Croppled Lucifer CD (2008)

Artist: Burning Witch

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Label Zyx Music
SKU 206211313
UPC 808720000221
UPC 14 00808720000221
Format CD
Release Date 1/15/2008
Author Burning Witch
Associated Artist/Work Goatsnake
Technical Info
Engineer Steve Albini
CatalogID SNN 02R
Lable Name Southern Lord Records
Released 01/15/2008
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 95m : 49s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00808720000221
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Randall Dunn.
Liner Note Authors: Chris Dodge; Aaron Turner.
Recording information: Robert Lang Studios, Edmonds, WA (09/1996-03/1997).
Photographer: Seldon Hunt.
Exactly ten years after the original release of Burning Witch's only full-length album, Crippled Lucifer, comes this expanded two-disc edition from Southern Lord -- the label that was essentially founded by this greatly revered document of '90s crust-doom-sludge. Fact is, the initial version of Crippled Lucifer, released in 1998, was actually a compilation of seven tracks culled from two separate EPs, named Rift.Canyon.Dreams and Towers..., and so the primary goal of this two-disc reissue is to present them in their original sequence while adding a pair of rare tracks previously available only on long out of print split singles. In short, the 2008 edition represents a bona fide, near-career-summing Burning Witch anthology that successfully reinforces their lasting impact on the funeral doom/sludge underground -- the group's wider cult status having only been achieved some years after their breakup. A decade on, seminal creations like "Sacred Predictions," "Sea Hag," "Stillborn," and "Communion" still awe with their frightening commitment to unfathomable darkness; darkness emanating from Stephen O'Malley's decayed, severely detuned guitar thunder, Edgy 59's disturbing, alternately haunted or tormented, throat-destroying wails, and the terminally ill percussive pulse that deliberately pounds iron spikes into each song's freezing cold, Ninth Circle of Hell atmosphere. And as for the two resurrected bonus cuts on display: the bludgeoning, soundtrack-to-a-murder that is "The Bleeder" swerves into feedback-infused Southern sludge terrain (think Eyehategod, Cavity, etc.), while "Rift Canyon Dreams" (the song) harks back to the earlier project Thorr's Hammer, with its hopeless, primeval drones. Incidentally, fans familiar with that short-lived outfit will actually find Burning Witch far easier to stomach and, arguably, also far more enduring in terms of their subsequent influence upon the extreme doom underground. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.75) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The effect is strangely awesome. Like being engulfed by lava, only slower."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Gollumesque vocals are submerged by feedback-scarred guitar, sludge bass and grindingly slow anti-rhythms."
Disc 1
1 Scared Predictions,Warning Signs
2 Country Doctor,Stillborn
3 Tower Place,History Of Hell (Crippled Lucifer)
4 Sea Hag,Communion
5 Bleeder, The,Rift.Canyon.Dreams
Disc 2
1 Scared Predictions,Warning Signs
2 Country Doctor,Stillborn
3 Tower Place,History Of Hell (Crippled Lucifer)
4 Sea Hag,Communion
5 Bleeder, The,Rift.Canyon.Dreams
Product Attributes
Artist Burning Witch
Music Format Compact Disc

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