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A last word in isolationist doom, JK Broadrick inhabits his Final alias for a crushing split/collaboration with spiritual spawn Alberich, for whom Final’s mid ‘90s singles are a vital touchstone.
Embarking on proper scorched earth terrain, ‘A Second Is A Year’ vacillates solo, duo, and remixed cuts of drone and gristle between the master and his accomplished acolyte, who birthed the project as a response to Broadrick’s Final 7”s for cult labels Fever Pitch Music and Manifold. The project has since expanded to integrate the looming presence of Broadrick on the recordings, who meets Alberich trudge for trudge in a skull-reverberating collaboration, plus two bitterly sore remixes turgid with his signature, concrete estate gaze synths and empty belly guitar groan.
Extant since roughly 1983, when Broadrick was pursuing more experimental dronescapes away from his formative duties in Napalm Death and Godflesh, the Final project has consistently been the place to go for Broadrick’s bleakest visions. It’s not hard to hear how this sound has influenced Alberich’s own, bombed out industrial panoramas, and the results of their combined efforts are effectively manna for lovers of eschatological atmospheres.
Alberich pushes off with the stately synth pad darkness of ‘Valkyrie’ and stakes more gloaming zones also recalling Lussuria in ‘It Doesn’t Make Anyone Happy’, while fulminating phosphorous synth noise in the self-explanatory ‘Wretch.’ At its core Justin Broadrick lends his coldly strung out guitar tone and vocals to EP highlight ‘Take You Away From Here,’ and seals the deal with more cinematic remixes of Alberich’s originals, at best in the screwed ’Valkyrie Slow (Final Remix)’ that sees us off into the abyss.