March 4, 2009

March 04, 2009 10:20 PM

REVOLVER issue # 75

The 15th solo album by erstwhile Swans songstress Jarboe is her most inspired release since her 2003 collaboration with Neurosis, full of tribal avant-metal songs, thick with meditative guitars and orchestral strings that stay grounded thanks to Swans/Unsane skinsman Vincent Signorelli’s pulse-perfect drumming. Jarboe’s hydra-headed vocals vary from waif whispers to shrieking litanies and work organically with her supporting cast, while guest turns by Phil Anselmo on “Overthrown” and Mayhem frontman Attila Csihar on “The Soul Continues” act as foils to her operatic range. Heavy and hypnotic, the album confirms Jarboe as a musical visionary.

– Patrick Kennedy