Crucial Blast Loves Minotaur

I was captivated by Minotaur's Obsession as soon as I set eyes on the cover. On it, a hallucinatory collage of disembodied eyes float around an attractive young woman clad only in a bra and thong, her back to the viewer, casting a beguiling, heavy-lidded glance over her shoulder. This vaguely nightmarish night-scene evolves into something much darker as you open the album and find the high contrast images of intricate rope bondage and fetishistic modeling, juxtaposed with an older glamour shot of an unknown woman. This all ties together with the thematic influence of Anais Nin's 1977 collection Delta Of Venus; this classic piece of literary erotica provides the raw material for the lyrics on Obsession, as well as the seething eroticized energy that oozes across the ten tracks. This is the first full length album from Minotaur, the duo of James Keeler (Wilt, Hedorah) and George Proctor (Mutant Ape, Sump), and it's nowhere near as excruciating as you might think it would be. What these guys have created here is one of the creepiest power electronics albums I've heard, taking scenes of debauched sex, virulent lust, and controlled violence and setting them to a backdrop of pounding metallic rhythms, tumescent black synthesizer drones that feel as if they are eating right through your stereo speakers, and muted noise walls. The electronics are thick, malevolent, oppressive, more musical than pure noise. It's the vocals that really add that extra dose of intoxicating nastiness to Obsessions pervasive haze of black lust, morphing from deep, pitch-shifted mutterings, to heavily-delayed whispers that crawl deep under your skin, to militant barking demanding submission. You could compare this to some of the newer Prurient material as well as the pitch-black electronics of Theologian, but Minotaur's own Philosophie dans le boudoir smolders with a dark carnal violence that is uniquely it's own. A fucking phenomenal album, highly recommended to anyone into forward-thinking power electronics. Limited to two hundred copies.


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