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Monday, March 16, 2015

[TumorCD76] Theologian - Pain Of The Saints



5 years have passed since Navicon Torture Technologies' 2009 masterpiece finale, The Gospels of the Gash, and the last time Lee Bartow recording something specifically for release on Malignant, so it is with great honor and pride that he is welcomed back into the fold. During this span, primary releases on Crucial Blast and Handmade Birds have established and solidified his "new" project, Theologian, as a consistent and fruitful source for epically scaled and sprawling industrial soundscapes, and the 2CD set Pain of the Saints continues that trend, laying forth a dizzying 2 ½ + hours of music. Once again, Bartow has sculpted an impeccable and highly detailed excursion into tortured yet brilliant realms, where contrails of burning frequencies and blackened atmospheres intersect with densely concentrated rhythmic pulsations, ethereal, blissed-out shimmer, and the majestic monoliths of smoldering, post-apocalyptic desolation. There's a lot to absorb here, but the focus is precise even as the palate of sounds is broad and varied, a true testament to the deft skills of someone who's spent the last 15 plus years creating some of the most inventive and revolutionary sounds in modern industrial music.

Label: Malignant Records
Cat#: TumorCD76
Artist: Theologian
Format: Album, 20 x File, Digital / 2 x CD
Released: 07 January 2015
Artwork & Mastering by John Stillings
Largely produced in collaboration with Fade Kainer (Statiqbloom / Batillus), and featuring the core trio of Lee M. Bartow (aka Leech), Matt Slagle & Fade Kainer
Includes contributions from David Castillo (Primitive Weapons / White Widows Pact), Joan Hacker (Factoria / Heroine), Christiana Key (Delphic Oracle), Matthew Melnick (Darkside NYC / Disassociate), Eric Morgan (A Pale Horse Named Death), Jessica Way (Worm Ouroboros / Barren Harvest), and more.

01. Savages - 13:09
02. Infection - 08:11
03. Serpentine Angels - 06:22
04. Piss And Jism - 08:53
05. Gravity - 09:34
06. Without Trust, Your Love Is Meaningless - 06:41
07. Of Foulness And Faithfulness - 04:50
08. Iron Pierces Flesh And Bone Alike - 03:45
09. You Are The End Of The World - 09:07
10. Sainthood Is Suffering - 07:31
11. The Lies Of The Past Become The Prayers Of The Future - 06:23
12. Suppuration - 09:49
13. Witchfinder - 05:14
14. Their Gelded And Rapacious Hearts - 10:17
15. Deprivation - 04:45
16. Blessed Prey - 11:02
17. With Eternal Derision - 04:12
18. Redemption Is An Impossibility - 06:06
19. It Was You Who Taught Me Indifference - 09:38
20. Self-Flagellation As Faith - 11:22

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