10 Swords

by The Poisoned Glass

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natafriden I've always been in love with Edgy's vocals, and this whole album sounds like voices in my head sometimes.
Devastating and scary, yet enchantingly beautiful piece Favorite track: Verbatim.
Paul Schwarz
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Paul Schwarz One of the Ritual rituals that I have still to connect with. This cover of the weird song from The Mighty Boosh almost sounds original... Favorite track: Eels.
Fistful of DOOM
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Fistful of DOOM There's an overwhelming sense of despair throughout this release. In spite of yourself, you are seduced in to this sinister realm of darkness and mental anguish. The plodding double bass (I think it's a double bass anyway) couples with the keys (organ.. synth?) and a generous helping of distortion to induce a temporary hypnosis. The vocal delivery both pierces and cajoles the hypnosis at the same time. Leaving the listener with a feeling of tortured satisfaction. Favorite track: Silent Vigil.
Plume Veil 06:26
Eels 06:24
Verbatim 06:02
Silent Vigil 09:28
Low Spirits 07:30


On 10 SWORDS, wide steps of ringing drones link and linger, finding slow, supple harmonious instances, and masochistic examples of the opposite, over which Edgy narrates eloquent batches of lamentation. Sometimes isolating and windswept, often immediate and agonizing, the interplay between his impassioned vocals and burgeoning electronics is a key identifier in The Poisoned Glass sound, while Dahlquist’s bass surges intermittently across the record, devastating when cranked up to full power. Pick scrapes sound off like the claustrophobic clamour of jungle animals on ‘Eels’, while elsewhere and over and over again, frequencies pulse in tandem with an unidentified score, leaving the listener suspended, for minutes on end. ‘Verbatim’ surrounds its explosion of a centre piece with an almost sarcastically reverent chant, and ‘Silent Vigil’ finds them at their most structured and consequently, at their most unsettling.

10 SWORDS utilises infinite textures and crawling pace to create a manipulative, negatively influencing flow of sound that is suffocating, suggestive, and sinister to the point of genuine fear – in other words, a huge and affecting achievement from the pair.

CD available at www.ritualproductions.net/rites/the-poisoned-glass-10-swords-cd/

12" LP available at www.ritualproductions.net/rites/the-poisoned-glass-10-swords-lp/


released April 20, 2016


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Ritual Productions is a record label based in London, launched in the Winter 2010.

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