Buried Secrets (EP)

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Buried Secrets
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EP by
Released1992
RecordedAugust & October, 1991 at Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Genre Avant-garde jazz, grindcore
Length26:24
Label Toy's Factory, Earache
Producer John Zorn
Painkiller chronology
Guts of a Virgin
(1991)
Buried Secrets
(1992)
Rituals: Live in Japan
(1993)
John Zorn chronology
Heretic
(1992)
Buried Secrets
(1992)
Grand Guignol
(1992)

Buried Secrets is the second EP by Painkiller originally released by Toy's Factory in Japan and Earache in the UK, featuring guest appearances from Justin Broadrick and G.C. Green from Godflesh. Broadrick described the release as the result of various jams and improvsational sessions. [1]

Painkiller is a band that formed in 1991, combining avant-garde jazz and grindcore. Later albums incorporated elements of ambient and dub.

Justin Broadrick Record producer, musician, singer

Justin Karl Michael Broadrick is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band Godflesh, one of the first bands to combine elements of extreme metal and industrial music. He was briefly in the English grindcore band Napalm Death when he was a teenager in the mid-1980s, writing and recording guitar for Side One of Napalm Death's debut album, Scum. Broadrick has also maintained a parallel career as a producer, producing records and remixes for groups such as Pantera, Isis, Mogwai and Hydra Head labelmates Pelican. Since 2012, he has been releasing hard techno music under the solo moniker JK Flesh. Broadrick has set up record labels such as HeadDirt, Avalanche Recordings, Post Mortem Productions, Lo Fibre and Heartache.

Godflesh English industrial metal band

Godflesh are an English industrial metal band from Birmingham, England. The group formed in 1982 under the title Fall of Because but did not release any complete music until 1988 when Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green (bass) renamed the band and decided to use a drum machine for percussion. Melding heavy metal with industrial music and later with electronic music and dub, Godflesh's innovative sound is widely regarded as a foundational influence on other industrial metal and post-metal acts and as significant to both experimental metal and extreme metal.

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Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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The Allmusic review by Steve Huey states "Although this is experimental music, it works quite well — it's actually more sinister and menacing than many death metal groups. Very dark and very disturbing, 27 minutes is almost too much to handle." [2] Guy Peters stated "Sometimes I wonder what it is that makes me check out music like this. Is it the brutality, the ugliness, the potential to offend, the randomness, the explicit cover art? Most people wouldn’t even call this ‘music’ when facing a .44 at close range. It must be the sheer extremity of it all that attracts me... Buried Secrets isn’t even a good album, but it sure is an experience." [3]

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Tortured Souls"1:52
2."One-Eyed Pessary"1:50
3."Trailmarker"0:03
4."Blackhole Dub"3:29
5."Buried Secrets"6:13
6."The Ladder"0:22
7."Executioner"2:48
8."Black Chamber"2:28
9."Skinned"0:54
10."The Toll"7:26

Personnel

John Zorn American composer, saxophonist and bandleader

John Zorn is an American composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music. He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions, which he identifies as avant-garde or experimental. Zorn was described by Down Beat as "one of our most important composers".

Bill Laswell American musician

William Otis Laswell is an American bass guitarist, record producer, and record label owner. He has been involved in thousands of recordings with many collaborators from all over the world. His music draws from funk, world music, jazz, dub and ambient styles.

Mick Harris commonly known and credited both as Mick Harris or occasionally M.J. Harris, is an English musician. He's generally credited for coining the terms 'Blast beat' and 'Grindcore' to describe his ferocious drumming attack and the genre he helped create and popularize.

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References

  1. Collepiccolo, Luca (April 1992). "Godflesh – Into the Void". Blast! (in Italian): 12–15.
  2. 1 2 Allmusic review accessed July 22, 2011
  3. 1 2 Peters, G. Guy's Music Review Archived 2012-07-19 at the Wayback Machine , accessed October 23, 2013