Testimonials of the Coming Apocalypse: Voodoo Pharmacolagy
destroys the world
Voodoo Pharmacology does it again with Radio Testimonials
of the Coming Apocalypse.
latest album weaves a dreamy dystopia where grinding
chords meet exotic drones. RTotCA gets experimental
without going completely mad scientist and losing
some of the sound that makes Baltimore's Voodoo
Samsara" is a twisted big tent revival long
after society collapsed. Weaving exctatic chants
and hymnals, the real "Voodoo" kicks in
with crunchy cords, tight picking and signature
deep, dark vocals to rain fire and brimstone on
that picking: Voodoo Pharmacology threads plucked
banjo (or mandolin) in a few songs to great and
distinct effect. In "Asphalt and Tumbleweeds,"
the picking is front and center. Without getting
twangy, they give the track an almost western sound.
In "Pilgrim's Moon," the picking is present
but sharp notes give an almost Irish folk feel to
it, evoking caravans over foggy moonlit moors.
Fanaid Grove" takes that theme a little further
with a short, beautiful solo by a female vocalist
who is at once hopeful and mournful for a future
that will not be.
is a powerful funeral durge for the end of civilization.
If the world ends, I hope it sounds like this.
subtly stalks you on the horizon like hungry wolves
and then rushes in with the fury of mad highway
bandits. If Firefly had this soundtrack, it might
still be running. It's that good.