Skullflower

Skullflower

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Evolving out of Pure (6) and then Total (2), Skullflower debuted in 1988 with the self-titled EP on Broken Flag (aka Birthdeath).

Over the next decade the band would release a lot of noise/psychedelic rock albums (with Matthew Bower and Stuart Dennison as the only members to appear on all their releases from that period) before going on hiatus after the 1996 release of This Is....

The band returned in 2003 with the release of Exquisite Fucking Boredom, sometimes as a solo vehicle for Matthew Bower and sometimes with other members such as Samantha Davies and Lee Stokoe (Culver).
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Skullflower Discography

Albums

BFV 10 Skullflower Form Destroyer (Album) Broken Flag BFV 10 UK 1989 Sell This Version
SX 008 Skullflower Xaman (Album) Shock SX 008 UK 1990 Sell This Version
HD 01 Skullflower IIIrd Gatekeeper (Album) hEADdIRT, Permis De Construire Deutschland HD 01 UK 1992 Sell This Version
NOISEVILLE #40 Skullflower Last Shot At Heaven (Album) Noiseville NOISEVILLE #40 US 1993 Sell This Version
RRR CD11, RRR-CD-11 Skullflower Obsidian Shaking Codex (Album) RRRecords, RRRecords RRR CD11, RRR-CD-11 US 1993 Sell This Version
vhf#15 Skullflower Carved Into Roses(CD, Album) VHF Records vhf#15 US 1994 Sell This Version
SFTRI 325 Skullflower Transformer(CD, Album) Sympathy For The Record Industry SFTRI 325 US 1995 Sell This Version
FRR012 Skullflower Argon(CD, Album) Freek Records FRR012 UK 1995 Sell This Version
BF78 Ramleh / S.F.* Ramleh / S.F.* - Adieu, All You Judges(CD) Broken Flag BF78 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HD 04, CD HD 04, none Skullflower Infinityland(CD, Album) hEADdIRT, hEADdIRT, Permis De Construire Deutschland HD 04, CD HD 04, none UK 1995 Sell This Version
vhf#23 Skullflower This Is...(CD, Album) VHF Records vhf#23 US 1996 Sell This Version
TM212 Skullflower Exquisite Fucking Boredom(CD, Album) tUMULt TM212 US 2003 Sell This Version
CBR45 Skullflower Orange Canyon Mind(CD, Album) Crucial Blast CBR45 US 2005 Sell This Version
CBR 55 Skullflower Tribulation(CD, Album) Crucial Blast CBR 55 US 2006 Sell This Version
HB-18 Skullflower Abyssic Lowland Hiss(CDr, Album, Ltd) Heavy Blossom HB-18 UK 2007 Sell This Version
URCD015 Skvllflower* Desire For A Holy War (Album) Utech Records URCD015 US 2008 Sell This Version
TA378 Skullflower Circulus Vitiosus Deus (Album) Turgid Animal TA378 UK 2008 Sell This Version
none Skullflower La Noche De Walpurgis(CDr, Album, Ltd) Not On Label (Skullflower Self-released) none UK 2008 Sell This Version
NNF133 Skullflower Taste The Blood Of The Deceiver(LP, Album, Ltd) Not Not Fun Records NNF133 US 2008 Sell This Version
TA309 Skullflower Pure Imperial Reform(CD, Album, Ltd) Turgid Animal TA309 UK 2008 Sell This Version
NOISEVILLE #91 Skullflower Vile Veil Noiseville NOISEVILLE #91 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Skullflower The Paris Working(CDr, Ltd) Not On Label (Skullflower Self-released) none UK 2009 Sell This Version
SLR002 Skullflower Malediction(CD, Album, Ltd) Second Layer Records SLR002 UK 2009 Sell This Version
Posh Isolation_010 Skullflower / Limepit Skullflower / Limepit - Skullflower / Limepit(LP, Ltd) Posh Isolation Posh Isolation_010 Denmark 2009 Sell This Version
NR 067 Skullflower Strange Keys To Untune Gods' Firmament(2xCD, Album) Neurot Recordings NR 067 US 2010 Sell This Version

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thezovietdada

thezovietdada

April 16, 2008
Despite the fact that it has recently turned into more or less a different incarnation of Hototogisu (not a bad thing really, but it isn't really Skullflower either), Skullflower in its early days was a glorious antecedent to everything people thought noise, psychedelia, and punk were supposed to be. It combines everything that sounds perfect on paper (and it's perfect in real life too), stomping doom-garage riffs, harsh layers of hallucinatory feedback, open but dark isolationistic ambience, a power electronics derived (considering the resume of its members) obsession with death and deviancy, a tendency to break open into extended, unstructured improvisation, but return to form just when it gets excessive enough (that doesn't mean any god damn fade offs once everyone starts soloing, to half quote Steven Stapleton). This is noise and this is rock, but this ain't goofy mathcore made by college students. It's everything hard psychedelic music ever wanted to be (I think of how much territory Skullflower covers that stoner rock is supposed to but fails miserably).

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