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Boomkat Product Review:
Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ presents an expression of survival in the face of extinction with When's elaborate concrète tribute to The Black Death, or Svartedauen, which wiped out two-thirds of the Norwegian population within a few years after 1349 AD. Prompted by a series of grim drawings on the subject by Theodor Kittelson - one of Norway's most renowned artists, who is also responsible for a number of classic Burzum album artworks - 'The Black Death' was, perhaps understandably, a firm favourite with Norway's burgeoning Black Metal scene upon release in the summer of 1992, offering a portal to uther realms, temporalities, with frighteningly surreal sonic depictions swept up and framed by the sounds of gnawing rats, splintering wood, panicked Harding fiddle strings and gibbering voices. As Lasse Marhaug's press release sagely nods, "musically it fits somewhere between Nurse With Wound's dadaist studio experiments and Luc Ferrari's dramatic narrative environmental sound poems". It conjures an infectiously febrile atmosphere of abject, apocalyptic despair as trippy as we've ever heard, and then some, all crisply rendered and detailed for incredibly immersive effect.