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Devour

Pharmakon

Devour

Fifth album from experimental/industrial noise artist Margaret Chardiet recorded live in the studio

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Sacred Bones
UK Release date
30/08/2019
US Release date
30/08/2019
  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Not only does this record capture the force and rhythmic energy of a Pharmakon performance, it’s a stunning evocation and confrontation of a somatic experience of the times we live in
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  2. 8.5 |   The 405

    Pharmakon challenges and enthrals by bringing unabating noise to the fore on Devour
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  3. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Devour overall is a punishing, malicious force of a record, one focused entirely on the eradication of any sense of self and musical procedure, with no room for reprieve
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Chardiet's shredded vocals are mixed low enough throughout the album that they often sound like more of her hardware electronics — perhaps respective reflections of the cognitive distortions of the different stages of grief — but the pain and desperation she conveys still register on a basic animal level
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  5. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    So many of the sounds she works with have a metallic timbre, songs evoke associations with factories and furnaces
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  6. 8.0 |   Resident Advisor

    That Devour is such a tiring album is a testament to its cohesiveness. These tracks flow elegantly into one another, and the attention to dynamics and tension allows for seamless listening
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    Like everything else Pharmakon does, this is almost unbearably intense, but in a way that resonates deeply and is almost soothing, as if the only way to justify the horrors of living is to elevate one's self into the most chaotic state possible
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  8. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    With one of her most harrowing and powerful albums to date, Margaret Chardiet zeroes in on the locus where global horrors register on the individual
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