Ah, tabelcore. We’ve come accustomed to it by now, haven’t we? Still, I like this release. Corephallism is the project of Shane Broderick (mastered by none other than James Plotkin) and it delivers what it promises: ye olde death industrial[ism] and power electronics—and he does it well. I appreciate the brevity of this 3” CD, for brevity is the soullessness of wit.
Borne from the “precise” use of analog synths and tape manipulations, Broderick ostensibly grapples with mental illness. Well, don’t we all. I like to call it the context of Amercan life, while others call it abnormality. Meh…fuck them.
The strengths of this brief recording are in its subtle phasing and tonal sweeps juxtaposed with abrupt changes, and while there’s nothing particularly new here it’s hard to deny that, if you’re into the necropsy of audio, you’ll probably love this.
The first track is intriguing, combining sacred allusions and tossing them around with some flagrant psychodrama, while the second and final journey dramatizing drowning along with a great display of phrasing. Then, the female vocals emerge, crying, out of either despair or pain or god-knows-what. That’s up to you. 7/10 -- P. Somniferum (9 September, 2009)