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Inerrant Rays of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder)

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This is the American CD version of the collaborative EP by Om and Current 93. The original was issued by Neurot on a 12" in the summer of 2006. There are two versions of this set. The difference is that the covers on the British edition are unique. In Great Britain, Current 93 is listed first, and on the American version, Om is. There are also separate takes on the cover presentation. More importantly for fans of C93, the British version of their track "Inerrant Infallible (Black Ships at Nineveh or Edom)," is significantly different from the one presented here. Om's cut, "Rays of the Sun/To the Shrine Builder" is the same. Om's track is a bludgeoning, wondrous bass and drums rock assault, a single riff played over and over with a simple drum kit hammering home the four/four rhythm. Vocals are done drone style as they were on Conference of the Birds. But make no mistake, this is heavy music with a killer little break that changes tempo in the second half of the cut as the drums play breaks to illustrate the transition, though the riff is only slightly changed. "Inerrant Infallible..." is perhaps the most sonic cut David Tibet and C93 have cut in some time. Nightmarish, visionary, delirious, pondering, in full-on distorted bagpipes and electric guitars, this sounds like John of Patmos laying out the prelude to the Revelation, or perhaps even after, drained, half mad, in exile on an island and prophesying from his own experience. But it's Tibet who has visions perhaps no less profound and terrifying that those credited to the book of Revelation. It's all high sonic drone, feedback, and Tibet's sweet, nasal, slightly out of key voice. The piece needs no drums because it's so pronounced in its rhythmic attack in inverted waltz form. This is a fantastic set of music; only 16-minutes long, it nevertheless renders the listener nearly speechless when it's all over. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rays of the Sun/To the Shrinebuilder - Om
  2. Inerrant Infallible (Black Ships at Nineveh or Edom) - Om


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Durtro / Jnana
  • ASIN: B000HEZC20
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By C. Wey on January 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Given that OM has only laid down five songs in the course of two full-lengths, any new non-album material is a godsend. Fortunately their side of this split is one of their best tracks, starting as perhaps the most uptempo OM song yet before shifting back to their familiar lurching tempo about halfway through. It's only about 8 minutes long but it holds its ground against the best of their extended takes like "At Giza".

Unfortunately your enjoyment of the Current 93 side will probably depend on how much of a David Tibet devotee you are, because there isn't much going on here besides his lyrics. An incredibly repetitive (and increasingly annoying) fuzzy organ(?) line soldiers on practically unchanged for the entire 7:50 duration; any other instrumentation I lost in the morass. It seems as if Tibet was trying to match styles with OM, but his track feels paper-thin compared to OM's ribcage-rattling intensity.

This is still essential of OM fans, but Current 93 fares better on his own records.
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"Rays Of The Sun/To The Shrinebuilder" is probably Om's best track - faster than most of the other material featuring Chris Haikus, and with the best riff Al has dreamed up in some time. On the other hand, while Steven Stapleton has made some interesting music, his track here with Current 93 is NOT it. fewer stars have been awarded for that and for the high price - if you can find the Om track for legal download, that's certainly the way to go.
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I totally agree with one of the other reviewers that stated that this Om track is their greatest - it's much "faster" and more uptempo than their other work.At well under ten minutes,its almost a "speed metal" song(ha!)by Om's standards!I can listen to it over and over....So good.

The other track,well,blows.I tried on a few occasions to give it a chance.Dont care how "good" the lyrics are,it's just plain annoying!After you hear it a few times,trust me the first few seconds will have you diving for the skip button...

So,consider this essential for the Om addict.All others may well indeed feel short-changed....
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This could very well be Om's finest track so far, in my humble opinion. What a great, driving riff. A lot of fans cluck their tongues at the notion that Om should follow in the footsteps of Sleep, but that's precisely what they're doing here. This bolsters my hope that At Giza was merely a novelty song, and not an indication of Om's direction in the future.

I got through about 45 seconds of the Current 93 track before I had to stop. Yech. This is a one track Om disc as far as I'm concerned.

EDIT: I just spent the evening listening to every track Om has released thus far, including Bedouin's Vigil from the previous split. This is definitely the best thing Om has done so far. No question.
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