Current 93Black Ships Ate The Sky

Label:Durtro – DURTRO JNANA 2112, Jnana Records – DURTRO JNANA 2112
CD, Album, Digipak In Open-Ended Slipcase
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Experimental, Neofolk


Arranged ByMarc Almond, Michael Cashmore
Lyrics By [Text]Charles Wesley
VoiceMarc Almond
2Sunset (The Death Of Thumbelina)
Written-ByBen Chasny, David Tibet
3Black Ships In The Sky
Slide GuitarMichael Cashmore
4Then Kill Cæsar
Written-ByBen Chasny, David Tibet
Lyrics By [Text]Charles Wesley
Voice, Banjo, Tambura, Arranged ByBonnie 'Prince' Billy*
6This Autistic Imperium Is Nihil Reich4:03
7The Dissolution Of 'The Boat Millions Of Years'3:57
CelloIda Mercer
Lyrics By [Text]Charles Wesley
Voice, Harp, Arranged ByBaby Dee (2)
9Bind Your Tortoise Mouth
Written-ByBen Chasny, David Tibet
Lyrics By [Text]Charles Wesley
Voice, Arranged ByAntony (3)
11Black Ships Seen Last Year South Of Heaven4:07
12Abba Amma (Babylon Destroyer)
Performer [9.29.82 Galaxial Compositions]William Basinski
Lyrics By [Text]Charles Wesley
Voice, Psaltery, Zither, Harmonium, Arranged ByClodagh Simonds
14Black Ships Were Sinking Into Idumæa
Music By [Idumæa Section]Chris Carter (2)
Voice [Subliminal Threnodic Voice]Amy Phillips
Voice, Music By [Idumæa Section]Cosey Fanni Tutti
Written-By [Part One]David Tibet, Michael Cashmore
15The Beautiful Dancing Dust
Voice, Piano, Music ByAntony (3)
Written-ByAntony Hegarty, David Tibet
Lyrics By [Text]Charles Wesley
Voice, Dulcimer [Appalachian], Harmonica, Arranged ByAndria Degens
17Vauvauvau (Black Ships In Their Harbours)
ViolaWilliam Breeze
Written-ByBen Chasny, David Tibet
Lyrics By [Text]Charles Wesley
Performer [9.29.82 Galaxial Compositions]William Basinski
Vocals, Arranged ByDavid Tibet
19Black Ships Ate The Sky
ViolaWilliam Breeze
Voice [Subliminal Threnodic Voice]Amy Phillips
Voice, Guitar, Music ByDavid Tibet
Written-ByCharles Wesley, David Tibet
20Why Cæsar Is Burning Part II
Bass GuitarMichael Cashmore
Arranged ByIris Bishop, Shirley Collins
ConcertinaIris Bishop
Lyrics By [Text]Charles Wesley
VoiceShirley Collins

Companies, etc.



UK/European edition with scarlet cover consists of the album in a full colour digipak as well as a 56 page colour booklet containing an introductory note on the writing of the album by David, all the lyrics, details of those who created the album, colour photographs of all the Current 93 family on the album, website details for everyone, Hallucinatory Patripassianist colour illustrations and BlackShipText on each page, and the names of all those who supported the recording, and the release, of this album by subscribing to it in advance.

Tracks 12 and 17 have titles in Coptic, and there is a lot of Coptic text on the CD, booklet and cover.

℗ and © 2006

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Reader): 621617506022
  • Barcode (Text): 6 21617 50602
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 & 2): CA 2112CD @
  • Matrix / Runout (Inner CD Ring, variant 1 & 2): 05/03/06 11:00:58 AM
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI L039
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 1286
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 1258

Other Versions (5 of 12)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Black Ships Ate The Sky (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition)Durtro, Jnana RecordsDURTRO JNANA LP 2112UK2006
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Чёрные Корабли Поглотили Небо (CD, Album, Limited Edition, Special Edition, Slipcase)DurtroDSM 4028-06Russia & CIS2006
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Black Ships Ate The Sky (CD, Album, Promo)Durtro, Jnana RecordsDURTRO JNANA 2112UK2006
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Black Ships Ate The Sky (CD, Album, Digipak)Durtro, Jnana Records, Durtro, Jnana RecordsDURTRO JNANA 2112, Durtro Jnana 2112USA & Canada2006
New Submission
Black Ships Ate The Sky (2×LP, White Label, Test Pressing, Art Edition)Durtro, Jnana RecordsDURTRO/JNANA LP 2112UK2006



  • Carlodeguyo's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    This is one of those albums that I have to wonder, did I just listen to it tons of times when it came out, or how did I come to feel so intimately about it? It is challenging just like all the other 93 albums, but with a special grace: People who like noise/outsider music/experimental music can point to fine examples here--those who are purists of song and style can detect all kinds of classical/folk/pop content here (including the guest singers). Still the first incarnation of artistic passion here, right before moving to another body as David became a focused academic and visual artist in the coming years.

    To me, this album will forever be suffused with summer heat, the acoustics of a porch on a very hot summer night--then waking, frantically driving an hour at hot 7 am in Texas to make my summer-session Roman History class on time.
    • TheThresher's avatar

      Current 93’s 2000s albums are generally regarded as inferior to their 1900s ones…however 2006’s ’Black Ships Ate the Sky’ is a glaring exception, and in fact would probably get my vote for their best album ever.

      Melding the dreamlike stream of consciousness of later releases with the musical power of the Cashmore-era stuff, ‘Black Ships’ is an exceptionally realised work of art.
      • hyperfex's avatar
        The first track (with Marc Almond) lasts 03:28, not 03:22 - can anyone confirm this?
        It also seems to be the same version as the so-called alternative version
        on the companion album "Black Ships Eat The Sky" - although stated otherwise ...
        • Beyond_John's avatar
          He should do what he wants to do. This is a great album, not just within the C93 offerings, but in the world of recorded music at large. Overhyped? Seriously?
          • eliks_postindustry's avatar
            Edited 17 years ago
            A decent offering from C93, a bit overhyped, but still an interesting piece of mystical, apocalyptic music. Tibet should more frequently, and more often, invite his allies to sing his lyrics, therefore making the record more digestible, just like this one. He should also take more courage in departing from his usual jingle-jungle on a distorted guitar, and moaning poetic nonsenses like a medieval bard. His way is a bit more free here, which at the same time makes the album way more interesting and magnetic. Still though, it's C93 - bear that in mind.


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