Unclassifiable and with boundless originality, SHUB-NIGGURATH blends influences of MAGMA, ART ZOYD, UNIVERS ZERO and KING CRIMSON with echoes of PENDERECKI. From this unique alchemy comes a feverish, violent, intense and dark music in which the listener … see full wiki
Shub-Niggurath is an entity in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulu mythology. People would sometimes come into contact with the otherplanar entities such as Shub-Niggurath and would face the not-so-great consequences of insanity or death. stuff of which you would shudder to think, but their existence is so alien that makes the limits of human existence and cognition seem truly pathetic and hopeless. so much for the, erm, literary inspiration... The music is basically zeuhl, the primary reference is of course MAGMA, but where Magma's music takes one's spirit to soaring heights, Shub-Niggurath drags one through the lovecraftian abyss -- doom, fear, darkness, dissonance. for what it is worth, my translation of the french title is _The Dead Go Quick_ or something.
As always the main melodic tool is the vocals, here the harrowing soprano of Ann Stewart. Motivic cells are developed in an expressionistic landscape of ascending and descending chromatic chord progressions on electric guitar, piano and trombone. However, the zeuhl-stylings here are channeled through utter darkness and evil. The guitar solos are more like the tortured, primal sounds of early Bathory solos than anything from jazz or rock or fusion. The percussion owes more to modern classical than jazz as well. The painfully slow opening song, "Incipit Tragaedia", is a masterpiece of spiky textures, clench-fisted chords and modern harmony, with ghostly vocals. "Yog Sothoth" is abstract and horrible, feels like being eaten by the band's namesake. "La Ballade de Lenore" is minimalist, haunting and strangely pretty until it culminates with neurotic funk The last track, too long to type out by name, an unabashed miasma of brutality. music like this could be all too easily labelled pretentious, but the compositional skill is incredibly careful and evocative, and and can invite no complaints.
i hope you have this album already. otherwise, you must have boring musical taste or are simply too frightened to face this awesome nightmare.