Luminous Darkness

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Cyclobe is the project of Stephen Thrower, a member of Coil during the Scatology through Love's Secret Domain periods, and Simon Norris, whose work with Death in June in the 1990s is well respected. Drawing on both instrumental and sampled sounds run through a surfeit of processors, their first album, Luminous Darkness, creates a new genre of music that one might dub "psychedelic-industrial." Combing some of the better parts of Throbbing Gristle and Skullflower, Luminous Darkness is a slowed-down and psyched-out head trip, at once both dark and brightly precise. Another way to describe it would be as an album DJ Screw and Acid Mothers Temple would collaborate on. The linear form of "Inevitable Black Horn," which starts out with a half-speed industrial beat, is interesting. Synth washes are layered over the top until a sax comes in and blares a few startling lines, and then the track just ends. "Thinking, Feeling" is another track that builds really well. By the end of it, there's at least a dozen separate sounds all varying and vying for attention. Also good is "You're Not Alone, You're Dreaming," a percolating, romantic drift into interiors through music that turns epic and almost grand. The standout is "Nightcap With Nadir." Overall, it's interesting stuff, and once they clarify where all this is going and why, they could make a really great album.

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