DOWNLOAD- Imperium (1987) Maldoror
This is one of my favourite Current 93 albums, probably the one that had the most longlasting impact on me. This album was a turning point for Current 93 since the lyrics by David Tibet are a so much in focus here, after this release they also started leaning more towards a folky sound. In other words this is the album when the band started defining the sound they’re most known for.
Still, this is mostly an industrial/ambient release with some post-punk influences. Tibet’s poetical lyrics are the real highlight of the album. Lyrics dealing with the life cycle of civilizations, heavy critique against the materialism of todays western world and most of all the fear of death wich i guess everyone has to deal with at some point in their life. The album is litteraly packed with biblical references.
When I was a Child in the belly of my mother and
When I was a Child in the palace of my father
Supposedly, Tibet was ill and possibly near death when this album was recorded. Luckily for the world he endured and kept on making music.
The album consists of two parts as I perceive it. The first part is made up of four tracks named Imperium 1-4 and the second part of four tracks named Be, Locust, Or, Alone. On my copy of Imperium there’s also a tracks called Time Stands Still placed in between the two parts.
This is not an easy album to tackle but it’s really rewarding in the end.