Boomkat Product Review:
Avant-folk-rock heroes Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano’s regroup Rangda as the tightest, free-formed instrumental trio in The Heretics Bargain.
From tricksy takes on classic motifs, to black holes of atmospheric diffusion and arabesque whorls, the trio are almost unfeasibly dextrous and fluent in their delivery, drawing upon a deep well of worldly, groundwater inspiration in eight concise and fiery blasts.
“Ever since the trio of Sir Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano banded together, the supergroup moniker has stuck in Rangda's collective craw. We only meant: gee, what a super group! It's boss stuff, kids! But whatever, and what's done is done - The Heretics Bargain takes a nail gun to that idea's coffin and buries it ALIVE, firmly reinforcing Rangda as a band with a shared intuition, instead of the sum of three separate (though insanely great) parts.
After years of recording and touring together, Bishop and Chasny's guitar playing has mutated via some kind of lateral gene transfer of their musical DNA, and the rhythms ridden by Rangda feel mutually funded (though Corsano's beat-making is as fine-lined and rawly inspired as ever). The Heretics Bargain takes territories that Rangda explored on their first two albums - the abraded fury and free forms off False Flag and the serpentine Rang-dang-doodle songatechture from Formerly Extinct - and evolves them further into a grand unified I-know-I-don't-know-what-it-is(but-I-like-it) development in music.
Lots of ground is covered, but it's all part of the same earth. Until you fall off the edge in the end.”