Long-time stalwarts of the anomalous scene, Violence and the Sacred offer up another recording of, well, I guess conceptual mayhem. The title itself, an imperative, is indicative of their sadistic aesthetic. The first track, not so different from Conrad Schnitzler, is a sort of zany electrozoid excursion that may please some and may bore others. There are times when I kind of like it; others when find it rote and derivative. It all depends on the mood I’m in, particularly when it lasts nearly 20 minutes. I have no problem with songs going on 20, 40, 60 minutes or even longer, but this is essentially sequenced synth that I find no real relevance to the titular theme. In other words, it sounds a lot like ear-candy to me. Given the right circumstances, though, it could work very well. In other words, it’s ambivalent and I think ultimately that’s a good thing. I have to say, though, for purely bizarre insanity, this first track works wonderfully. It’s not quite as insane as, say, Mauve Sideshow’s sidelong explosion on their first LP, but it does the job nicely.
What makes the CD work, though, is what follows. Bizarre soundscapes, twisted sounds evoking the most absurd and surreal dreamscapes, forging some of the most bugged-out sonic lexicons imaginable. These save the recording, and not only that, distinguish it as a total grotesque beauty. Nevermind the first track. It’s for the bin. The rest of the disc makes this totally worth your while. May your loins be filled with disease. 9/10 -- P. Somniferum (9 September, 2009)