Xasthur – Subliminal Genocide

xasthur_120306_submliminalThe talk online of Xasthur’s sell out due to this union with Hydra Head Records is comical. Granted, it is a weird union, but the music seeped out by the ever prolific Malefic remains true to form down to the last note. I’ve made it no secret that this musical specter has long since wore out its welcome with far too many substandard releases, never really recapturing the spirit and agony found on “A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors” and “Nocturnal Poisoning”, I was quite surprised as of late to have enjoyed the recent output by this suicidal entity. “Subliminal Genocide” is what you’d expect from this “band” in every aspect…. in fact, for more of a widespread release, the production remains bleak and off in the distance, yet the music just seems to bleed with the misery found in Malefic’s back catalog. The whole of this album is slow to mid paced and very depressing making it almost calming/hypnotizing to listen to as waves of nausiating notes drift together like the smoke rising from a blood stained cigarrette after a nasty evening of self mutilation. Distant screams feel displaced and full of regret, like cries from the ghost of a residual haunting. Dismal sounds and the unshakable emotions of loss and dread are at the center of “Subliminal Genocide” and even though I have grown to tire from the collective output of Xasthur, Malefic’s sound and vision remains unique to itself, regardless if select releases simply come off as rehashed. “Subliminal Genocide” is more of the same, yet somehow a definite step back into his own catalog to a time where his music seemed so much more vital and truly scary. – Marty

~ by martyworm on January 3, 2009.

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