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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, June 08, 2009
    Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain
    (Young childrens voices:)
    Almost in the beginning
    Was the murderer
    And I fell faceless
    Into the world...

    (David Tibet's voice:)
    Almost in the beginning
    Was the murder
    And I fell faceless
    Into the world...

    ... thus, in a throb of feedback and a shudder of power chords begins Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain, the latest offering from the absolutely unique worldscape of Current 93. Aleph is an Adam-like character and he is introduced here in sounds and visions so terrifying that you wonder: if this is the beginning, how is it all going to end? 'David Tibet has embraced a blistering rock aesthetic for his apocalyptic visions,' the people at Brainwashed tell us. I haven't much clue what he's on about a lot of the time, Tibet, with his gnostic-Coptic dark gospel obsessions. But he has a fearsome talent: when he recites lines like “my teeth are possessed by demons," they are startlingly convincing coming from his mouth. It moves me, scares me, thrills me, this genius stuff. Current 93 frighten me to life.
    “I live in an increasing awareness that a Love will come suddenly who will finally tear our skies apart,” Tibet wrote in the sleeve notes to Black Ships Ate the Sky. Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain is the most preposterous warning yet of its imminent arrival; a vital reminder that the end of the world, if we choose, will also be the triumph of love. [from the Plan B review]

    Free Download of Invocation of Almost, the album opener quoted above, from the Durtro Shop