Boomkat Product Review:
Contemporary industrial supergroup Sightless Pit - ft. members of The Body and Full of Hell - meets a wild group of collaborators - Yoshimi0 & Gangsta Boo (R.I.P), claire rousay, Foie Gras - on a 2nd album of thee crankiest, technoid dub noise RIYL The Bug, Al Cisneros, Death Grips, Justin K. Broadrick
Slathered with red-lining distortion and seething with the vocal personas of its multiple cameos, ‘Lockstep Bloodwar’ is a feral beast that transcends the sum of its parts. The nine cuts find gristly variation within a theme extant since the scorched earth of early Godflesh, meshing matted-hair guitar textures and unholy exhortations to a swaggering ballast borne of hip hop, dub, and crunchier industrial grooves. You know the steez, and arguably Sightless Pit excel in that fetid niche of mutant industrial rock with the sort of album that puts a shark-eyed purpose in headphone commutes or brings demons to the surface in home listening rituals.
The whole thing benefits from critically bloodied production by Seth Manchester, whose work has sealed killer bits by The Body, Lingua Ignota (previously a member of Sightless Pit), Uniform, and the likes of Lightening Bolt or Liturgy, and lends everything a venomous bite here. We’re talking massive highlights in the trench jazz noise of ‘Calcified Glass’, with rabid vox from Boredoms Yoshimi0 and, quite madly, 3SixMafia’s pioneering female MC Gangsta Boo, who passed away on 1st January this year, long before her time. At another pole, ‘False Epiphany’ provides relative respite with its lusher pressure system perfused by emo-ambient star claire rousay, beside lacquer-cracking death metal howl and charred bass. Factor in the club-ready industrial might of the album’s title tune, and the heck-raising tempest ‘Morning of a Thousand Lights (was False Epiphany)’ and you have one of 2023’s sturdiest entries for the heavy music.