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Skullflower : IIIrd Gatekeeper

This is a very heavy album, but that is hardly a surprise to those in the know. 'IIIrd Gatekeeper' was originally released in 1992, a time when bands like Godflesh had already cited Skullflower as one of their main inspirations. Fans of Godflesh or Jesu probably already know this album, so this review is mainly targeted to those who will allow me to introduce it to them.

'IIIrd Gatekeeper' is slow, heavy, and full of sludgy riffs and industrial attitude. At times the music is extremely bleak as on 'Center Puss' or extremely spacey as on 'Sasturnalia', a song that brings to mind the works of many 70’s experimental German bands. Even more, on 'Rotten Sun' the band isn't afraid to show respect for this period or the influence of Pink Floyd. Actually, the song sounds similar to 'Floyd's 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun'.

There is really no point in me picking out highlights, how could that be possible? We should thank Crucial Blast for re-issuing this album though. 'IIIrd Gatekeeper' is like the musical counterpart of Tetsuo: The Iron Man by Shinya Tsukamoto because both works of art share the same feel, texture and influence on the things that came after them.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Can You Feel It?
2. Black Rabbit
3. Larks Tongues
4. Center Puss
5. Saturnalia
6. Rotten Sun
7. Vanadis
8. Godzilla
9. Spoiler

Duration : Approx. 63 minutes.

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Reviewed on 14-06-2009 by Dimitris Plastiras
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