Sword Of Heaven - Entrance
Back in the day, presumably before technology changed our lives into a paradise, someone once said that our lives are nasty, brutal, and short. Sword of Heaven sure dig that, and probably would say we haven't progressed that far in our present lives. We have more toys, but inside we are still raging. "Entrance" is raging full on outside, using that same technology to scream at the
Demons on the inside as well.
This is the band's first full-length record, after a seemingly endless series of 7 and 12 inches, tapes and CD-R tracks over the years. Still, it is only about a half hour long, though that seems fine, as this is one draining, caustic ride. Arty, decadent and determined to deafen you with a barbaric yawp from hell, singer Mark Van Fleet admonishes and screeches, ably keeping up with the overwhelming sonic assault behind him.
Drummer Aaron Hibbs keeps a relentless attack going, virtually owning "Town Hag" and "Entrance." As if the assault as expected wasn't enough, tracks like "Skinned and Glued" and "Faceless Nameless" add screeching horns to the mix, which force the remaining nerve endings to surrender, as they must have before Albert Ayler jumped off the bridge.The violence, nor the fascination, never ends with Sword of Heaven. "Entrance" ought to make them a little more widely available, and they deserve it. Do you
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