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30 tracks, 43 minutes. Remastered version of the outsider punks’ highly acclaimed 1988 album, unavailable on vinyl for 15 years. Remastered from the original analogue tapes. All original artwork presented in fine detail. CD version in gatefold sleeve with 20 page lyric booklet. Also available: Vinyl edition comprises 180g black vinyl, gatefold sleeve, poster, 8 page full size lyric booklet and download card; and a limited edition shirt featuring the cover art.
Cacophony was originally released in 1988, after a lengthy hiatus following the Death Church album in 1983. The album's subject matter repeatedly references the life of New England horror writer and misanthrope H.P. Lovecraft, and is hailed as a classic benchmark of outsider punk.
Four years after the release of Death Church, Rudimentary Peni surprised us by returning with Cacophony. At the time it confounded and delighted fans in equal measure. With retrospect it is considered by many to be the band's masterwork, as well as one of the most visionary and radical works in the history of British punk. Cacophony could be considered a concept album in the sense that its spirit is obsessed with the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Musically it is a glorious melting pot of noise-punk, heavy guitar riffs, experimental rhythms, and psuedo-pop melodies. What is truly remarkable is the vocals of Nick Blinko, who throughout the 43 minutes of Cacophony assumes at least a dozen personalities and moves from punk screams to vaudevillian characterisations to Shakespearian monologues to pop choruses, and back again. Fans of HPL will find many reference points to delight them, whilst even those who have never read the work of the horror writer will come away from Cacophony feeling as if they have been immersed in one of his stories. Throughout the album, a sense of the darkest black humour pervades - we are the audience for a kind of grotesquely jovial pantomime of word-play and musical adventure. Most definitely a headphones-on, lights-off experience.
Total Running Time: 42:43
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