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Archaic EP [Vinyl]

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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold sleeve with full-size 16 page book of Nick Blinko artworks, bonus poster & digital download code. Digitally remastered edition of this 1995 album. Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric is a concept album by the band Rudimentary Peni. It has been rumored that the album was written while lead singer/guitarist Nick Blinko was being detained in a psychiatric hospital. The subject matter of the album is purported to be based on the delusions Blinko was experiencing at the time, particularly the idea that he was to assume the Papacy, and become the second English Pope in history.

1. One and All
2. Suffer
3. In Crematorium Flame
4. Lost
5. The Rain
6. Mercy of Slumber
7. The Curse
8. The Enlightened Dreamer
9. XN.H.S.
10. Farewell Tomorrow
11. House of the Void
12. Rehearsal for Mortality

Product Details

  • Vinyl (July 6, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Outer Himalayan
  • ASIN: B00026KGSI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Archaic EP' (Released 2004 / 12 Tracks) The most-recent 12-track EP from RP has a heavy, driving sound with the type of wordplay lyrics that makes RP so entertaining. The ultra-minimalist style which has been developing since c. 1995 is here realized in a concise 15 1/2 minute EP of classic RP; even the artwork is distilled yet typical. They've somehow managed to retain the recent heavy metal / acid rock sound, and yet make it seem like classic anarcho-punk. After a few listens, you'll be convinced you're listening to long-lost RP from the early days... but just not quite. How anybody could not love this release is beyond me.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moronic Ray Jackson on September 21, 2006
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This CD is mainly power chords and the deeper, angrier sounding voice of Nick Blinko. Completely different than RP's earlier albums such as "EP's of RP" or "Cacophony." It's slower and much heavier than their previous works. I'd say an average of 12 words repeated in each song (not the most profound lyrics)If you have taken a listen to the sound previews, pretty much all the songs sound the same... and they are pretty much are. Also, none of Blinko's amazing artwork will be coming with the lyrics booklet. Just white lyrics written on a black page. But hey, RP's a little bit older, little bit more tamed. Still worth a listen or two. If you are more into anarcho punk, listen to the albums mentioned.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Malone on December 21, 2004
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For the first time in over 15 years, this is a Peni record that I've really liked the first time I heard it. The last was Cacophony back in 1988 or whenever it was released. Years later they released Pope Adriatic, and I really disliked it on first blush. And second blush, and third blush... Eventually it grew on me and I came to enjoy it. But the next two records, Echoes of Anguish and The Underclass, have been out for a few years now and I've never warmed up to either of them. RP sounded very bored and "going through the motions" to me on those records, even though they were obviously trying hard to ape their own performances on Deathchurch and Farce. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but Archaic sounds to me like the best RP has done been a very, very long time. The writing, the playing, the singing, it all comes together in classic Peni fashion.

EDIT 4/23/14: Wow, this really weird. I'm taking a trip down memory lane, looking through my old reviews, and I notice that this one has somehow been moved over to the wrong record. This review was for Archaic, not Pope Adrian. What the hell?
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy DOG on August 2, 2004
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As a fan since the first record in 1981, every time this band releases something there is a fair reason to celebrate this is in no way a lesser party. I give this a 4 because it is still better then anything most people will ever put out but still comes second to the first 3 Peni releases, or two rleases if one is counting the first two EPs as one (which is how it was issued on CD).

Archaic is in the same league as Underclass and Echo's. It is a straight ahead kill shot with out fattty loose ends. There are no loopy moments here and the band still sounds as disturbed and gristled as ever. Anyone who likes the last two outings by Rudimentary Peni will like this one.
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