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The Soft Pink Truth - Why Do the Heathen Rage? (2014)

9-06-2014, 09:16
Electronic | FLAC / APE

The Soft Pink Truth - Why Do the Heathen Rage? (2014)

Artist: The Soft Pink Truth
Title Of Album: Why Do the Heathen Rage?
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Thrill Jockey
Genre: Electronic, Experimental, IDM
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 39:40 min
Total Size: 102 / 250 MB


1 Invocation For Strength
2 Black Metal
3 Sadomatic Rites
4 Ready To Fuck
5 Satanic Black Devotion
6 Beholding The Throne Of Might
7 Let There Be Ebola Frost
8 Buried By Time And Dust
9 Maniac
10 Grim And Frostbitten Gay Bar

The Soft Pink Truth is the solo alter ego of Drew Daniel, one half of celebrated Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos. After a decade of silence in which Daniel concentrated on Matmos and becoming a Shakespeare professor, The Soft Pink Truth is set to release Why Do the Heathen Rage? whose subtitle Electronic Profanations of Black Metal Classics reveals its bizarre agenda as an unrequited love letter to a justly divisive genre. A gleeful queer travesty of black metal s undying obsession with kvlt authenticity, Why Do the Heathen Rage? is also a formally precise homage executed with a scholar s obsession. With the guitar chord transcription assistance of Owen Gardner (Teeth Mountain, Horse Lords) and a coven of guest vocalists, including Antony Hegarty and members of Locrian and Wye Oak, Daniel meticulously transposes the riffs, structures and patterns of black metal chestnuts and deep cuts by Darkthrone, Venom, Mayhem, Sarcofago and more into oddly hybrid new forms. Cruising camp absurdity by forcing a sticky tryst between the two mutually incongruous early 90s subcultures of rave and black metal, the results are bracingly strange on first listen, but curiously addictive as the album sinks in.

Imitating the countless black metal albums that begin with ominous intros, the album commences with Invocation for Strength , a spoken word track in which a Radical Faery poem used by gay activist Arthur Evans in his classic Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture is read by Drew Daniel and Antony (Antony and the Johnsons). After this queer hymn, the rhythmic assault begins with an industrial gabber take on Venom s genre-founding song Black Metal , featuring vocals by Baltimore artist Bryan Collins and screams from Daniel. Stark trap beats and rave synths meet two-step house bounce on Sadomatic Rites, originally by Beherit, whose electronic opus H418ov21.c was an inspiration to Drew as he was making this album. Adding a witchy twist to an underground metal classic, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Dungeonesse) lends her smoky, soulful voice to an orgasmic house deconstruction of Sarcofago s redlight anthem Ready to Fuck. After a surprisingly sensitive guitar led intro, Satanic Black Devotion erupts with full on screaming vocals from Terence Hannum (Locrian), paired with IDM beats, synthetic banjo, and a rather glaring plunderphonic re-working of a recognizable dancefloor classic. Side Two kicks off with a stark, vogue-ball inspired rethinking of Darkthrone s Beholding the Throne of Might , with whispered vocals from London based free improviser/composer Jennifer Walshe and a spoken interlude from David Serrotte of the vogue ball crew House of Revlon. The goth factor spikes on Buried by Time and Dust , in which Daniel s Matmos partner M.C. Schmidt croaks the lyrics to the vampiric Mayhem original on top of MIDI harpsichord while a moldy 808 drops the Planet Rock beat. In an Ouroboric final gesture, the album concludes with a paroxysmic take on Grim and Frostbitten Gay Bar by Impaled Northern Moonforest, the parodic fake black metal project of Anal Cunt s Seth Putnam. A blizzard of snippets of pop, house, crust and metal are shredded and smothered in lo-fi screaming and arctic field recordings, ending the album on suitably contradictory notes of mockery and celebration. The album s controversial artwork, which will remain redacted for the time being due to the extreme content it portrays, fits those themes as well, depicting a volatile, extremist scene undergoing a long overdue queerification, coming out rich and strange, shiny and pink.

The Soft Pink Truth was started in 2001 when legendary UK house producer Matthew Herbert challenged Drew to make a house record, resulting in the project s slyly funky debut album Do You Party?, which Herbert released on his own Soundslike

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