Boomkat Product Review:
Arikon’s thistly “drum & drone” session The Prophet’s Blood Is Boiling churns up myriad references to soundsystem pressures, industrial sub-genres and Jewish mysticism in a fierce solo début album of biting point distortion and roiling rhythms.
Using similar production techniques to those in his Gainstage duo with Pierce Warnecke, Arikon sculpts and dry-freezes a decaying world of polyrhythmic clatter and seething drones across the album’s eight tracks, combining a drummer’s dexterity and rhythmic timing with an unflinching approach to noise dynamics that sets this record apart. And when coupled with the arcane nods to ‘beasts of holiness’ - mythological creatures that appear in the Hebrew bible and Jewish apocrypha (non-canonical scriptures) - it becomes a fearful prospect as evocative as the still ‘dead’ cover image.
If you’re a right rum type, tracks such as the swaggering opener City Cum Temple with its cattle-prod EBM stabs and keening heft, the shuddering Nahash Akalaton, and the title track’s pendulous boulder drums will make for prime dance catalysts, but they’re better considered as part of a whole, which comes on in destructive waves to reveal moments of aching ecstasy in Shadow Of Leviathan, and glorious cinematic invocations such as Ziz Saday Imadi.