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Sacred Bones

Released: 16.08.19







At once his most accessible and uncompromising work to date, Benjamin John Power’s latest electronic battery is an album laced with contradictions. Largely dispensing with conventional beats, it’s a record which shares as much DNA with black metal as any traditional form of electronica – yet while its skittish rhythms resolve to pummel listeners into oblivion, Animated Violence Mild is hardly lacking sheen, both in its production and perverse melodicism.

Perhaps the most overt case comes during its early stages, where the fiendishly intense Death Drop and brain-sapping rave of Hush Money are intersected by a fully-fledged pop song in House vs House – albeit the most spliced and schizophrenic you’re likely to hear all year. An exhausting, deceptively vibrant return.


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