Husk ‎– The Abattoir

Fourth Dimension Records ‎– FDS31, Dying Earth Records ‎– DE004
Vinyl, 7", Limited Edition, Numbered

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A The Abattoir (Part One)
Guitar – James MachinPercussion [Metal], Keyboards – Richard Johnson (4)Percussion, Percussion [Metal], Keyboards – Paul Dudeney
B The Abattoir (Part Two)
Guitar, Bass [Distant] – James MachinPercussion [Metal] – Andrea ParsonsPercussion [Metal], Keyboards, Tape – Richard Johnson (4)Percussion, Percussion [Metal], Keyboards – Paul Dudeney

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Both pieces mixed/produced 25/3/92.

Numbered Edition of 500 copies.
Generic black labels on the vinyl.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): DE 004 / FDS 31 A¹ LIFE IS AN ABATTOIR ....
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): DE 004 / FDS 31 B ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END . . .
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped on both runouts): [SNA logo]

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May 22, 2012
"The Abattoir Part One" is a strange thing consisting of a groundswell of growling, prowling distorted guitar, slow, distant drums & clattering assortments of metal percussion, all flattened out into a spatial mass of sound, an uneasy soundscape of noises very much alive but refusing to form into anything even approaching a tune. As such it is an atmospheric exercise, and it works it's logic into the mind of the listener (it's a long track, played at 33rpm), becoming more interesting as it goes on, despite it's apparent lack of tonal variation. "The Abattoir (Part Two)" again is a long track, this one more mysterious, using a certain amount of hiss as part of the growing, swelling track. It emerges out of the swirling white background on fast pattering percussion (mixed far enough back to be just broken fragments of noise). It doesn't demand much from the listener, remaining instead as a curious sonic wallpaper hinting here & there at disguised & hidden images, snatches of human voice held within it's amorphous noise body. HUSK is the solo project of RICHARD JOHNSON, although on this he is assisted by PAUL DUDENEY, JAMES MACHIN & ANDREA PARSONS (the latter on the second part only).

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.