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Evil Chords and Jazz Flourishes
The California black-metal project Xasthur is one guy, Malefic. Malefic is Scott Conner. Scott Conner makes music that sounds as if it has gangrene. “All Reflections Drained,” Xasthur’s largely instrumental new record (Hydra Head) is misery on misery: unapologetic cardboard-box drums, background muttering, disorienting echoes, a guitar sound like cold, granular gas. And, yeah, there’s something to it.
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