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THEOLOGIAN - A Means by which to break the Surface of the Real

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Nothing under the Sun # 1 / Redscroll Records RSR013
Release Year: 2015
Note: four new tracks, improvised in the studio with diverse guest musicians... "Tortured screams reach out over the tumbling industrial workings below. Low register whispered meanderings slowly rise to meet those screams. Machines rhythmic drones fold in on the voices. Sirens invite and warn. Sink into the synthetic abyss." lim. 500
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"We at Redscroll Records are very excited for our first release under the Nothing Under The Sun imprint. It is very fitting that it is with THEOLOGIAN, a long-time compatriot and embodiment of the direction we intend to take with Nothing Under The Sun, distorting the known into the unfamiliar. A Means By Which To Break The Surface Of The Real features DAVID CASTILLO of PRIMITIVE WEAPONS / WHITE WIDOWS PACT, DANIEL SUFFERING of WHORID, as well as contributions from MATT SLAGLE and engineer KEVIN D. REILLY JR., who has periodically worked with Lee M. Bartow since the earliest incarnations of Navicon Torture Technologies (back in the mid-late 90s). Tortured screams reach out over the tumbling industrial workings below. Low register whispered meanderings slowly rise to meet those screams. Machines rhythmic drones fold in on the voices. Sirens invite and warn. Sink into the synthetic abyss." [label info]

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"Another nod to Hellraiser is found in the title to this vinyl only release from the larger than life project Theologian. Lee M. Bartow, the author and creator of Theologian's death-synth epics, has stated that Clive Barker's horror stories are fundamental to his work, even referencing the Hellraiser books as his bible in various interviews. In this quote, we are introduced to the puzzle box that when solved opens a portal into another plane of existence, with any number of demonic characters to be found on the other side, Pinhead included. The roar of big machines endlessly churning, boiling, and grinding with an infernal purpose is heard throughout this album, with the side long B-side "Truthseeker's Pick" emerging as some sort of hellish field recording of sulfuric vents, locomotive clatter, and metal-on-metal clank with nothing but misery and pain to be experienced in such a realm. The album's introductory track "God Comes As A Wall" finds Theologian screaming into the void of a collapsed black hole, crushing rock, building, planets into a singular thrum of cataclysmic white noise. "The Sun Failed To Rise Today" is a continuation of the plodding industrial dirges that Theologian crafted on the mighty Some Things Have To Be Endured, spiralling with spectral noise, megalithic rhythms, and soaring mechanized screams. The shortest number makes for one of the more intriguing pieces in "Surface Of The Real" with its subaquatic techno pulsations bracing the clarion melodies for guitar and / or voice. Limited to 500 copies." [Aquarius Rec.]