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Boomkat Product Review:
35th anniversary reissue of Rudimentary Peni’s 2nd album of punk snot and spunk, conceptually indebted to H.P. Lovecraft
Rather than repeating the revved-up gothic deathrock styles of their legendary debut ‘Death Church’ (1983), Rudimentary Peni took another five years before they came out with 1988’s ‘Cacophony’, whose 34 tracks paid homage to the life and foundational horror aesthetics of Lovecraft - no doubt a huge influence also on the artwork of RP’s Nick Blinko.
The results are still as short, sharp and fierce as their predecessor album, but also weirder and more narrative-based, with Blinko switching between possessed snarl and spoken word as the music fulminates gothic horrors of pranging, gurning, distorted guitars and pummelling drums next to stranger detours into dirgey gothic prayer on ‘Beyond the Tanarian Hills’ and the manic gibber of ‘American Anglophile in the World Turned Upside-Down’.