For our third Harvest’s Yield giveaway, we are celebrating the brilliant work of Martin Bladh and his infamous IRM project with his latest full-length, Closure…, courtesy of the ever-impressive Malignant Records. As the label has defined it:
“Active since 1998, Sweden’s IRM have consistently been at the forefront of redefining the concept and pushing the boundaries of power electronics. ‘Closure…’ marks the end of a trilogy that started with the ‘Indications of Nigredo’ 12” on Segerhuva and continued with the ‘Order⁴’ CD (2010) on Cold Meat Industry. Four years on, IRM now release the grand finale on Malignant Records. While the last album flowed between opposites and extremes, this new opus marks a kind of a return to more familiar ground, where traditional song structure and melody occasionally appear and are more suited to the shorter track timing. That’s not to say that this is an easy listen – this can be an electrifying and highly charged listen, that feels visceral and almost physical in nature, and there’s plenty of nightmarish circumstance to wade through. But the omnipresent narrative feel ultimately gives these recordings a nuanced and soothing edge. People familiar with subjects associated with IRM, such as flamboyance, exclusion and theatrical immersion will also find a home here this time around. Harder to grasp is what kind of existentialist limbo the perpetrator here resides in. Redemption – not likely. The album also features the stellar performances of English cellist Jo Quail and Swedish percussionist Ulrik Nilsson. Includes 20 page booklet.”
All you need to do to win this release is leave a comment on this article telling us your favorite Malignant Records / Black Plagve release, and more importantly, why. We will select the winner based on the best answer, or at random if none stand out. The winner will be announced on December 20th, 2014.