a treat.

Only a few minutes into this album is when the titular track appears. Bermuda Drain is one of the more mellow parts of this album. It contains ambient drone-like noises, with choppy sounds that fade in and out of volume, as well as recordings of industrial sounds. It's quite peaceful, with Fernow's voice being a little quieter on this track, and it's easier to understand. The next track, Watch Silently, quickly picks up in intensity. Fernow begins the track speaking in a quiet voice, like how he did in Many Jewels Surround The Crown. But in mere seconds, he begins to shout. He speaks like it's a severe strain on his throat to speak at all. However, it's in a very similar nature to the previous track. They're both industrial, and they both revolve around drone-like sounds and Fernow's voice. Only this track, Watch Silently, is so much more intense and chaotic. It's still fascinating, but in a different way.

The fifth track on this album is probably my personal favorite. The title is Palm Tree Corpse. It happens to be the second-longest song on this album, at just over five minutes. It contains these lush chords, and an easy-listening feel to the song in general. Fernow is repeating a simple phrase throughout most of this song. "If I could, I would take a tree branch and ram it inside you. But it's already been done." It's quite a violent turn, considering how quiet and kind the instrumental of this song is. All of a sudden, Fernow begins screaming at the top of his lungs, but the sounds of these screams are different from the rest of the album. Because the synths are so quiet, you can hear every minute detail of Fernow's voice. You can hear the insane beauty of it, and what he's saying. It's gorgeous.

There's so much to say about every song on this album, but I'm probably losing your attention by this point, so let's wind it down. Every song is beautiful, but each one has its nuances and new sounds, new ideas, new arrangements that make this album entertaining. But this isn't an easy listen. Although it is quite short, it takes a few attempts for everything to absorb into your head when you listen to this album, and I recommend you do. Bermuda Drain as a whole is peaceful, yet destructive. It's beautiful, yet repulsive. But every moment on this album is art, and more people need to take it in.



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oltnabrick
August 28th 2015


35835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably my favorite Prurient album

VirtualBlaze
August 29th 2015


660 Comments


Well, Fernow has released quite a few records that are HNW, and I've been told this record is supposed to ease me into that stuff. When I first listened to his harsh noise tracks, I really disliked them, but hopefully they'll grow on me after I listen to more Prurient.

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VirtualBlaze
August 29th 2015


660 Comments


Exactly, this album was a major change from what Prurient did before this. And I think you're right. I thought HNW captured more in the genre of noise, but it really is quite specific.
My statement in the review is still true, though. Before listening to Frozen Niagara Falls, I wasn't really a big fan of noise.

VirtualBlaze
August 29th 2015


660 Comments


Well, if someone were already a big fan of noise like this, or a fan of Prurient in general, they might be more likely to rate positively. But I am someone who just found out about this artist, and this kind of music as a whole, so I have a set of fresh ears I guess. Thank you for the feedback, though!

bach
August 29th 2015


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IF I COULD

I WOULD TAKE A TREE BRANCH

AND RAM IT INSIDE YOU

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bach
August 29th 2015


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i like the aggressive delivery of those lines. i'd say its better than whitehouse talking about how they wanna fuck kids tho

Graveyard
August 31st 2015


6362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very nice review. Have a pos from me sir.

Wizard
September 11th 2015


20146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review dude. Glad more people are getting into Dominick Fernow's work.

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deathschool
September 11th 2015


21929 Comments


Review lacks a bit of focus, and ends abruptly, but you piqued my interest, so I'll pos anyway. Try not to assume your reader doesn't want to be reading your review in the future though. It's not a great headspace to start writing from.

Wizard
September 11th 2015


20146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think Prurient is a total beginners PE band and it reflects in the reviewer. I actually understand where he's coming from.

oltnabrick
September 11th 2015


35835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band?

treeqt.
September 11th 2015


16894 Comments


my favorite pe https://soundcloud.com/babeisland/invincible-1

Graveyard
November 30th 2015


6362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The transition from Watch Silently to Palm Tree Corpse always catches me off guard.

oltnabrick
February 11th 2016


35835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BUT IT'S ALREADY BEEN DONE

Graveyard
February 11th 2016


6362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SPLITTING OPEN



YOUR HEART OF PALM

VirtualBlaze
February 15th 2016


660 Comments


Woohoo, 1,000 views on this review!



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