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Heathen Shame: Speed the Parting Guest

Kenneth Yu

Horrifying, terrifying, revolting doesn't even begin to describe this pile of shit. Heathen Shame is really a shame.


Heathen Shame

Speed the Parting Guest

Label: Twisted Village
US Release Date: 2005-08-09
UK Release Date: Available as import
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Heathen Shame is one of the Twisted Village's Wayne Rogers and Kate Biggar's manifold side projects. Veterans of the experimental ultra-obscure scene, their efforts in melding post-rock sensibilities to the avant-garde has delighted a dedicated cult following all theis while. Unsurprisingly, with an output as prolific as theirs, there are bound to be clunkers.

However, what is shocking is that this is not a clunker. No no no, that would be an understatement of the highest order, tantamount to saying Africa has a hunger problem or Hurricane Katrina was a mere scratch wound to the fabric of America.

In fact, words cannot describe the shittiness which is Speed the Parting Guest, short of calling it Shame the Parting Guest, but that would be childish. Instead, let me try to simulate the three tracks with the written word. And yes, what happens below is deliberate.

It starts like this:

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Progresses like this:

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And ends like this:

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If you find artistic merit in whatever transpired, finding a certain artistic resonance emitting from these random fonts, then this album might be for you. However, if you find the whole affair a painful attempt at generating word count instead of saying anything substantial, then you have just experienced a literary equivalent of the album from my vantage point. The ample white noise and random meaningless feedback which constitute the entire LP are just a bloody waste of time. Even left-of-field genre proponents like Black Dice and Pere Ubu have method to their madness.

Speed the Parting Guest is just madness.

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