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decimus - 11
**Incredible, impossible-to-categorise mass of complex electronics, shards of stray instruments, found sounds and ghostly echoes - edition of 500, initial copies on coloured vinyl** For the last 18 months or so, the No Neck Blues Band's Pat Murano has steadily assembled a nebulous and incredible body of work under the Decimus handle. Working to an arcane concept cycle revolving around the Roman zodiac of astrologer and poet Decimus Magnus Ausonius (ca. 310-ca.394), previous instalments have appeared in stunning hand-painted editions on Alga Marghen's Planam and his own Kelippah label before reaching this penultimate station, #11 of 12. Not only is it possibly "the weirdest record we've ever put out on Digitalis" according to Brad Rose, it's also one of the most compelling in an already fantastic series. It's music that defies categorisation, a malleable and shapeshifting mass of elemental sonics twisted, rubbed and decimated with alchemical knowledge and pineal vision, manipulating the senses and the psych with a deeply uncanny, psychotomimetic potential. Entering the rabbit hole on side 1, jagged post-metal riffs accrue in a martial tattoo that somehow gives way to a dense mass of sonics like Arthur Russell jamming with Native Indians at the Astral Social Club. DMT spirals of stray noise and pulverised industrial clangour consume the listener before an apocalyptic chorus rises from the ashes triggering a pyroclastic flow of sheet glass synths and petrifying subterranean noise. And that's only the A-side. Turn over and the trip skips a beat to banking guitar noise and what is seemingly the sound of an alien transmission received thru ceramic earthenware in Eritrea. A miasma of black metal charge engulfs the scene, subsiding to something like the sound of ElpH jamming with Pete Swanson at the Nazca lines, convoluting the whole thing beyond recognition or any logical perceptions. This album will consume you in the best possible way, leaving an indelible black hole in the mind that you'll struggle to shut once opened. SO damn good - Highly recommended.