JARBOE – Mahakali

Legendary vocalist/avant garde rock pioneer Jarboe brings her ethereal voice and vision to her latest album, Mahakali. It takes only a few seconds for the album to take your take hold of your spirit and mind as Jarboe‘s hypnotic siren call glide through opening track, “Mahakali, of Terrifying Countenance.” Atmospheric, emotional, and powerful, the band quickly traverses much terrain shifting from the brooding, the dark, the desolate, and the sobering. There are just enough layers of instrumentation and musical darkness to set the mood without overloading the listener. Particularly, there is plenty of tasty percussion work to be found.

There are plenty of guest appearances from Attila Csihar (MAYHEM), Colin Marston (DYSRHYTHMIA, BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS), Josh Graham (NEUROSIS, A STORM OF LIGHT), and Phil Anselmo (DOWN). “The Soul Continues” is an absolutely fantastic track combining the black and sinister, low-end vocals of Attila Csihar with absolutely haunting vocal lines by Jarboe. The song is a great juxtaposition of different vocals stylings coming together to create a very powerful single expression. If there was ever a song that perfectly captured the sounds of a nightmare, “A Sea of Blood and Hollow Screaming…” would be it. The sheer power of the song is undeniable. Phil Anselmo‘s lead vocal contribution on the melancholic, acoustic song, “Overthrown,” is a great showcase of his creativity and ability to bear his soul in pure honesty.

Before you realize it, the album is over and the silence really resonates within your mind after being taken on such a trip. Mahakali is perfect for those seeking something more and something that is true and powerful. Many rewards await the listener. (The End Records)

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The End Records Signs Collaboration Between Jarboe & Justin K. Broadrick

The End Records has signed the new project entitled: J2, featuring enigmatic singer/songwriter/performer Jarboe (SWANS) and Justin K. Broadrick, frontman for ambient/progressive noise project JESU (ex-GODFLESH).

J2 is the symbol for current density. The symbol is also short for “Joule” which means: Pronunciation Key: joule (jôôl, joul) The International System unit of electrical, mechanical and thermal energy.

Jarboe is known for her 14 years work with the legendary NYC East Village Art Rock band SWANS, as well as her recent musical collaborations with such bands as JESU, NEUROSIS and A PERFECT CIRCLE. Broadrick, who joined pioneering U.K. grind band NAPALM DEATH at the age of 15, formed the influential metal/industrial act GODFLESH in the late-80’s and in 2003 started up his current band JESU.

“..When I met Justin, he commented upon the impact and influence of Swans upon his music. We did a concert together in London in 2005 and began discussing working together. I had also been drawn to the unique energy of JESU and so this was exciting to explore.”

The J2 album will be released in the spring of 2008 on The End Records.