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Boomkat Product Review:
Spellbinding doublepack documenting the Orthodox Christian firewalking rituals of rural Northern Greece circa 1979. Reissued by ΚΕΜΑΛ, the promising new sub-label of badass techno imprint Berceuse Heroique, with additional Vatican Shadow and Pete Swanson interpretations, it captures the scene in remarkable clarity, from the crisp loud thud of percussion to hypnotic strings punctuated by the sharp inhalations and gasps of eponymous devotees performing the Anastenaria ritual.
Sequenced along with recordings of the burning coals, background sounds and solo string performance, it makes for a genuinely immersive survey of devotion and the occult drawing clear parallels between sensory heightening modern day club rituals and ancient religious sacrament. To make that connection more tangible, the reinterpretations transcend time and space with canny, faithful appropriations of the original samples (marked in reverse order on the jacket!), with Vatican Shadow at his Muslimgauze-like best melding the texture of the originals with rugged, rolling rhythm harking back to his amazing 'Ornamented Walls' LP, and Pete Swanson seemingly trampling on nuclear waste. Factor in suitably eye-catching artwork by Will Bankhead and you've got yourself a winner.