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Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain

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Invocation of Almost
On Docetic Mountain
26 April 2007
Aleph Is the Butterfly Net
Not Because the Fox Barks
As Real as Rainbows
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 53:41

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A posh metal masterpiece of spiritual mayhem


A definite ggggggggggggggem of 2009 comes from hidden England and it's incomparable sky pilot of re-reborn christians everywhere: David Tibet. "Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain" is yet another, slightly askew but none the less divine discourse of what I would consider the "answer" to the age old questions which have plagued frustrated Vicars and beleaguered holy men down the ages: "Where are the true believers?", "How do we get more kids to go to sunday school?", "How do we induce logical, perfectly healthy adults to cleave to their Gods in a way that doesn't make them come off like complete nincompoops whom you feel compelled to, at all costs, not make eye contact with?" and the answer is a storyteller, a saintly bard with enough esoteric knowledge to set Thomas Bullfinch on a head scratching bender, a bard grounded in boundless faith with both feet planted firmly in the cringeworthy soil of the human condition.

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Blasted blues carved from a conceptual monolith that might well be David Tibet’s most inflamed vision since The Inmost Light, Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain is the sound of Current 93 at their most bruising. Sonically, it is a smorgasbord of feedback and electronics, shrieking shots and shocks of imagery that commence their assault on the opening “Aleph Is the Butterfly Net”; dip for the contrarily hushed “As Real as Rainbows,” with its snatches of speech and conversation whispered out by a guesting Sasha Grey; and then implode again around the sepulchral “Invocation of Almost,” guitars screaming like incendiary bombs while Tibet recites with almost Biblical solemnity over a carnage that is all the more effective for its unpredictability. It is arguable whether Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain could be considered Current 93′s heaviest album, since the nightmare loops of their ’80s output also sleep beneath some of Tibet’s tenderest melodies: “On Docetic Mountain” is mournfully beautiful because of, not despite, the riffs that scythe across the cellos; “Poppyskins” is epic regardless of the absence of any obviously ear-catching embellishments; and “UrShadow” could have been culled from almost any Current 93 album, at almost any time. This is the beauty of Tibet’s constantly shifting and eternally mesmerizing vision; at his best (and this album is up there with any of it), he is not simply timeless. He eclipses time altogether. – Dave Thompson

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