Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination

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Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination
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Studio album (split)by JK Flesh & Prurient
Released December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)
Genre
Length
  • 34:05
  • 54:19(Japanese release)
Label Hydra Head (HH666–236)
JK Flesh chronology
Posthuman
(2012) Posthuman2012
Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination
(2012)
Nothing Is Free
(2015) Nothing Is Free2015
Prurient chronology
Time's Arrow
(2011) Time's Arrow2011
Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination
(2012) Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination2012
Through the Window
(2013) Through the Window2013

Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination is a split album between experimental musicians Dominic Fernow under the pseudonym Prurient and Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh and Jesu) under the pseudonym JK Flesh. [1] Released on vinyl on December 11, 2012, Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination was the final release of new material by Hydra Head Records, [2] the label founded by former Isis member Aaron Turner.

A split album is a music album which includes tracks by two or more separate artists. There have been singles and EPs of the same variety, which are often called "split singles" and "split EPs" respectively. Split albums differ from "various artists" compilation albums in that they generally include several tracks of each artist, or few artists with one or two tracks each, instead of multiple artists with only one or two tracks each.

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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.

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Critical reception

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Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination received positive reviews. Maya Kalev of Fact wrote that the album was a trimuphal and fitting end to the Hydra Head label. [3] Pitchfork writer Grayson Currin said, "These six tracks provide heaviness in a half-dozen different ways, a functional and fitting elegy for an imprint that achieved that mission with enviable consistency." [4]

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Hydra Head Records is an independent record label that specializes in extreme metal music, founded in New Mexico by Aaron Turner in 1993. It has another imprint, Hydra Head Noise Industries, which specializes in experimental and noise music.

Track listing

All music composed by JK Flesh.

No.TitleLength
1."Fear of Fear"5:20
2."Deceiver"5:35
3."Obedient Automaton"5:26
Total length:16:21

All music composed by Prurient.

No.TitleLength
4."Chosen Books"5:52
5."Entering the Water"4:34
6."I Understand You"7:18
Total length:17:44 (34:05)

Notes

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