Thursday, April 1, 2010

Martyn Bates & Mick Harris-Murder Ballads (Incest Songs)

This is a volume from a three album cycle that can be had for a few dollars. I say download it, but you might want to cough up a few bucks and get the rest since it's so good. Martyn Bates might be known to some as the voice behind Eyeless in Gaza (another great band), and Mick Harris should surely be known to many of you (Napalm Death, Painkiller, Scorn, Lull, etc.) But don't expect anything grind. This is a hard one to draw analogs with. Maybe later day Scott Walker when he's at his most experimental. This album sets traditional English ballads (in this case all of them address themes of incest) against dark, drifty, sound scapes. It almost feels like you're falling into a vortex when this comes on. Oh, so dark.


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