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Kevin Drumm
Imperial Distortion (Hospital) CD

 Proper full-length albums by Kevin Drumm are as rare as hen’s teeth and infinitely more precious. While there have been some recent limited edition solo cassette and collaborative releases, it’s been dog’s years since his last solo work, 2002’s scorched-earth mindblower, Sheer Hellish Miasma (Mego). Now, at long last and with little in the way of fanfare or promotion, he’s uncorked another breathtaking album. It is as awe-inspiring and thoroughly disquieting as its illustrious predecessor. In many respects, it’s a continuation of the mood set by “Clouds,” the subdued drone that closed out the otherwise thoroughly ferocious Sheer Hellish Miasma. And though there is little hellfire and brimstone until the closing moments of disc two, the underlying feeling throughout is no less apocalyptic. The six extended pieces are superbly executed drones rich with quavering harmonics and dreadful beauty. Even at its most pleasing and lovely (as on “Romantic Sores” or “We All Get It In the End”— and, really, the titles speak volumes), it’s intensely and powerfully unnerving. Brilliant.

—Susanna Bolle

 

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You have convinced me. I must own this CD!!!