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Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Coptic Cat
  • UPC: 061297127825
  • Catalog Number: 4
  • Sales rank: 138,781

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Current 93 Primary Artist
Rickie Lee Jones Vocals, Guest Appearance, Group Member
Steve Stapleton electronics, Group Member
David Tibet Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Group Member
Matt Sweeney Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
William Breeze Viola, Electric Viola, Group Member
Baby Dee Piano, Hammond B3
Keith Wood Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Andria Degens Vocals, Appalachian Dulcimer, Group Member
Andrew W.K. Bass, Piano, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Finger Bells, Group Member
Andrew Liles Guitar, electronics, Group Member
Alexander Neilson Percussion, Drums, Group Member
James Blackshaw Piano, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Group Member
John Contreras Synthesizer, Cello, Group Member
Ossian Brown Organ, Synthesizer, electronics, Group Member
Sasha Grey Vocals
Henry Rousham Vocals
William Breeze Sampling, Electric Viola
Alex Neilson Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Current 93 Composer
Steve Stapleton Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
David Tibet Composer, Producer, Artwork, Audio Production, Text
Jake Rousham Engineer
Andrew Liles Producer, Audio Production
Ossian Brown Sound Architect
Robert Sands Engineer
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