Musically, Bestial Burden is a considerable step forwards for Chardiet, a feat that’s more impressive when considering that the genre she works in doesn’t necessarily call for artistic growth. Before releasing Abandon, Chardiet established her presence with a run of small-press releases similar to many noise musicians past and present, so that record wasn’t so much her debut as it was an introduction to a somewhat wider audience. Still, chaos reigns on Bestial Burden, an album that sounds like anything but a safe space to inhabit. Chardiet’s steadier focus on rhythm provides a sound structure nonetheless annihilated by jet-engine roars, bursts of mechanical heat, and ear-bleeding screeches.
Bestial Burden by Pharmakon, released 14 October 2014 1. Vacuum 2. Intent Or Instinct 3. Body Betrays Itself 4. Primitive Struggle 5. Autoimmune 6. Bestial Burden Four days before New York noise musician Margaret Chardiet was supposed leave for her first European tour as Pharmakon, she had a medical emergency which resulted in a major surgery. Suddenly, instead of getting on a plane, she was bedridden for three weeks, missing an organ.
Or so it would have seemed. In preparation for a tour in support of that album, Chardiet was suddenly hospitalized due to a large cyst that collapsed one of her organs.
Album · 2014 · 7 Songs. 7. Bang Bang (Bonus Track). Released: 14 Oct 2014. 2014 Sacred Bones Records.
It’s amazing what a towering accomplishment Bestial Burden is over its predecessor, 2013’s Abandon - not a bad album by any means, it certainly lacks Bestial Burden’s focus and heart, however. For Margaret Chardiet’s recent body of work, tragedy is utilized as a source of great strength. If you aren’t aware of the story by now, Chardiet was readying herself for an upcoming tour in Europe when she suddenly had a medical emergency that escalated to a major surgery, during which she had to have one of her organs removed. Any of you familiar with Pharmakon prior to this release will recognize her trademark vocals. For those of you unfamiliar, however, they may take some getting used to - and you may feel compelled to give her a lozenge! Joking aside, her yells are very pained, very focused, and sharpened to a standard that far exceeds her work on Abandon.
Bestial Burden (LP, Album, Red + DVDr + Ltd, Num). Sacred Bones Records. Bestial Burden (CD, Album). Bestial Burden (LP, Album, Ltd, RP, Bru).
Bestial Burden works because of its methodical execution-a calculated piece of catharsis that towers over all other bedroom power electronics tape-peddlers. The Line of Best Fit. Oct 10, 2014. 90. Death is inevitable and we don’t know what’s on the other side, so while we’re here just put everything into it.
Released October 14, 2014. Bestial Burden Tracklist. 2. Intent or Instict Lyrics.
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