Boomkat Product Review:
Shockingly good collab from two extreme music titans: abrasive synth noise from Prurient welded onto Justin Broadrick's torched halftempo beat experiments. A loud and fucking dangerous meeting of minds.
Errr this one though. We've never been quiet about our enduring love for Justin Broadrick and the Brummie noizze/electronic set. His work over the decades as Jesu and Final or in Godflesh, Napalm Death or Techno Animal has been as influential as it has been exceptional, so the idea of him teaming up with Prurient for the final release on the Hydra Head label is just too perfect. The fact that it sounds like a long-lost Wasteland record (look 'em up if you're confused) kicked into the ashes of the US DIY basement noise tape scene just makes us even more giddy.
The two get off to a blazing start with 'Fear of Fear', evoking Godflesh with a fuzzy tidal wave of white noise vocals, chopped breakbeats and dense Renegade Hardware-esque hoover bass, before exploding into chunky d&b. None of this should surprise followers of either artist, but the power of their collaboration - a joining of dots between two generations of extreme electronic music - has to be heard to be believed. We've been wondering then the 2020 trip-hop revival might result in a rediscovery of illbient or surge of interest in the more bizarre hybrid blowntempo worlds of Scorn or DJ Scud, so trust a Brummie OG and US noise deity to jump in first, before anyone else fucks it up.
"Worship is the Cleansing of the Imagination" rattles through ideas quickly and efficiently, allowing room for each artist's personality to shine through at different times. 'Obedient Automaton' sounds more like Dominick Fernow's Vatican Shadow material channeled thru Broadrick's rack of overdrive FX, while 'Chosen Books' is pure Prurient, all hidden harmonies and pools of screaming industrial waste. Broadrick's impact meanwhile is omnipresent, not only does he serve as a primary influence for Fernow in the first place, but his fingerprints are on every aspect of the album, from the pace and mood to the color and texture of the sounds. Play LOUD.