Capra Informis - Tunnels of Qliphoth

by Rob Taylor Rating:8 Release Date:2017-07-07

Emerging again from the shrouded forests of a Swedish hinterland comes the arterial collective, Capra Informis, a freeform off-shoot of Goat. Maintaining the ironic ruse of anonymity in a mainstream world forgoing all things private, Northern Sweden must be one of the only places on earth remote enough to ward off social media. Clearly there’s contrivance at play here. According yourself the status of true cult makes the droning astral-jamming seem more authentic, as if organically rooted in a mysterious subculture. Still, whether they’re dissecting forest kill amid the flares of dancing torches, or downing Dugges/Omnipollo Anagram Bourbon Barrel Aged Blueberry Cheesecake Stout in the rather more prosaic setting of a downtown hipster bar, the weird and wonderful music they make speaks for itself.

Tunnels of Qliphoth is yet another wondrous journey into musical religiosity. The mantric chanting of the title track drones on with little variation, and the djembe keeps an ominous backbeat. It’s the prelude to a medieval bloodletting sacrifice, intercepted by some crunching organ which lands three plodding chords straight out the prog-rock hymn book. It could be excessive hypnosis except it lasts only 5 minutes and is instead a perfectly judged preamble to the main event.

The main event being ‘Ho Drakon Ho Megas’, a frenetic musical compound of cinematic funk, African tribal rhythms and post-rock which releases your subconscious mind, and substitutes the more primal urge for hedonistic dance. The djembe, instead of being here the blunt instrument of portentous doom, is the aphrodisiac of movement. Wonderful stuff.

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