The Black Hand is the first part of a trilogy on black vinyl investigating the power of deep drone and extreme sound and the beast that is creativity and sound. The Beast in Man should be exercised, not exorsized. The Black Hand is like something covering your face. It's getting hard to breathe, man. Visions are blurry. But the sound is razorsharp and clear. The Skull Defekts were for this recording Henrik Rylander on no-input mixing desk and feedback units and Joachim Nordwall on Drone Machine and effects. Cover design by infamous artist Fredrik Söderberg.
About The Artist :
The Skull Defekts was formed by Henrik Rylander and Joachim Nordwall in early 2005 when Nordwall’s band Kid Commando decided to end their eight-year career as knights of the sweatiest avant rock existing. Rylander had been experimenting with feedback for a few years after the death of the infamous Swedish garage rock outfit Union Carbide Productions where he was the pulse, rhythm and founding member. Quickly they teamed up with legend Jean-Louis Huhta who’s been a key character in the Swedish underground music scene since the mid 80’s, and the quartet was complete when Daniel Fagerström joined after Eric Olofsson left the band after the recording of Blood Spirits & Drums Are Singing (Conspiracy Records). They have collaborated with DAMO SUZUKI, WOLF EYES, CM VON HAUSSWOLFF and LASSE MARHAUG. Inspired by bands like Section 25, Lungfish, PiL, 23 Skiddoo, Arthur Russell, Cabaret Voltaire, A Certain Ratio, Brain Bombs, dub, noise, funk, techno, and tribal ritual drumming – The Skull Defekts are kings of their own sound.
Well this is damn good. I’m struggling to describe it, but here goes: Birthday Party era Nick Cave arthouse post punk with a stoner rock vibe to the production. Whew!
The bass drives the music and there is considerable variety between the songs. They tag it as, among others, psychedelic rock, and while I’m not sure I hear it, this lines up nicely with other recent standout additions to my collection like Hochen, Dreamtime, and Black Rainbows, who also use that tag. So maybe it’s just me. Lute FP