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Bermuda Drain by Prurient
Released: Jul 2011
Label: Hydra Head Records
In a lot of ways, Bermuda Drain sounds unlike anything else in Prurient's discography. Yet this doesn't mean he's completely ditched his roots in noise -- it's more like a considerable reconfiguration. The album attempts to merge his love of emotionally charged power electronics and the (relatively) melodic synth-pop he makes as a part of Cold Cave. It's a challenging and often uneven fusion. When it fails ("Palm Tree Corpse"), the music feels pretentious and overwrought; when it succeeds ("There Are Still Secrets") it sounds like OMD and Ministry collaborating on a black metal album.
Justin Farrar
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