Theologian - Some Things Have to be Endured (Digipak CD)

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The latest offering from NY synth-death master THEOLOGIAN (aka Leech, also the mastermind behind the renowned power electronics/death industrial outfit NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES), "Some Things Have To Be Endured" features eight new tracks of punishing black industrial, apocalyptic darkwave frequencies, and nerve-rending electronic deathscapes. "Endured" is a collection of collaborations between Theologian and a lineup of female vocalists/artists from both within the industrial / noise / dark ambient / coldwave realm and beyond, with contributions from Rachael Kozak (HECATE), Kristen MacArthur (SEWER GODDESS), Rachel Maloney (TONIKOM), Nikki Telladictorian (PROMETHEUS BURNING), Patricia Benitez (FETISH DRONE), Gillian Leigh Bowling (TELOAHQAAL), Christiana Key (DELPHIC ORACLE), Joan Hacker (FACTORIA), Shari Vari (VOID VISION), and professional opera singer Melissa C. Kelly. The tracks shift from grinding industrial dread to ethereal coldwave beauty, blasts of rumbling blackened synthcrush met with washes of haunting electronic melody, while always remaining rooted in THEOLOGIAN's bleak, jet-black industrial sound.

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Track listing

  1. Black Cavern Myopia
  2. The Conjoined Deviant Procession
  3. Writhing Corpus Landscape
  4. Gore-Stained Ramparts
  5. Like Love, Only Real
  6. Grand Guignol
  7. Ectothermism
  8. Welcome to the Golden Age of Beggars

Review

Every track in this LP is stellar, there's not a single moment of weakness, nor overpowering strength, it's a coherent vision in totality. You get harshness, oppressive noise, and even light, beautiful vocals over ambient states of being, with no particular track shining over the others, it's a freaking Gestalt organism practically... Perfect is barely the word we need to describe it. - 5/5