Basilisk (2013 Remaster)

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Gregg Russell
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Gregg Russell I love the muted sound of Basilisk. Its a haze with bits of Curse woven in between the Stigmata songs. One can feel the themes of loneliness and sorrow.

Methods is one of my favorite LPD tracks, I love this version. I keep it on repeat. Favorite track: Methods (version).
RTW
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RTW All of these early cassettes are more coherent in this form than they were compiled and expanded on CD 10-15 years ago. This one has a very soft, sophisticated sound to it unlike anything else in the Dots' oeuvre, and could be the soundtrack to an elaborate avant garde ice skating performance called "The Flesh Parade." It sounds a bit like tracks that weren't deemed commercial enough for Curse. (Also, this new cover painting is astonishing.) Favorite track: Basilisk 2.
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Basilisk (2013 Remaster)

Memories flood back when listening again to this cassette album from way way back .Some of the earliest roots of what would become "curse" are there; there are remnants of the abandoned "Stigmata" project .
This was intended as a concept album about a sculptor who went mad while trying to sculpt his perfect lover .An arm fell off and he ran riot with his chisel , hacking and destroying everything in sight. The planet fell to pieces, heaven fell to pieces and he was brought before God who bore a plaster over his left eye ,but was sympathetic to those who acted in the name of love. The sculptor's "punishment?
You guessed, he had to re-sculpt the universe.
Sadly abandoned ,but fragments are plentiful. Then there's Basilisk 2 with those ominous field recordings from Notre dame cathedral in Paris.
Basilisk has it's own flavour, and this remaster admittedly leaves off the bonus tracks which adorned the reissue cd, and hopefully respects the atmosphere of the original. less a remaster , more a clarification.

Original cassette release by Third Mind Records.Reissued on cd by Beta-lactam Ring Records.

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released March 4, 2013

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