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Bestial Burden

Sacred Bones

Oct 20, 2014 Pharmakon Bookmark and Share

On the eve of her first European tour, Margaret “Pharmakon” Chardiet was admitted to hospital where she had a cyst removed that had collapsed one of her organs. This harrowing experience formed the mind-versus-body concept of her new record Bestial Burden. Given Pharmakon’s bludgeoning noise aesthetic, had her inspiration been “the back of a Lucky Charms cereal packet” she’d have still produced something utterly terrifying, but Chardiet’s brush with mortality seems to have added extra weight to her disturbing compositions. Bestial Burden opens with the sound of Chardiet’s desperate panting, closes with insane laughter, and in between there’s a whole heap of truly frightening slow-tempo metallic clatter. Listen to it on your way home in the dark, and you’ll become convinced that the sewer-dwelling fiend from 2004 horror-flick Creep is about to grab you by the neck and start operating on you without anaesthetic. Help! (

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