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NYC's Margaret Chardiet aka Pharmakon churns her guts out in this bloodied follow-up to her acclaimed album debut, 'Abandon' (2013).
Four days before she was supposed to fly to Europe, touring in support of 'Abandon', Margaret had a medical emergency which resulted in major surgery and the loss of an organ. 'Bestial Burden' was realised during this time, written and fleshed-out whilst she came to terms with the situation; "I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage.
I began to explore the idea of the conscious mind as a stranger inside an autonomous vessel, and the tension that exists between these two versions of the self.” The results manifest Pharmakon's most affective piece of work, a claustrophobic and deeply unsettling suite of six wretched, gasping industrial deviations amplifying her internal conflict to harrowing degrees from the panic attack of 'Vacuum', thru the howling frustrations of 'Body Betrays Itself', to the possessed terror in 'Bestial Burden'.
Aye, it's not for the faint hearted.