Dylan Walker (Full of Hell), Lee Buford (The Body), and Lingua Ignota have teamed together for a terrifying new project. If you are familiar with the body of work of any of the above, the amalgamation of sounds they have crafted with Sightless Pit may not be too far from what you’d expect. If you enter into this pit unaware however, you may be biting off more than you can chew. The dark, industrial, noisy cacophony laid before you is not for the easily startled.
I haven’t felt as uncomfortable listening to a piece of music in quite some time. The last thing that got me so unnerved (in a good way) was probably the enigmatic work of groups like Throbbing Gristle that really pushed the envelope of texture in music to me. “Kingscorpse” is a shocking affair the first time through. Beginning with a rapturous pair of choral vocals, it is quickly followed up by grating electronic instrumentation and the harsh, distorted shrieks of Lingua Ignota. Equal parts horror movie and art, the first time through I sat quietly in my chair, reflecting on what I had just heard. That’s the thing that enticed me to run it back. I had no fucking clue what I had just listened to, but all I knew is that I needed to hear it again. Now you can too!
I am very curious to see where Sightless Pit goes when their debut album, Grave of a Dog, drops February 21 through Thrill Jockey. “Kingscorpse” doesn’t give you much of a clue of what to expect, but there are a couple things I think we can be certain about. Grave of a Dog is not going to be pretty, nor will it be relaxing. So buckle in, take a deep breath, and get ready to dive into some of the most perplexing and jarring music 2020 is likely to offer. There’s a good chance you’ll like what you hear and get lost in the rhythm of the madness.
If you do like what you hear, consider visiting the pre-order page to pick up a copy for yourself.